Chelmsford (PRWEB UK) 1 April 2014
Chelmsford-based Hospitality Industry Training (HIT) was recognised for its flexible approach and employee engagement achievements with the 14th annual Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For award. The award is a nationally recognised and long-established barometer of excellence in the workplace and formally recognises effective employee engagement. This was the first year that HIT took part in the survey which measures staff motivation and workplace satisfaction. HIT scored 92 overall and were ranked 24th in the Personal Growth category, which measures to what extent staff feel they are stretched and challenged by their job. The company place key importance on employee communication and satisfaction.
As part of the ranking process, the Sunday Times found that “Board members regularly visit regional offices, spending the majority of their time with workers, listening and taking action when appropriate. Managing director Jill Whittaker makes it a priority to meet as many employees as possible, learning about their roles, and their interests inside and outside of the business. As a result, colleagues find Whittaker inspiring (75%) and have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team (77%).”(1)
HIT is the leading specialist training and apprenticeship provider for the UK’s hospitality, hotel and catering industry. The company is located in a Capital Space flexible studio space at Waterhouse Business Centre in Chelmsford and also counts this as one of the reasons for their success. The flexibility at Waterhouse Business Centre has helped to fuel the company’s growth, allowing them to move to bigger units easily as the company prospered.
Michelle Eden, Manager at HIT, explained, “We have found this particular location suits our needs in terms of space and facilities including great transport links not to mention the very helpful reception staff!”
Capital Space provides flexible workspaces and offices for growing businesses and start-ups in a variety of locations across South-East England, catering to the growing number of new SMEs being established outside London.
Lesley Hickmott, Capital Space said, “The Chelmsford area is proving popular with start-ups and young businesses with entrepreneurial spirit and this reflects recent trends and the growing demand for flexible, technology-connected centres in areas outside London, like Chelmsford."
A study carried out in January by Start Up Britain highlights Chelmsford as an entrepreneurial hotspot and points out that 5,689 new businesses were established in the area in 2013. (2)
About Hospitality Industry Training
With a strong local focus, HIT (http://www.hittraining.co.uk/) offers hotel and catering apprenticeships at all levels and in all sectors. Since 2006 the company has supported 40,000 learners at over 7,000 employer sites across the country.
About Capital Space
Capital Space (http://www.capitalspace.co.uk/) is a provider of flexible workspaces, serviced offices, meeting rooms and virtual offices for growing businesses. Businesses benefit from an easy monthly license for space, meaning no need for a lease. Capital Space pride themselves on offering tailored services to help start-ups and SMEs develop and grow. They are located across South-East England, including Chlemsford, Colchester, Southend, Harlow, Milton Keynes, Kings Hill, Sittingbourne and Croydon.