Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Insurance data and technology specialist
  • Year established:
    1983
  • Website:
    http://www.hoodgroup.co.uk
  • Contact
    • 1st Floor, Maitland House , Warrior Square, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 2JY

About Hood Group

The Hood Group are insurance data and technology specialists that work with start-ups, consumer brands and insurers, to help them find and deliver innovative business models, new products and deeper engagement with customers.

The company was started by Chief Executive Simon Hood’s father in 1983, with Simon joining the business in 1989 to set up the sales and marketing department.

In January 2017, they launched their Innovation Lab in London, that is available for staff to use freely and even take their dog along for the day! People attend the lab to take part in hackathons, team meetings and away days to really experience the creative culture.

The Innovation Lab and Hackathons give staff opportunities to work on a business challenge for two days, often in an area that will disrupt the insurance market. Participants have access to internal and external mentors to provide advice and then present their concept to a judging panel.


What is it like to work for Hood Group

My Manager
My Manager
They offer full coaching and mentoring for any managers that need it. Line managers are coached to deal with difficult conversations and performance improvements after they’ve attended an appraisal skills workshop. Individuals are also coached on an ongoing basis by their managers.
Wellbeing
Wellbeing
They host bi-annual ‘wellbeing’ weeks, lead by a dedicated wellbeing team, during which activities can include guest speakers talking about mental wellbeing in the workplace, sports massages, Indian head massages, aromatherapy and health assessments. Free healthy breakfast and lunches are also provided.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
They provide support for careers fairs in local schools and colleges, and support with interview skills, work-placements and apprenticeships. Funds raised by staff are distributed to five charities: the Kings Critical Care Appeal, The Art Ministry, Peaceful Place, Acresway and Mummy’s Star.

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Benefits:

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss

  • Gym
    Gym

    companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or offering subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

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  • Profit Related Payment
    Profit Related Payment

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  • Development
    Development

    Companies who provide support for non-work related training

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to staff

Company Statistics

  • Staff Turnover:

    14%

  • Staff:

    158

  • UK sites:

    2

  • Earning £35,000+:

    27%

  • Average Age:

    34

  • Male : Female:

    49% / 51%

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