vetted Ltd T/A Checkatrade

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http://www.checkatrade.com

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KEVIN BRYNE NEVER throws cold water on employee feedback — but he's happy for his workforce to throw icy water on him. The Checkatrade.com founder and managing director took an ice-bucket challenge last year, inviting staffers to drench him in freezing water in aid of a project to build new changing and shower rooms at Redwood Park School in Cosham, Hampshire, for children with learning difficulties. Checkatrade.com, the recommended trade register where people can assess and review tradespeople, has a mission to eliminate rogues. Its 180 employees say Byrne runs the place on sound moral principles (giving this statement a top-two positive score of 95%). He founded the firm in the wake of a tornado in 1998, when hundreds of homes and buildings were damaged in Selsey, West Sussex, and, it says, “rogue traders travelled from all over the country to take advantage of the situation”. Today the Selsey-based company has published more than 1.5m customer reviews, and prints and delivers 8.2m free directories a year, listing background-checked traders who have signed up to its standards. Its profits come from charging its 14,000 members. In the last available financial year, 2013, the private firm says revenues grew by 48% to £6.7m and profits rose 31% to £110,000. It opened offices in Newcastle and Guildford, and staff numbers rose by almost two-thirds last year. Employees believe the business is making a positive difference to the world (89%) and run on strong values (94%) — both top-10 scores. Its principles include integrity, being responsive, partnerships and a social conscience. www.checkatrade.com

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Giving Something Back

99% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

All company staff has free access outside of office hours to the onsite gymnasium, with cardiac, weights and strength machines. Ok, other companies have a gym - but the real innovation at Checkatrade is that they also employ two full time Personal Trainers and every member of staff can have a free Wellness Session in work time every 2 weeks. The take up on gym and nutrition initiative is significant - anecdotal evidence suggests around 80%. Members of staff can chose their own activity at Wellness sessions which include: Personal Training sessions Individual eating plans and nutritional advice Shopping for the right food, Yes the trainer will take staff shopping! Fitness planning and home workout plans Sports injury and general massage Sea swimming sessions .Bike rides Circuits training and regular running sessions. There are Company cricket and football teams, spin classes and self-defence classes. The company have entered running teams into the Chichester Corporate Challenge and regularly organise staff sport challenges. A recent initiative was to open a Common room for employees, free PC and print access, table football, snooker, play station. People use the ‘Hub' for weekly therapeutic craft project evenings and just to relax. It brings people together, and many friendship groups have formed through the gym and the Hub. Mutual support is very strong in the company and doubtless underpins people's wellbeing.

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97% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

This year the company completed a £350,000 project for Redwood Park School for mentally challenged young adults. It was a complete rebuild of sports changing facilities and swimming pool refurbishment. The company actively promote their generous charity leave policy whereby staff can volunteer for up to a week. One staff member has recently returned from a week at a holiday camp for adults with disabilities and said it was incredibly humbling, rewarding. Through the Checkatrade Foundation, the company support local, national and international causes; they funded a life-saving defibrillator and training for 12 staff at a primary school near their head office in Selsey. Seal School is where many staff went to school or have children there now and the company were delighted to help. They organised a football match at Crawley Town football ground raising money from staff and the public who wanted to play and spectators and raised £1280. This was divided equally between Chestnut Tree House children's hospice and the Nepal appeal following the earthquake. The cheques were presented to both at a recent game. North East: office took part in the Edinburgh 10k while there is a team running the Great South Run at the end of October. They have sponsored local football teams in Newcastle and Chichester with new kit. Staff play on the teams and it's great to see them come together and play regularly.

Leadership

96% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

All company staff has free access outside of office hours to the onsite gymnasium, with cardiac, weights and strength machines. Ok, other companies have a gym - but the real innovation at Checkatrade is that they also employ two full time Personal Trainers and every member of staff can have a free Wellness Session in work time every 2 weeks. The take up on gym and nutrition initiative is significant - anecdotal evidence suggests around 80%. Members of staff can chose their own activity at Wellness sessions which include: Personal Training sessions Individual eating plans and nutritional advice Shopping for the right food, Yes the trainer will take staff shopping! Fitness planning and home workout plans Sports injury and general massage Sea swimming sessions .Bike rides Circuits training and regular running sessions. There are Company cricket and football teams, spin classes and self-defence classes. The company have entered running teams into the Chichester Corporate Challenge and regularly organise staff sport challenges. A recent initiative was to open a Common room for employees, free PC and print access, table football, snooker, play station. People use the ‘Hub' for weekly therapeutic craft project evenings and just to relax. It brings people together, and many friendship groups have formed through the gym and the Hub. Mutual support is very strong in the company and doubtless underpins people's wellbeing.

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At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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