Times Top 100 Companies to Work for 2009

Sep 19, 2012 13:28:42 PM

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MarketMakers wins a Sunday Times Top 100 Best Company Award 2009

Staff at MarketMakers decided that one of their values would be the image of a fist – symbolising the power of the group working together. And the company, one of the youngest in our list, has certainly punched above its weight by shooting into the rankings in 25th position.

Most of the 65 employees at this direct marketing firm are in their mid-twenties, and directors Paul Thomas and Henry Braithwaite – who started the company – are both just 27.

MarketMakers won an HSBC Start-up Stars award in 2007, and has grown from a staff of 10 in 2004 to working with clients including Microsoft, Barclays Bank and HSBC. It finds new opportunities for its clients through the internet, print and telemarketing and recruited 27 new employees last year. Staff say that colleagues are fun (93%), their groups have a buzz about them (84%), that people care for one another (91%) and feel a strong sense of family too (86%).

Employees are excited about where the firm is going (88%) and inspired by the leadership (89%). To keep people motivated, once a month everyone gets together for an afternoon of awards and then a social gathering such as a trip to London or ‘a party at Henry or Paul’s house’. Outings have included destinations such as a Portsmouth football match and the Isle of Wight.

The company has a dedicated learning and development department and employees say there are no limits to their growth at the firm (83%).

People don’t report work related stress (85%) and their health isn’t suffering because of work (87%), while MarketMakers offers twice – weekly therapy sessions to help people quit smoking, run by the NHS.

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