Three Bradford employers in Sunday Times Best Places To Work

THREE Bradford employers have been named in The Sunday Times Best Places To Work 2024.  Arts organisation Bradford 2025, manufacturer Mansfield Pollard, and legal firm Schofield Sweeney all make the nationwide list this year.  Over 70,000 companies and brands were surveyed to form the newspaper’s list.  The list looked at businesses’ ability to engage and support people of all ages.  It considered the following criteria: reward and recognition, instilling pride, information sharing, empowerment, wellbeing and job satisfaction.

Bradford 2024                                                                                                                                       Bradford 2025 was set up two years ago following the UK City of Culture winning bid. The list says the organisation has “quickly created a company culture for 56 employees”.  It added: “Set up in 2022 when Bradford won a bid to become UK City of Culture, the mid-sized arts organisation has quickly created a company culture for 56 employees.  There is an induction programme for new staff members, fortnightly all-company sessions and events to celebrate Pride, black history and mental awareness.  Perks include an employee assistance helpline, high street discounts and flexible work patterns.”

Mansfield Pollard                                                                                                                                      Dudley Hill-based Mansfield Pollard was praised for giving all its employees a £2,500 pay rise to help with the cost of living.  The list said: “A ventilation specialist that has breathed fresh air into the business with an overhaul of the culture and new facilities after a management buyout in 2020, the same year it moved to a 64,000-square feet state-of-the-art headquarters in Bradford.  New initiatives introduced by chief executive Louise Frankland include an employee forum.  Last year, all 146 employees received a £2,500 pay rise to help with the cost of living.  Other rewards include a day off for birthdays and paid charity days.”

Schofield Sweeney                                                                                                                               Schofield Sweeney is located in the city centre and has 167 employees.  It has been highlighted as “one of the best work/life balances in the profession”.  The list said: “It is not all about work at the law firm that battled for sub-postmasters in the Post Office scandal.  Schofield Sweeney, based in Bradford, aims to offer its 167 employees one of the best work/life balances in the profession.  There are tea and toast Thursdays, Iftar meals, massages, posture clinics and one volunteering day annually.  The firm has a book club and bake-off competition, a healthcare insurance plan and has promoted its first non-lawyers to associate and director level.”  It comes after the firm was named Employer of the Year Award at the Bradford Means Business Awards last summer.


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