Novatech

With over 30 years' experience in the industry, we’re one of the largest retailers of computer products in the UK.
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Novatech Ltd. is one of the UK’s leading providers of PC hardware, custom gaming systems and bespoke workstations. The specialist manufacturer works in a range of sectors, including retail, education, defence and public sector, designing, engineering, and building systems, servers, simulators, and a host of other hardware and software solutions.

They have a strong wellbeing ethos. Initiatives include weekly wellbeing “info bites”, care packages and having 10% of the workforce trained as Mental Health First Aiders.  Remote working will feature after the pandemic to support a positive work/life balance.

Understanding the importance of social interaction, Novatech have gaming platforms, Team hang out sessions and a social allowance, which has seen people take up gin tasting and escape rooms.  During the pandemic, they launched a video-based lotto, bringing everyone together with a dose of fun. Staff (including the CEO and Directors) featured in short clips to announce winners.

Communication is key. Staff surveys and the People Committee allow management to gain feedback on ways to support employees and during the pandemic, CEO David Furby ensured everyone was kept informed with regular updates.  

Novatech cares about giving back to the community. Solent Mind were voted “charity of the year” by staff in 2020. Other causes supported include QA Hospital, Portsmouth Foodbank, and Friends Fighting Cancer. With defence sector links, Novatech signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a commitment to show support in helping those connected with the forces into employment.

There’s a real team culture at Novatech which the pandemic has only strengthened.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Manager

87% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

Novatech's management team have been on a four-month journey – with Insights Discovery sessions, one-to-one coaching and accountability/feedback sessions – to open up new ways of working together and drive the business forward. The team are also working on their personal development plans to ensure there is ongoing development.

My Company

85% of staff agreed

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

Novatech has introduced STAR awards, random acts of appreciation for members of the team that have gone above and beyond. Anyone can put forward an individual or a team. Winners receive a gift card and a letter to celebrate their achievements.

My Team

86% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Social events, such as gin tasting, continued virtually during the pandemic. Teams were provided with social allowances to spend on doing something fun together – some shared takeaways remotely. At Christmas, teams made short videos for advent lotto, with a different one watched each day.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1987
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
37
Employee average age
75% : 25%
Male : Female employee ratio
12%
Employees earning £35k+
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Long Service

Companies where at least 40% of the staff have worked there for more than five years.

Pensions

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Private Healthcare

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Quote from the top...
“We are very proud to be accredited as a Best Companies 1 star Company to work for. Our ambition has been to make this an even better place to work since getting involved with the b-heard survey in 2019. We have been extremely busy during the pandemic and despite the challenges it has brought, everyone has risen to the occasion. A testament to the passion and team spirit we have. It is vital in return for everyone’s brilliant efforts, we put them first in everything we do. My priority is to always make sure we do the right thing by our people. Wellbeing, was already been a priority for us and it has been even more so during the pandemic. We increased our mental health first aiders and have really invested in awareness campaigns about looking after mental wellbeing. Our previous Best Companies survey results have given us a great amount of honest feedback and from this, we have made positive changes. I am so pleased to see that our people feel they are being listened to and are feeling more valued and engaged. Our people are at the heart of what makes Novatech great, we wouldn’t be where we are after 34 years if it wasn’t for our fantastic team.”

David Furby, CEO - Novatech

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