Brightstar Financial has been named as the Best Small Company to work for in the UK by the Sunday Times, receiving a Three Star Best Companies accreditation; the highest quality mark possible.
The Billericay-based specialist mortgage distributor, which topped the list of the top 100 best small companies to work for in the national survey, was praised for its ‘extraordinary’ levels of workplace engagement.
Brightstar, which was founded in 2011, was an early adopter of the Women in Finance Charter and has been a trailblazer and ambassador for the campaign ever since. It has also been a pioneer in championing awareness about employee wellbeing and mental health issues. In 2017 the business opened a Wellbeing Room to provide its people with a dedicated space to relax and unwind as part of its Mental Health Action Plan.
Clare Jupp, People Development Director at Brightstar Financial, says:
“We are absolutely delighted to have received the fantastic news that we have not only made the 2019 ‘Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to work for’ list, but that we achieved first place. This is an outstanding achievement that we are all incredibly proud of. It sets us above our peers and epitomises our Brightstar value of ‘we love what we do’.
“Our team at Brightstar share an outstanding attitude to work and we are fully committed to giving a fantastic service experience to our introducers and clients. We believe that we have created a working environment and business culture where there is a strong sense of belonging and where our people feel cared for, motivated and rewarded for their contribution and achievement. Because of this engagement, our team work tirelessly together to make Brightstar the very best at what we do, which of course is fantastic news for everyone who works with us.
“This was our first opportunity to be eligible to make the Sunday Times list and receive the Best Companies quality mark and we are so proud to have achieved such amazing things and obtained the highest ever placing of any organisation in our sector.”
Jonathan Austin, Founder and CEO of Best Companies, says:
“I would like to congratulate Brightstar Financial on their achievement of a Three Star Accreditation status and being named as the UK’s Best Small Company to Work for. Best Companies have been producing the Accreditation standard since 2006 to acknowledge excellence in the workplace. We are proud that organisations like Brightstar focus on their employees and have been rewarded with an engaged workforce who tell us that they’re a best company to work for.”
This is not the first award that Brightstar has won for its commitment to people development and culture. In July 2016, Brightstar was named the Investors in People (IIP) Gold Employer of the Year, beating more than 300 companies from 29 countries across the globe. Brightstar won from the top 7% of all IIP certified businesses in the world. Brightstar was also named ‘Equality Employer of the Year’ in 2018 and is also a Living Wage Employer.
Careers & People Development