Carterwood have won the South Gloucestershire medium business category in workplace and interior design consultancy Wylde IA’s Happiest Workplace competition, which is now in its fourth year. The winners received their awards at an awards ceremony hosted at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, attended by staff from shortlisted finalists.
L-R Maxine Bennett, director, Wylde IA, Amelia Greenstreet, marketing co-ordinator, Carterwood, Grace Wheelwright, graduate research analyst, Carterwood, Sam Partridge, studio manager, Wylde IA.
Wylde IA director Maxine Bennett says: “Yet again the standard of entries has far exceeded our expectations. South Gloucestershire is full of exciting, vibrant companies prioritising staff happiness and wellbeing which is wonderful to see. This year, in particular, we’ve seen a genuine emphasis on mental health awareness and support running alongside the more typical rewards, benefits and work-life balance focus.”
Aztec West based Carterwood impressed the judges with their relaxed, open and informal management style, where all employees feel genuinely valued. Staff enjoy many social activities throughout the year, their birthday off and a weekly selection of organic fruit. The company has also implemented a flexible ‘leisure time policy’, which allows staff to use time off for personal commitments and helps create a healthy work life balance.
Maxine Bennett commented on Carterwood’s achievement: “Huge congratulations to Carterwood for winning a Happiest Workplace Award. We were wowed by the creative, supporting environment they have created – a genuinely inspirational workplace. The Happiest Workplace competition is the highlight of our year. This year we’ve attracted a record number of entries from businesses and have been overwhelmed by the standard.”
Amanda Nurse, managing director, Carterwood, says: “The absolute essence of what we do at Carterwood stems from a very dedicated, hardworking and fun team, all of whom reflect our core values, which include working hard and having fun. The directors and senior management team are thrilled that the team feel they have such a happy environment to work in.”