Quick facts

About Tate

HARD WORK AND great results don’t have to be at the expense of having a good time along the way. That is the firm belief of managing director David Clubb and he puts it into action at Tate, a Luton-based recruiter that fills office support roles. As a result, the strongly female workforce — 127 women and just 20 men — report that their colleagues are fun to work with (86% positive).

Part of the Impellam Group of companies, Tate provides an assistance helpline for anyone dealing with stress, backed up by encouragement to take time out to deal with the cause. Staff feel that their manager would be quick to respond if they showed signs of being under too much pressure (83%), saying bosses care for them as individuals (90%).

As part of its VolunTate scheme, employees can take a paid day off to support a charity of their choice and Clubb regularly gets involved with fundraising at the 30 branches. Staff say he runs the firm
on moral principles (92%, a top-20 ranking).

Tate invested £220,500 in its trainee programme last year, which gives people with no prior experience in the industry the opportunity to begin a career. Employees believe they gain valuable experience from their job (87%).


What is it like to work for Tate

Open communication and accessibility to the senior team are key within Tate. Through spending time in the branch network and asking for feedback in terms of what’s working and what should change there is an environment of continuous improvement. Everyone has a voice and opinions and ideas are valued. The Regional Directors hold a weekly conference call to share news and updates and send out a weekly update highlighting achievements and performance. The values at Tate are not just something written on a piece of paper, or in the Boardroom, they are actively practised in the business, and there is an expectation within Tate that all employees, including Senior Management, demonstrates them at all times. They ran a survey earlier this year about values and engagement in the business to identify people’s concerns and issues. The results of this survey were shared from the senior management team addressing all of the questions and providing solutions and answers to ensure everyone feels their opinion is valuable to the business. The CEO lives the brand and the culture with a capability of making the vision a reality and he is always very visible and accessible within the business, working from each branch and constantly asking for feedback. His style is very inclusive and he build strong relationships with all employees. He has a sense of humour and appreciates that hard work and gaining results don’t have to be to the detriment of fun along the way. David is very highly regarded and respected in the business, very approachable, open and interested in everyone. He is results oriented, but ensures great customer satisfaction is at the forefront of everything Tate do.
My Manager
My Manager
This year Tate’s managers are going through a bespoke 12-month leadership development programme. It started in April 2016, when each manager received a detailed 360-degree feedback session from their manager on their core competencies, strengths and development areas. The 360 feedback then led to the creation of a 12-month development plan, covering each of the competencies assessed against in the 360. Managers were asked to attend two mandatory sessions on ‘Driving Sales’ and ‘Leadership & Promise Management’, followed by any sessions that they felt would add to their development, based on the feedback given. For example, the company ran additional sessions on ‘Planning and Strategy’, ‘Coaching for Performance’ and ‘Relationship Building’. In April 2017 they will be running the same 360 once more, to show managers how they have improved and what areas they may still need to focus on. After the courses, further support was given to the managers by their managers and the L&D team through coaching and reviews sessions. The company measures the performance of their managers through monthly reviews with their director. The main focus is on team performance and future plans. All managers have an annual appraisal which is focused on personal development and career progression. An important part of the role is business planning, and each year they spend time with a panel of representatives across the business to deliver their annual plans. They are given feedback on their development areas and praised on their success. Annually, Tate award a manager of the year who has outperformed and led their teams to growth and continued success.
My Company
My Company
Tate provides all staff, new and return workers a personalised one to one or small group induction by a senior member of staff which takes them through the history, vision, values and USP's of the organisation within their first week of joining Tate. Everyone is given a real insight into the organisation along with weekly updates from the Managing Director which updates everyone on the vision and values so everyone can see how effective the company are being.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

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

  • Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Companies offering private health insurance for all employees

  • Development

    Companies who provide support for non-work related training

Company Statistics

  • Male : Female:

    14% / 86%

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  • Earning £35,000+:


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