Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Public Sector Consultancy
  • Year established:
    2004
  • UK locations:
    London

About Avail Consulting Ltd

Strong values drive Avail Consulting; just ask any of its employees who cite the firm’s collaborative spirit as the secret of its success. The company culture, which includes putting the client first, delivering value for money, honesty, good humour and mutual support, has ensured rapid growth as well as staff engagement.

“We all come from different backgrounds, but the firm recruits people who naturally have the same ethos,” says senior consultant Heather Rolinson, who has been with Avail for five years. “If the person’s values do not fit the company’s, then we wouldn’t hire them, even if they had the technical skills.”

Consultant Leanne Sheldon joined five months ago and believes she is viewed not as just another employee but as an individual who contributes. “It is not just a case of here are some values, meaningless words you have to recite by heart,” she says. “They are ingrained in everyone’s behaviour and reinforced from the top down.” According to our survey, employees say senior managers truly live the values of this organisation, giving them an 85% positive score. They believe they can make a valuable contribution to the success of the organisation (88%) and agree that Avail is run on strong values (89%). London-based Avail, a member of the Tribal Group, is a public sector consultancy, which advises a variety of organisations such as the School Food Trust, which was set up by the then Department for Education and Skills to make school meals more nutritious.

The firm has grown from two to 51 consultants in just five years and is an £8.7m business. According to the founders and joint managing directors, Martin Wilson and Rob Garner, the aim was to create a medium-sized, people-centred firm based on respect. “Martin and I subscribe to an extended family style of management, where you know your colleagues,” Garner says. “So what we have done is attract individuals with a wide range of technical skills, but what binds them is mutual regard.” Wilson says: “I really enjoy working with these people because they are talented and good fun.” Employees not only feel inspired by Wilson and Garner (89%), but also have a great deal of faith in them (92%).

They feel a strong sense of family within their teams (81%) and agree that colleagues are fun to work with (87%). For Garner, cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit is another reason for the firm’s success. “We not only encourage ntrepreneurship in the client-facing side of the business, but allow people to influence the business directly,” he says. Managing consultant Mat Orman joined the firm five years ago on April Fool’s day. He has not joked around, however, but seized on the ability to develop in the rganisation. “The appeal for me is the chance to work for a relatively new company and be able to influence its direction,” he says. “Because I have had some input, I do feel the work is interesting and the business is a part of me.” Colleagues agree, saying senior managers listen (81%), that there are opportunities to learn and grow (82%, a top 10 score) and that they can make a difference (83%). Their work is stimulating (85%) and the experience gained invaluable (92%, a score bettered

by just three other companies).


What is it like to work for Avail Consulting Ltd

Leadership
Leadership
All new employees are given the opportunity to sit down with each of the partners and directors once they have joined the organisation for an introductory ‘getting to know you’ meeting. There are no separate offices for partners or directors as they work in the same hot desk environment in an open office generating an atmosphere where they get to know and work alongside everyone in the company.
Personal Growth
Personal Growth
Continuous Professional Development supports all staff through professional accreditation with a variety of separate bodies. Avail have also supported staff through independent study in subjects without a direct link to the core aims of the business.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
As well as offering a basic salary above the industry average, Avail aim to pay an annual bonus to all permanent staff from a pool generated from the level of success the company has enjoyed.

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Benefits:

  • Women
    Women

    At least 33% of senior managers are women

  • Shares
    Shares

    Companies where employees are offered share options

  • Holidays
    Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave

  • Gym
    Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    10% of staff undertake charitable activities during business hours

  • Childcare
    Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Pensions
    Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary or non-contributory pension scheme

  • Maternity
    Maternity

    At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Full family cover

Company Statistics

  • Annual Sales:

    £8,695,000

  • UK sites:

    1

  • Staff Turnover:

    15%

  • Average Age:

    31

  • Staff:

    54

  • Male : Female:

    56% / 44%

  • Male to Female ratio:

    56% / 44%

  • Earning £35,000+:

    91%

  • Provides work experience?:

    Yes

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