Quick facts

About The Nichols Group

TARTAN ISN'T JUST a badge of Scottish identity at management consultancy The Nichols Group. It is the name of one of eight "colour" units in which employees socialise.

This new entry to the Best Companies list is family-owned and has clients such as the Cabinet Office. Its recent work includes strategies for the London 2012 Olympics, the Crossrail project and developing the Oyster card for Transport for London.

The company is based in London, with another office in Scotland. There's a lot of respect for its three leaders, chairman and chief executive Mike Nichols, and board members Kathryn and Frances Nichols. Employees say they run the consultancy on sound moral principles (an 89% positive score) and don't feel taken advantage of (74%). The consultancy's 81 employees report directly to the board.

People feel fairly paid relative to similar jobs in other firms (80%, and a top 10 score), and compared with others in The Nichols Group (72%). They don't feel under too much pressure to concentrate (84%) or to perform well (82%), both top 15 results.

A generous £1,322 a head is spent on fun each year. There is even a "Strictly Nichols" night in which staff can learn the foxtrot. Kilts are optional.

What is it like to work for The Nichols Group

They provide all employees with access to an employee assistance programme. This is a confidential help line which is able to advise on many different areas, including health, well being, relationships, family care, financial, consumer advice and employment law.
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Communication is facilitated through their Unit teams. Unit teams are represented by colours white, red, lilac, green, cyan, purple and Tartan. A specific annual budget is allocated to each unit and they meet once a month for a social event providing an opportunity to communicate with each other, to pass on business news and to provide feedback to the board.
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Fair Deal
The Nichols Group review each employee’s contributions on an annual basis to determine potential salary increases and discretionary bonuses, based on company profitability and individual performance. In addition, a variety of social events are organised to recognise, celebrate and reward individual and team efforts.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Women

    At least 33% of senior managers are women

  • Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave

  • Gym

    On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    10% of staff undertake charitable activities during business hours

  • Childcare

    On-site nursery or vouchers

  • Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary or non-contributory pension scheme

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    40% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Full family cover

Company Statistics

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  • Male : Female:

    67% / 33%

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