Qedis Ltd

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WHAT DO YOU get when 12 “qedites” run non-stop for 24 hours, three dance solidly, two play ping pong and one rows? A donation of more than £20,000 to Calibre Minds, a young people's charity. It was all part of Challenge Q, when employees of Qedis took part in simultaneous charity feats of endurance around the world. The London firm, which has a staff of 171 offering consultancy to some of the country's biggest businesses, has a strong social conscience, scoring 93% positive, its best mark in our survey — seventh among small companies. Qedis comes 15th overall for Giving Something Back (85%). Staff say it does a lot to support its local community (82%, eighth), for worthier motives than good publicity (81%, also eighth). Profit is not the only driving force (82%) and nobody needs to use intimidation to get what they want (90%, a top-10 score).

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Leadership

99% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Paramjit is a very warm, approachable and visible leader. He is on first name terms with all Qedis' people (and their families, too!), frequently posts updates on their internal social networking site to let them know what he is up to, and uses their employee action days for sharing and communicating messages that in other firms would be restricted to the leadership team only. He sits alongside everyone in the office, and invites all new employees to shadow him for a day as part of their induction. He has found a way to infuse his style into the organisation without creating any form of leader-worship culture, he's incredibly humble yet has the respect of everyone and he encourages this behaviour in others . Paramjit gets the best out of his people through encouraging their input to and ownership of important company initiatives, displaying a great deal of confidence and trust, not only in those more senior within the company, but right down to the newest intern. He is also very open with his plans for the future of Qedis, actively encouraging everyone to think about the role they would like to play in shaping the organisation: as shareholders they all own a part of it. Above all, Paramjit is truly passionate about Qedis, and it shows! He likes to be ‘hands on' and is involved in client delivery, recruitment and the day-to-day running of the business as well as the strategic aspects of his leadership role.

Giving Something Back

98% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Personal and professional development is a high priority at qedis. They have a fair, rigorous and development-focused performance management process; with performance feedback after each project, and formally twice a year. The Aqademy training pathway has 11 training courses, addressing the competencies junior people need to be successful. Qedis developed 4 additional courses linked to skills gaps eg Assertiveness training, BD bitesize and Advanced Core Consulting. For senior people, they have Counselling Manager and Business Development Training. They also developed a new course aimed at newly promoted Managers adapting to their increased responsibility. It is offsite and includes outdoor team building exercises linked to the learning objectives of the course. The most important course is the ‘Qedis Way', focusing on their culture and values, for new joiners. They offer GetAbstract – a tool that summarises books; Gartner, Forester, Lexus Nexus, Factiva. In the last year they ran 57 training sessions, 1040 days of training - an average of 7 days per person. They spent £174,719 on training courses, £32,951 on Knowledge Management and subscriptions; an average spend of £1,483 per person. 12/20 courses were developed and run by qedites.

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97% of staff agreed

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

Qedis's CSR programme is innovative because they donate their money, their time, business advice and take on a unique challenge, it covers 3 key events. The most significant is Challenge Q which is a physical challenge. This year it was a 24 hour global challenge where 12 qedites ran non-stop for 24 hours, 3 qedites danced solidly for 24 hours, 2 qedites played ping-pong for 24 hours and 1 qedite rowed for 24 hours. The challengers were supported by a team of qedites who stayed around the clock to encourage and cheer them on, they also invited their families and clients to the finishing line event. A team of 20 qedites spent 6 months planning the event. Qedis's partner companies around the globe also took part, one country each hour was doing a sporting activity, eg climbing, tennis, running, cycling, rowing. In total $120,000 was raised globally, in the UK they raised over £20,000 which went to their Charity of the Year (Calibre Minds), whom they also provided free business advice too. The 2nd event was their annual community day, where all their people took the day off client work, and did manual labour for 3 worthy causes. They renovated a church, community park and cemetery, painting, weeding, and clearing and funded the materials needed.

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