A northern-based, strategic estates team has been named in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For list at number 32 under the Sewell Group brand.

Shared Agenda, which has its headquarters in Willerby as well as offices in Hull, Huddersfield and York is part of the team being awarded its eighth Best Companies accreditation and fifth appearance on the Sunday Times Top 100 list.

The estates consultancy, which currently employs 15 staff, has also contributed to the group maintaining its previous accolade of Best Companies 3 Star ‘extraordinary’ accreditation, which recognises the highest standard of workplace engagement, an area the group have seen an improvement on since their last listing.

Best Companies is the number one specialist for workplace and employee engagement in the UK and its survey, which was completed by staff, powers the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list.

Sewell Group has now entered the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For five times in the past 10 years, including 2020, and has been successful in making the top 100 every time.

Twenty of the group team from various parts of the business all over the North of England, and with 320 years of service between them, travelled down to the glamorous award ceremony to hear where the business had placed on the UK-wide league table.

Issy Whitelock, assistant development manager, joined the business in June 2017. Issy assists on development projects by working on project management and coordination and sits on the company’s internal engagement team, The Culture Network. She said:

“I feel really proud to work for a company that puts such a high importance on their staff being engaged, recognised and generally happy about coming work.

“The Sunday Times Top 100 result reinforces our values and beliefs that our colleagues are one big work family and it’s so nice to see everyone’s passion come through when we receive a result like this.”

Staff across the business were asked for their opinions in the independent Best Companies questionnaire focused around their manager and team, personal growth, wellbeing, giving something back, leadership, the company as a whole and fair deal for employees, with the results showing they feel happy, engaged and recognised for their efforts.

The feedback helps to shape a Best Companies Index score, which determines a company’s accreditation level and position in the Sunday Times Top 100.

Jo Barnes, managing director of Shared Agenda, said:

“We collect a lot of feedback from our customers and the common theme is that our team are great to work with. That’s what helps us build up long term relationships with our customers.

“We’re a big believer in the fact that people do business with people, so collecting the feedback from our team to make sure that they’re happy with our leadership, our approach to supporting their wellbeing and personal growth – to name just a few – is key to us retaining and nurturing our talent.

“The Sunday Times Top 100 result backs up what we already know, we have a great team and that’s a big part of what makes this a great place to work.”