Awards and accreditation

Best Employers Awards Trophies

Best Employers Eastern Region is about showcasing the many exceptional employers in our region - and the awards give us the perfect opportunity to do this.

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2021 Awards

Taking part in Best Employers 2021 automatically enters you into our Best Employer awards. This recognises organisations overall and in prominent industry sectors in our region.

The overall Best Employer Eastern Region winners will be announced at the virtual awards conference on Thursday 30th September. The following awards will be presented:

  • Best Large Company
  • Best Medium Company
  • Best Small Company
  • Best Hospitality and Retail
  • Best Digital and Technology
  • Best Business and Professional Services
  • Best Construction and Property
  • Best Not-For-Profit
  • Best Manufacturing
  • Best Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
  • Alex Pearce Award for the most improved

2021 Accreditation

Organisations whose culture and values scores are in the top quartile, are invited to apply for an accreditation. This involves completing a questionnaire and providing further evidence on your organisations policies, attrition, recruitment and reward approach. The results are assessed by an independent panel of judges and accreditations are awarded, either Silver, Gold or Platinum. The accredited organisations will be announced with the award winners at the virtual conference on Thursday 30th September. Accredited organisations will receive a trophy, certificate and digital logo to be used in marketing materials.

Discover more about the businesses who took part here

2018 Winners and Accreditations

The organisations listed here have been recognised as being among the best employers in the Eastern region for 2018 for culture and engagement. They earned their place through exceptional results in the Best Employers Eastern Region survey, in which companies were rated on a host of factors by those who know best - their own employees.

Their inclusion on the list marks them out as companies which care deeply about the wellbeing of their employees, and which go the extra mile to build an engaged workforce focused on the success of the individual and the business. Taken together, the strength and depth of the list illustrates the growing reputation of the Eastern region as a thriving place to live, work and build a career.

Best Overall Large Company

Concertus Design & Property Consultants

At Concertus, we offer wide ranging professional expertise and knowledge, creating successful solutions that are tailor-made to meet our clients' needs. We are an enthusiastic, passionate and a talented team and strive to make places, properties and people be the best they can by working collaboratively with all parties, to create effective and sustainable built environments.

Best Overall Medium Company

Fountain Partnership

Fountain is a digital marketing agency based in Norwich that specialises in achieving measurable growth for clients across the globe. We take an evidence-based, forecast-led approach that works with clients to achieve their targets, looking beyond traffic and clicks, to identifying the right kind of customer, their life-time value and achieving customer maximisation. Our growth has been based on the success of our clients, and we have achieved recognition from Google for being the best agency in the world at growing businesses online.

Best Overall Small Company

Aramar Solutions

Aramar delivers financial reporting, business analytics, planning and performance management solutions. We bring disconnected data together under one umbrella so that it can be transformed into intelligent insight. We are trusted by organisations of all sizes and industries to help them plan for, understand and control their business performance and make better decisions as a result.

Best Not For Profit


Allia is a not-for-profit which supports ventures and entrepreneurs that aim to make positive change for people, planet and place. Since its foundation in 1999, Allia has been at the forefront of impact, finding innovative ways to support individuals and organisations that aim to make positive change and address the most pressing global and local challenges.

Best Professional Services

LSI Architects

LSI Architects is an AJ100, award winning architectural practice with around 60 people, including architects, technologists and support staff, based in London and Norwich. We seek to create sustainable, innovative, valuable and positive Architecture that improves lives, builds communities and enhances society, or as we put it - Life Touching Design.

Best Digital And Technology

StrategiQ Marketing

Established in 2013, StrategiQ Marketing is a growing integrated marketing, creative, design and web development company based in East Anglia. Currently employing 28 people, it's one of East Anglia's largest digital agencies based on both revenue and staff. Founded upon the core pillars of partnership, scalability, expertise, service and people, the company is dedicated to achieving its motto of building brands people want to be part of.

Best Manufacturing


Founded in 1886, we are a trusted ingredients manufacturer and solutions provider to the global flavour, fragrance and consumer goods markets from our bases in the UK, the US, China and Kenya. Our people are creative, technically excellent and dedicated - allowing us to develop and supply a range of ready-made or bespoke systems to suit even the most adventurous needs.

Most Improved

Hundred Houses Society

Hundred Houses Society exists to provide great value, low cost homes for the people of Cambridge. We currently own and manage more than 1,350 homes in Cambridgeshire and constantly strive to deliver better customer service. We have ambitious plans to grow by developing new, truly affordable homes every year.


Amara Living

Since its creation in 2005 by husband-and-wife team Andrew and Sam Hood, Amara has gone from strength to strength to become a leading online destination for homeware and gifts. Amara proudly stocks over 300 curated brands including its own label A by Amara, Missoni, Ralph Lauren, Linley and Kartell.

Beckett Investment Management Group

Becketts offers financial wellbeing to private clients on an independent basis, and we provide employee benefit consultancy to corporate clients. Recognised as one of the Top 100 advisers in the UK, we have made financial services accessible to more employers, employees and individuals by communicating in an engaging way and by using humour in the serious world of finance. We hold the accreditation of chartered financial planners from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Flagship Housing

Flagship is a housing association which owns and manages more than 22,500 affordable homes across the East of England. Our purpose is to provide homes for people in need. Our core business is to develop, manage and maintain our homes, aiming to build about 750 new properties every year within five years. We have a number of subsidiary companies including RFT Services (repairs and maintenance), Flagship Homes (homes to let and for sale), and Gasway (gas services).


Two weeks older than Google and a Norwich-based company, we are pioneers of the sharing economy and a self-financed British start-up. As a mission-driven social enterprise, we help solve transport poverty through greater access to mobility by connecting people travelling in the same direction. We enable people to share their car journeys and save money while cutting emissions and making friends.

Mantle Business Centres

Mantle provides business space for companies to establish themselves and to grow, currently operating in five locations across the East of the UK (Stansted, Cambridge, Duxford, Chelmsford, Stevenage). We have been operating for 11 years, growing from seven employees to more than 40. Our options include fully serviced office space, virtual office services, co-working spaces and meeting rooms.

Morgan Sindall

Construction East is one of six regions in the Construction division of Morgan Sindall, a leading UK construction and regeneration group. We deliver projects throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and parts of Essex with our talented team of over 160 employees.


Quotatis improves peoples lives by taking the hassle out of home improvements, and helps quality tradespeople connect with new customers. The organisation provides a quotation service for homeowners, which helps them to collect and compare quotes from local tradespeople for their home improvement jobs. They also provide a marketing service for home improvement businesses to help them get more work when and where they need it.


Ambulance Transfers

Ambulance Transfers is an independent ambulance service that has been operating from its Thurrock base since 2015. We offer a tailored bespoke non-emergency ambulance transport service which includes medical cars, wheelchair access vehicles and full stretchered ambulances including a specialist bariatric service. We are a growing organisation within the South Essex corridor, having expanded from just two ambulances and eight staff in 2015 to a successful current fleet of 53 ambulances and approaching 110 staff and through reputation, still growing.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

Arthur Rank Hospice supports people in Cambridgeshire who are living with a life-limiting illness and those who need end-of-life care. We care for people at the hospice in Cambridge, the day treatment centre in Wisbech and in patients' own homes through the Arthur Rank Community team. The support provided by our inpatient unit, day therapy services and 'Hospice at Home' is practical, holistic and tailored to the individual.

Cambridge Commodities

Cambridge Commodities specialises in supplying nutritional ingredients and product solutions to the sports nutrition, health and wellbeing, pet nutrition and food and beverages industries. With more than 20 years' experience in quality and sourcing, we provide 2,500 different ingredients to help our customers create market-leading products through our commitment to quality, service and innovation. Our mission is to passionately provide quality nutritional ingredients and healthier innovation to improve wellbeing worldwide.

Cambridge Enterprise

Sitting at the heart of Europe's most successful technology cluster, Cambridge Enterprise is the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge, supporting academic staff and students in licensing their inventions, creating and funding new companies and providing consultancy services to industry, government and others.

Cambridge Office Environments

Cambridge Office Environments has been creating imaginative, innovative workplaces over a wide range of sectors for more than 30 years. We provide design and fit-out services for offices, educational establishments, industrial buildings, laboratories and retail organisations. Our motto - Making Space Work - encapsulates our ability to transform a space into an impressive, inspirational working environment for our clients.


At Chadwick's we understand the importance of building strong and successful personal relationships with our clients. Everything we do is of exceptional quality, which means being authentic, being different and being sensibly priced. We are wealth managers and business advisers. We support ambitious entrepreneurs through each stage of their business growth, from helping put together a business plan, through creating and maintaining a winning culture to developing an exit strategy.

Colorminium London

Colorminium is a business that engineers and delivers facade solutions for our clients. Founded in North London in 1976, the whole ethos of the company revolves around assisting our clients in making their visions a reality. Family-owned and run, our approach to facades is unique and progressive and at the heart of everything we do is a passion to excel at it. Since our beginnings we have endeavoured to find a better way to do things for our clients by constantly challenging the status quo and bringing progressive and advanced solutions to the market.

Holden & Holden

Holden offers new, nearly new and approved used cars and vans for sale to private and business clients. Holden also offers servicing, repairs and maintenance for Norfolk motorists at affordable prices for all makes of vehicle. A local family business, Holden has a long-established trusted reputation for being knowledgeable and offering an honest and enjoyable customer experience.

IPRS Group

IPRS Group is made up of four businesses each delivering B2B health and wellbeing solutions to corporate clients across the UK. Established in Ipswich in 1995, the group now employs more than 170 staff with half of the workforce operating from the head office in Little Blakenham, Suffolk. IPRS has gained a number of awards and accreditations including recognition as being a notable, fast-growing and dynamic SME by the London Stock Exchange.

Juddmonte Farms

Juddmonte is a leading international bloodstock and racing group with farms in the UK, Ireland and the USA. While not the biggest operation in the industry, Juddmonte has a long track record of breeding successful racehorses including Frankel, the highest-rated horse in modern times. To date, Juddmonte has bred 106 individual Group/Grade 1 winners of 205 Group/Grade 1 races, including 25 Classic winners. Juddmonte Farms races in Khalid Abdullah's iconic colours of green, pink sash and cap, and white sleeves.

Macquarie Energy Leasing

With over nine million gas and electricity meters deployed, Macquarie Energy Leasing (MEL) is a market leader in the meter asset provision sector in the UK. We are the largest independent owner and manager of gas and electricity meters in the UK, including the largest portfolio of smart meters. In the next five years, UK energy suppliers will be required to replace over 50 million traditional meters with smart meters and Macquarie Energy Leasing is at the heart of this transformation.

Made agency

Made is an international creative marketing agency. We are stylish thinkers, smart digital architects. We offer design and development for print, web, branding and illustration.


PolicyBee is a specialist professional indemnity, business insurance and charity insurance broker from Suffolk. We're independent and we're digital. We started seven years ago with the sole purpose of making professional indemnity insurance painless. From day one, we wanted to redefine what an insurance broker should be. We ditched the dusty brown files and employed bright, knowledgeable people who thought differently. We understand the problems a young, modern business has because we are one.

Purple Tuesday

Purple Tuesday was founded in 2011 with the mission to become the most respected provider of quality software solutions in the East of England. We work with an enviable range of customers including Adnams, East of England Co-op, Seajacks and Premier Inn. Through the development of our team of software professionals we are able to provide the most innovative solutions to some of the most challenging and complex business process problems.


ReAssure is a top 10 UK life and pensions company, and part of the Swiss Re Group. Our team in Norfolk looks after one million life and pensions customers on behalf of Aviva, employing 370 staff in Norwich, supported by 150 staff offshore in Pune, India and central operations in Telford. In practice, looking after Aviva customers means taking over 45,000 customer telephone calls a month and receiving a similar number of letters in the post. We see a great workforce is our most valuable asset; without them nothing great could be achieved.


In an industry such as IT, where many players profess to do the same thing, it is the way in which we do these things that differentiates Riverlite. Riverlite provides IT excellence through understanding, developing long-term relationships and the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Riverlite has been delivering IT services and solutions for more than 10 years, and customers see us as part of the team - ready to help no matter what the scenario.


Ryan's is a chartered independent insurance broker that continues to thrive in both personal and commercial insurances. We pride ourselves on the quality of advice and the high levels of service that we offer our customers. We are innovative and constantly exploring new opportunities to develop our areas of specialism.

Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is the UK arm of WH Group, a global protein business. Formed in 2003, Smithfield UK became part of the European structure in 2012 and works with its farming and manufacturing companies in Poland and Romania to bring a variety of pork and poultry products to the UK retail, foodservice and wholesale markets. Based in Norfolk Tower in Surrey Street, Smithfield employs 40 people across sales, marketing, supply chain, food technology and finance roles.


Solarflare is pioneering server connectivity for neural-class networks. From silicon to firmware to software, Solarflare delivers a comprehensive, integrated set of technologies for distributed, ultra-scale, software-defined data centres. Founded in 2001, Solarflare was one of the pioneers of 10GbE standards and technology. Today, with over 200 employees in the USA, India, Hong Kong and Cambridge in the UK the company is pioneering a new generation of networking technology.

Stratagem IPM

Stratagem Intellectual Property Management is a full-service, UK-based, outsourced intellectual property law firm with offices in Cambridge and Bristol. Stratagem fills a developing need within industry for the provision of strategic advice and intellectual property management for life science, medtech, cleantech and high technology companies. Stratagem's qualified patent and trade mark attorneys and solicitors use a commercial perspective and hands-on management approach to enhance the value of IP assets.

Taylor Wimpey East Anglia

Taylor Wimpey is one of the largest homebuilders in the UK, operating from 24 regional offices. Taylor Wimpey East Anglia covers Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, where we build a wide range of properties, with a broad price range including both private and affordable homes. We run our business as a local homebuilder and we have knowledge and experience of the local market.

Thule Outdoor UK

Thule Group is a world leader in products that make it easy to bring along the things you care for easily, securely and in style when living an active life. Under the motto 'Active life, simplified' we offer a range of products including roof racks, roof boxes, carriers for cycling, water and winter sports, bike trailers, strollers and child bike seats, as well as hiking packs and travel luggage.

Tiger Eye Consulting

At Tiger Eye our aim is to put the customer first in what we do. We are specialists in advising professional services firms how to manage the flow of documents, emails and other digital information into their organisations. We offer many years of expertise and understanding of hardware and software, and best practice approach to maximising investment in technology, from high level consultancy, project management and IT strategy, to training and day-to-day technical support.

Victory Housing Trust

Victory Housing Trust is a registered charity and registered provider of affordable homes for those in housing need. Victory owns and manages 5,000 properties primarily in the north of Norfolk which provide homes to over 10,000 residents. While the majority of our properties are located within the local authority area of North Norfolk, we also have properties in the local authority areas of Broadland, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Great Yarmouth, South Norfolk and Breckland.

Ones to watch
Brown & Co

Brown & Co, a multi-disciplined partnership, is a leading provider of agency, professional and consultancy services across a whole range of rural, commercial and residential property and the environment. From a growing network of offices throughout East Anglia, the Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber region, as well as internationally, we combine a high level of specialist technical expertise with experience and local knowledge. The firm has a real commitment to build strong, proactive and long-term relationships with both corporate and private clients, for whom we always strive to deliver the best results and total satisfaction.

CLS Money

CLS Money is a whole-of-market UK mortgage and protection broker. Based in Rayleigh in Essex, CLS prides itself on providing a five star service, tailored to its clients' individual requirements, whether it be in person, over the phone or via email. The company is passionate about getting customers the right mortgage at the best price, no matter if they are first-time buyers, moving home, remortgaging, buying to let or have a history of bad credit, and aims to simplify the mortgage process by providing a comprehensive service including advice, legal services and protection.

Curtis Banks

Curtis Banks is a specialised pension provider, with over 75,000 pensions and £24bn assets under administration. The business also provides pension administration services for a number of top brand UK financial services and advice firms, and specialises in commercial property investment, managing over 6,500 commercial properties for its pension investors. The group employs around 570 staff, 300 of whom are employed in the Ipswich office.

Harrod UK

Harrod UK has been established for over 60 years and is the UK's leading manufacturer of sports goals and netting with a prestigious worldwide client base. Based in Lowestoft, the company also has a horticultural division which has achieved significant growth over the past 10 years and is now a leader in its own market.

Holkham Estate

The Holkham Estate on the north Norfolk coast is a diversified business centred around the magnificent Holkham Hall and its parkland. The estate manages the award-winning Holkham beach, Wells beach and the Holkham national nature reserve. Alongside this is the management of more than 300 properties, Holkham Farming Company, the Victoria Inn, three cafes and the Pinewoods Holiday Park. Our vision is to see Holkham recognised as the UK's leading rural estate against which others will measure their own success.


Jarrold is an independent family-run department store in the heart of Norwich city centre and will celebrate its 250-year anniversary in 2020. Jarrold employs around 370 members of staff across its department store on London street and in branches in the surrounding local area.

Pioneer Pump

Pioneer Pump is a manufacturer of quality high-performance and efficient pumps, and sells, hires, services, repairs and installs pumps and anciliary pumping equipment throughout Europe and the Middle East. The company prides itself in providing customers with the best pumping solutions, always with the protection of the environment in mind.


Superstructures is a practice offering structural engineering and design services in the East Anglia area. We pride ourselves in providing structural engineering with freshness and flair. Our strong design background means that we are just as excited about the aesthetics of buildings as we are about their structures. We are passionate about providing a detailed, comprehensive package of information for every project which streamlines the construction process, adds economy and reduces risk.

Ensors Chartered Accountants

Established in 1889, Ensors is one of East Anglia's oldest and most respected firms of chartered accountants. As an award-winning, regional firm we cover all of the areas you would expect us to, and more. Services range from our compliance offering in accounts preparation, audit and tax, to advisory services that help our clients deal with the unexpected as well as plan for growth, succession and international expansion.

Gotelee Solicitors

Gotelee is a leading firm of solicitors in Suffolk. We offer a full range of personal and business legal services from offices in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Felixstowe and Woodbridge. Formerly Gotelee & Goldsmith, the firm was established in 1880 and has a reputation for its professional work and its personal approach with clients. This approach is based on a longstanding commitment to the highest levels of courtesy and service, now set out in the Gotelee client promise.