Thakeham Group

As a HBF 5* Home Builder, we deliver distinctive residential developments and quality affordable homes across the South East.
http://www.thakeham.com

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Putting people before profits, Thakeham voluntarily handed back to the government about £200,000 in furlough payments for 40% of its staff during the coronavirus pandemic. It was a rare move for a company outside the realm of big business but the board voted unanimously to return the money when the outlook for the construction industry became clearer, saying: “We simply believe that other people needed this money more than us. Our values must always match those of the national community creator we aspire to become.”

The West Sussex company, committed to creating amazing places to live and work, has become a developer with a difference since its launch in 2003, delivering social, affordable and retirement housing for some of the UK's biggest housing associations and local authorities. Last year Thakeham and its contractors contributed about £450,000 to build an ecological hub and study centre at Seeley Copse on the Goodwood Estate in Chichester, where 3,000 schoolchildren and their families will learn about biodiversity each year.

Thakeham describes the 200 people it employs as its best asset and communication became vital for staff working from home. Managers made every contact accessible and relevant, using a range of channels to share information and invite feedback. As well as hosting meetings and Q&A sessions, Thakeham opened a virtual pub and held quizzes, a murder mystery and a children's scavenger hunt. Everyone across the business was given an extra week off at Easter 2021 in recognition of their dedication throughout a difficult year.

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Personal Growth

87% of staff agreed

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

It's important to look outside the box to attract new talent, says Thakeham. The developer won an award for Excellence in Partnership Working during World of Work Week when managers took over teaching Year 10 classes.

Wellbeing

75% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

In January 2021, Thakeham's first Wellbeing month was so popular that it was extended to two months. The daily programme achieved an 80% participation rate with events including a self-care audit, chair yoga, book club, drawing classes, mindfulness sessions and a distance challenge and stretching classes to get everybody moving.

Giving Something Back

97% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Thakeham has become the first SME housebuilder to sign up to the United Nations Race to Zero campaign to plan for a carbon-neutral future and has signed up as a sponsor of the Atlantis Swimming Club in Sussex as it fights for survival after a long closure during the pandemic.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2003
Total number of employees
2
Number of UK locations
42
Employee average age
62% : 38%
Male : Female employee ratio
64%
Employees earning £35k+
3%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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