Mission: Redesigning life’s essentials to be better for everyone. Vision: To build the UK’s most trusted company.
OVO ENERGY IS full of bright sparks. The gas and electricity supplier’s 1,166 employees, who have an average age of 27, celebrated the release of Rogue One, the latest Star Wars film, by calculating the cost of powering the Death Star (£6.2 octillion a day, apparently).
There’s a fun, young vibe at this Bristol-based company, which was founded in 2009 and reported its first profits in 2016. The firm, taking on the UK’s big six energy businesses, currently supplies more than 680,000 customers and has achieved its highest placement in its third year on our lists.
Chief executive Stephen Fitzpatrick wants Ovo to be “the UK’s most trusted company by 2020” through the efforts, openness and humility of its workforce. More than two-fifths of the staff joined in the past year but already feel welcome: the best factor score here is for My Team (an 83% positive score, ranking sixth).
Ovo uses social platform Google+ to reduce emails and manage cycling, beer-tasting and baking clubs. The result: colleagues are fun to work with (88%), power struggles don’t take their toll (73%) and people care about one another (87%).
When customers choose the 100% renewable “greener energy” option, Ovo plants five trees — rooting 250,000 saplings in the UK last year — and it supports rainforest conservation through the charity Cool Earth. The firm donated about £930,000 to good causes in 2016.
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