Markerstudy Group

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GROWING BY ALMOST a third in the past year, the Markerstudy Group of Companies now has a workforce of more than 3,000 people dedicated to “putting fun into insurance”. As a result the insurer, which ranked 29th on our list of Best 100 Companies in 2016, has now made a remarkable leap into fourth place among the top 30 Big Companies this year. From its headquarters in Sevenoaks, Kent, and 45 sites around the UK, it offers brands such as Zenith and Supercover, targeting the consumer and small commercial sectors. Despite its phenomenal growth, Wellbeing is the insurer's strongest factor in our survey (an unbeaten score of 66% positive). This reflects the introduction of a healthcare cashback scheme that includes free access to an online GP. Markerstudy also runs a weekly healthy recipes blog and an annual fitness challenge to be the first to reach 2m steps. There is a discount for the on-site physiotherapist and a local personal trainer. There is a competitive edge to staff fitness, too, in the hot contest between 43 teams from around the country for the company football cup. Employees can take five days off a year to volunteer for good causes, and the Motiv8 committee helps raise funds for charity. The group donated nearly £228,000 last year. Tailored learning and development courses help build the belief among employees that they can contribute to the success of the organisation (82%). Staff go out of their way to help each other and have fun together (both 82%). www.markerstudy.com

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Giving Something Back

92% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Motiv8 is Markerstudy's central point for charitable activity, coordinating events like Markerstudy Day, the annual group wide activity fun day where staff raise money for local causes. Staff are also able to apply to Motiv8 for a donation towards their personal charity achievements and fundraising targets, offering up to £1,000 per quarter to good causes. Group charity initiatives from the last six months have included but are in no way limited to ‘Margo the Mini', a £16,000 restoration project which will see the 1969 Mini auctioned at the Classic Motor Show in November with all proceeds going to Prostate Cancer UK. There is also National Pet Month, where employees collected hundreds of tins of animal food and donated it to their local pet charities. Staff are encouraged to take a paid working day to support a charitable cause once a year. They are also able to volunteer for a charity for a week without the need to use their holiday entitlement. Markerstudy have developed two free road safety awareness programmes supported by Kent County Council that prepare children for life as a driver. Delivered to more than 24,000 young people, the programme is being delivered to an average of 500 children per week in Kent, which the company are keen to expand. Markerstudy also take care of their staff, for example they have supported some medium term absences while the employees seek drug and alcohol rehabilitation services and have also provided welfare support as and when needed. In one particular case they've also supported an employee to get off the homeless list.

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88% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

Motiv8 is Markerstudy's central point for charitable activity, coordinating events like Markerstudy Day, the annual group wide activity fun day where staff raise money for local causes. Staff are also able to apply to Motiv8 for a donation towards their personal charity achievements and fundraising targets, offering up to £1,000 per quarter to good causes. Group charity initiatives from the last six months have included but are in no way limited to ‘Margo the Mini', a £16,000 restoration project which will see the 1969 Mini auctioned at the Classic Motor Show in November with all proceeds going to Prostate Cancer UK. There is also National Pet Month, where employees collected hundreds of tins of animal food and donated it to their local pet charities. Staff are encouraged to take a paid working day to support a charitable cause once a year. They are also able to volunteer for a charity for a week without the need to use their holiday entitlement. Markerstudy have developed two free road safety awareness programmes supported by Kent County Council that prepare children for life as a driver. Delivered to more than 24,000 young people, the programme is being delivered to an average of 500 children per week in Kent, which the company are keen to expand. Markerstudy also take care of their staff, for example they have supported some medium term absences while the employees seek drug and alcohol rehabilitation services and have also provided welfare support as and when needed. In one particular case they've also supported an employee to get off the homeless list.

My Team

88% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

Senior Managers are role models and consistently represent Markerstudy's V10 (values), building the organisation and ensuring they have a legacy for the future. They do this by encouraging monthly discussions to praise and provide feedback and support in demonstrating V10 behaviours, linking reward and recognition across the group to consistently demonstrating V10 and introducing their customer charter principles that take the values beyond the office environment to external customers. Managers also listen to ideas from staff and actively encourage feedback during ‘team forum' sessions and ‘walk the floor' opportunities. Many new ideas are elevated to the Board and developed. They also actively encourage fun as a part of the Markerstudy company ethos. Kevin is passionate about communicating with staff on a personal level. He is a people person, fascinated by what makes his organisation tick, devoted to improving benefits and dedicated to building a legacy. He has implemented a monthly ‘Messenger' column called ‘View from the Top', consistently voted favourite in staff surveys. There are also regular emails from him on important business announcements and rewards including prizes for internal competitions such as finals tickets at Wimbledon, VIP tickets to football and a box at the Rugby World Cup. He participated in the MSG Football tournament, led his own Dragon Boat Team at MSG FEST Dragon Boat Racing and even judged competitions including Markerstudy's Got Talent, Stars in Our Eyes and singing competitions/dance offs with large cash prizes. These are just a selection of the ways in which Kevin is hugely involved with his employees, something that also strengthens his leadership and positive impact within Markerstudy.

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