Your mobile phone signal might not be so good, but would you give up your back yard to help solve the problem? Bidwells could well be the firm to advise you, because one of the services offered by this property consultancy is to negotiate the terms for leasing out your land for a telecoms mast.
The firm has developed from a land agency and agriculture specialist into a 462-strong company offering all kinds of services and property-related advice. It lets out houses for residential use, sorts out commercial rents, has a building consultancy and planning arm, and even helps with subjects as specialised as deer management.
Based in Cambridge, and with 11 sites around the UK, Bidwells still manages substantial tracts of land in Scotland, helping farmers with agricultural and food marketing issues.
Surveyors, the typical role, have an average age of 37 and there appears to be plenty of scope for growing with the firm: although nearly a quarter of the team have started in the past year, almost a third have been there for more than five years and a tenth of staff have more than 15 years’ service with the company. There is a good sense of job security, with staff giving Bidwells a 75% positive score for this question.
Holiday ranges from 20 to 30 days a year, depending on rank and length of service. The firm offers job share, school hours and reduced hours contracts.
The company does best overall for its wellness policies, and staff report low levels of work-related stress (the 76% score ranking the firm 45th). They are happy with their work-life balance (66%), say that work doesn’t tend to interfere with duties at home (67%) and people don’t feel taken advantage of (63%).
Everyone has profit-related pay, private healthcare, critical illness cover, life assurance, childcare vouchers and company discounts. Most people also have a performance-related bonus.
There is a contributory pension in which the firm matches an employee’s typical contribution of 5% of salary.
Senior partner James Buxton has been with the company for 23 years, and he is seen as an inspiring figure, with a 74% score for this question. He meets all new starters, visits all offices every month, and has regular “meet and greet” sessions.
Staff have a great deal of faith in Buxton (78%) and say that he runs the organisation on sound moral principles (76%).
One of the Bidwells values is to “work together in teams” and people feel a strong sense of family among their colleagues (71%). Awaydays reinforce team spirit, and staff really care for each other (79%).
People are proud to be associated with the company (78%) and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend working for it (79%).
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On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships
On-site nursery or vouchers
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