UMi

We make it easier for businesses to do more and go further by finding and packaging the best information, expertise and finance.

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UMi is the new name for the BE Group, the business services company that helps organisations with events, investment solutions, media campaigns, digital transformation, corporate improvement programmes and entrepreneurial-related content. The name comes from the abbreviated form of Ursa Minor – a constellation that contains the alpha star Polaris and is a constant in the night sky, trusted by people to guide them for centuries. Just like UMi, it says.

“We get that businesses are more than just bricks and mortar or numbers on a spreadsheet, they are living, breathing things powered by people. There's nothing we enjoy more than working with open-minded individuals doing great things, just like us,” says UMi, headquartered in Seaham, Co Durham and with six offices altogether.

Of keeping its team in the loop in the past year, the company says: “It sounds simple but the honest answer is that we have behaved like a family would; with compassion, care, shared values and ambition. These guiding principles have informed our approach to managing staff absence, locations, welfare, individual and our overall business performance.”

UMi states that positive sentiment has never been higher, as measured by the levels of engagement in surveys and forums. It took on more people in the past year than any other period – and those who worked for it on a temporary basis remarked on what an amazing employer the company is.

The employee-owned group, founded in 2007 and led by Nicki Clarke, states its financial trading performance for the period will be the best yet.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

94% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of my manager

Senior leaders have held have held regular and ad hoc Teams calls to individuals, regardless of their line management – and live recorded sofa sessions with the CEO and team members have discussed current projects, plus veered into light-hearted chat like your favourite takeaway, film, and more.

My Company

95% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

The last engagement survey showed results consistent with previous years – at more than 90% positive sentiment. The feedback was shared with everyone during business update sessions. The group also shares results of the UMi Pulse survey and makes people aware of any relevant changes it may undertake in response to feedback.

Wellbeing

90% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

The so-called Positive Posse creates ideas, as well as the time and space for them, to encourage wellbeing. Offerings have covered virtual meditation sessions, coffee and catch-ups, lunches, socially distanced dance routines and quizzes. The posse also pushes out top tips on how to keep motivated and active.

Benefits

Profit Related Pay

Companies where Profit Related Pay is available to all employees.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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