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Styles & Wood provides property services to the retail industry, and with four different programmes — StoreFit, StorePlanning, StoreCare and StoreData — can support retailers in just about any way. The same could be said for its employees, who believe in the principles and values of the organisation (81%). Chief executive Neil Davies has been in his position for four years and at the company for 11. Under his leadership Styles & Wood moved into the top five in last year's leadership category at the UK Business Excellence awards, rubbing shoulders with Siemens and BMW. Staff feel he is doing a great job (giving an 80% positive score), and have a great deal of faith in him (81%). Davies holds monthly "chief executive breakfast clubs" at one of the four UK offices for people to discuss both business and personal issues; staff believe he runs the company on sound moral principles (76%). The Davies effect has evidently rubbed off on management, as employees are quick to praise their style. Staff feel their manager talks openly with them (75%), believe that he or she trusts their judgment (79%) and have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior team (80%). Styles & Wood is serious about corporate social responsibility and last year headed the the official CSR index in the northwest. One of its programmes is Styles & Wood In The Community (SWITC) in which staff — who feel the job is good for personal growth (76%) — assist in school playgrounds, help with reading and writing skills, and have renovated a shop for a local epilepsy centre. Davies and his management team maintain close ties with Manchester Business School, and last year employees enjoyed 2 days of training there, resulting in them feeling that this helps them develop (68%) and that they can make a valuable contribution to the success of the company (81%). Last year a quarter of the Styles & Wood workforce, including 60 managers, were trained to enable them to deliver appraisals. All training at the organisation is planned for six months during the previous year, so as to deliver the most comprehensive schemes. The company's annual conference sets out its stall for the following year. Last year, its theme was Think + Do = Distance.

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My Company

90% of staff agreed

My work is an important part of my life

Styles&Wood ensure that employees feel they are rewarded for their efforts using a number of methods. Email and noticeboard recognition is given and a day's holiday is awarded to the Colleague of the month. Vouchers are rewarded to colleagues receiving the Chief Executive Values Awards and team meals are presented to teams exceeding business expectations. Personal letters and certificates are also awarded by the Chief Executive Officer.


Personal Growth

77% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

On average employees receive 32 hours per year formal training with an average spend per employee on training per year of £665. Examples of the sorts of training activities their employees might undertake are: SMSTS, First Aid at Work, Fire Warden, Asbestos awareness, Working at Height, IOSH In Design Managment & Leadership Customer Service, IT skills NVQ's, Business Administration Funding for Degree courses, Public speaking, Presentation skills, Stress Management, Time/ Programme management and Personal Development Reviews.


My Team

76% of staff agreed

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

Styles&Wood match funds raised by their employees for charity as many times as they can or they will provide funds for raffles and activities to enable the events to take place. They will generally match up to £250 per event. As a Project Management company delivering projects for their clients on a national basis, they recruit colleagues based in locations accross the UK. They therefore deliver an agenda which supports nationally recognised charities such as Barnardos along with projects based around their office locations. Their sites often engage in activities local to the site area where they are based, this can range from mini challenges, recruiting local labour, engagement with client community acitivities and supporting local schools.

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