Sweatshop (Brasher Leisure Ltd)

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My Company

89% of staff agreed

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

Sweatshop believes running is a force for good. They know that they are able to help provide support for runners of all abilities. If you have never run before but want to start, or run but have no one to do it with, they can help by giving people a place to come to, free of charge, where you will have a chance to go running with supportive and friendly staff at Sweatshop plus other runners to share this experience, with a real community feel. They have created the Sweatshop Running Community, the SRC. It's an entry level running group within every store and runners are incentivised for regular participation. The Running Community doesn't just stop at this entry level running group with many stores offering a variety of running groups for all abilities. With over 20000 registered members in 3 years and over 2000 people running with them every week, they are the largest (and probably most inclusive) running group in the country. The community is growing as is the recognition and appreciation from their runners for providing this free community group. For many it has transformed their lives, enhancing healthier lifestyles with both mental and physical benefits.

My Team

87% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Sweatshop took a team surfing to Croyde enabling them to spend a day out of store, let their hair down and have some fun. They held an outperform leadership programme in Wales over the course of a few days which helped managers develop key skills and behaviours. The company assisted with the Mo Farah 10K run as they currently support the Mo Farah Foundation and they also worked on a school running event in Woking for a day.

Leadership

84% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Last year Sweatshop launched a staff development programme called 'achieve'. This was in response to staff feedback and with a view to helping internal development of new managers. The company invited applications from staff and had over 20 applications and have had 6 people who started have already been promoted and a large part of this is down to the training and opportunities provided within the programme. They also have 10 people who will be starting Achieve going forward. After the great response to Achieve, they have developed a high performing manager's programme which will aspire those on it to achieve outstanding success. Those on the scheme have the unique opportunity to work closely with senior managers and the board of directors. The most successful managers will be given HPM mentor status and become an integral part in successive managers' development.

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Employees earning £35k+
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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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