Oprema

We’re the fastest growing UK distributor of CCTV, access control, intrusion, fire and networking products and carry over 50 other market leading brands.
http://www.oprema.co.uk

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Security is Oprema's area of expertise. It distributes CCTV, fire alarms, door entry systems and more to the trade. Although its staff were faced with working from home and the uncertainties of the furlough process last year, the Cardiff-based small firm saw business grow during the pandemic.

There was a 10.2% increase in headcount in the 12 months to February 2021. The company was founded in 2010 by Matt Epps (MD and founder) and Tim Duggan (technical director). It was named in the Wales Fast Growth 50 in 2015 and achieved a £16.4 million turnover three years later.

Accredited by Investors in People and a Real Living Wage employer, Oprema values its staff as one of the three key ingredients for its success. The others are passion and products. It offers a range of benefits to its employees including private healthcare, annual leave allowance, financial health checks, investment in learning and development and a cycle-to-work scheme.

There is also a monthly free lunch, biannual team-building and fundraising events, a quarterly massage and a fun but fair working environment. The management team regularly gathers feedback from the staff group via micro-surveys, checking in to ensure they are meeting expectations and looking to improve.

Oprema recently linked up with the Reward Gateway platform, through which employees will be able to access a range of discounts and enhanced company communication.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

89% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team

Staff were kept informed about health and safety issues and Oprema's sales figures during the pandemic. Update meetings took place on Microsoft Teams and, on the social side, there were remote quiz nights. Managers maintained contact and recognition by sending gifts to staff in the post.

My Team

96% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Microsoft Teams and WhatsApp groups help colleagues to communicate with each other when they are not at work together. Company e-cards, which were designed in-house, have been a hit and enable the team to say thank you, well done and happy birthday.

Giving Something Back

80% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Mind Cymru remains the company's charitable partner this year as it was unable to raise as much money in lockdown-affected 2020 as in previous years. In 2019 it donated nearly £10,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support. During the pandemic, it raised funds through the on-site tuck shop which it ran.

Benefits

Private Healthcare

Companies offering private health insurance to all employees.

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