MEMBER NEWS: It’s official! Appetite for Business named one of Britain’s best places to work

May 19, 2023
MEMBER NEWS: It’s official! Appetite for Business named one of Britain’s best places to work

The team at Appetite for Business is celebrating after being named in the prestigious Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2023 list alongside household names such as David Lloyd Leisure, FatFace and Pizza Express.

The annual Top 100 identifies UK organisations with the highest employee engagement and wellbeing levels, which in turn helps retain and recruit employees. The award is based upon the organiser’s trust index employee survey and culture audit.

In addition to being featured in the rankings, Appetite was also highly commended in the Best Places to Work for Women category. The winner was OVO Energy.

Located in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, Appetite is a people-focused technology consultancy that specialises in Microsoft 365 and associated applications to support organisations achieve significant cost savings and process improvements through better understanding of how employees engage and interact with technology.

This latest success follows Appetite – which was established in 2016 – being recognised with a hat-trick of prestigious awards in 2022, including Best Digital Workspace at ScotlandIS’s Digital Tech Awards, Business Success Over 5 Years at the Elevator Awards, and High Growth Business of the Year at the FSB Scotland Celebrating Small Business Awards.

Appetite for Business scored an impressive 20% scores above industry standard across areas such as employee engagement, confidence in management, diversity and inclusion and wellbeing.

“We are very proud and honoured to be ranked as one of the UK’s 100 best places to work, a recognition of Appetite for Business’ commitment to enabling our people to thrive professionally and personally,” said CEO Sheryl Newman.

She added: “The last few years have brought extreme highs and lows with periods of uncertainty, but we have remained hyper focused on creating the best employee experience we could and taking the wellbeing and happiness of our team seriously.

“Delivering meaningful impact for our customers and communities begins with our people reaching their full potential. Our award-winning culture has always been at the heart of everything we do and built by every person who has worked with us.

“We enable this by offering fulfilling development opportunities in an inclusive, collaborative environment that emphasises the importance of mental health, wellbeing, and diversity and inclusion.

Our team includes female members of staff who would previously have been forced to leave the industry or never had an opportunity to work in the tech sector.

“It’s taken us seven years to get to where we are now, and we are still learning as we go to keep being better, but I am so delighted that as a business we have been recognised in this way for all the team’s hard work.

“As the world continues to rapidly evolve, Appetite for Business recognises the benefit of aligning with the values of our current and future professionals so they can lead with purpose, develop and succeed in an equitable and inclusive work environment.”

Chris Longcroft, EVP publisher, The Times and The Sunday Times, said: “The Sunday Times Best Places to Work awards recognise companies that create a happier and fulfilling working environment for all, by fostering engagement from their teams, yielding great business and performance in return. Wishing all of those companies who made the grade this year many congratulations.”


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