PPL PRS

We make it easier for our customers to obtain a music licence for the playing or performance of music in public.
https://pplprs.co.uk/

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PPL PRS was created to provide a streamlined payment service for all those involved in making music. It collects fees for the UK's two licensing societies and distributes the money to the people who write, perform, compose, record or publish music for public performance.

The Leicester-based company has about 300 band members, as staff are known, and is continuing to expand the workforce. Social media campaigns have helped to boost local recruitment. There is also a refer-a-friend incentive payment, which increased from £250 to £500 last year.

PPL PRS encourages open conversation with its team through various channels, including monthly conversations with an employee group called the Producers.

In response to comments in employee surveys, it made fresh vegetarian and vegan food available on-site, reinstated a prayer room and rolled out a consistent approach on taking breaks.

A familiar tune has rung out at the music licensing company's HQ as part of its staff incentive scheme, which is based on the TV game show Play Your Cards Right. The team manager would set a specific business objective for the day and band members who achieved that goal could try their luck on a giant Play Your Cards Right board while the theme tune played, with colleagues cheering them on. Each winner picked a gift from a trolley of prizes.

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My Manager

85% of staff agreed

My manager regularly expresses their appreciation when I do a good job

Two new leadership programmes have been introduced this year, both accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management. The 12-month excelling in team leadership course is aimed at aspiring and first-line managers, while departmental and operational managers will complete the 18-month excelling in operational management programme.

Leadership

70% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

The managing director hosted virtual tea breaks twice a day during lockdown as part of a strategy to give staff direct access to decision-makers. Everyone, including people on furlough, was invited to join her informal conversations and ask questions. The VTBs regularly attracted more than 200 people over a week.

Giving Something Back

93% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Comedians from the Leicester Comedy Festival kicked off fundraising last year with an exclusive performance for staff. Events such as sponsored runs helped PPL PRS to smash the annual target for its charity partner, Help the Homeless Leicester. For each b-Heard survey completed by staff, the company donated £2.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2016
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
32
Employee average age
53% : 47%
Male : Female employee ratio
16%
Employees earning £35k+
0%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Pensions

Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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