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Barker Winner – Best Places to Work – The Sunday Times

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Robert Gould

Partner at Barker | Award-Winning Integrated Property Consultants

We are delighted to announce that we are a winner in The Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2024.

At Barker, our people are the heart of our business. We have an inclusive culture providing careers to suit our employees’ talents. As an Employee-Owned Business our whole team works together to ensure we grow, innovate, and deliver a quality service to our clients. The past few years has seen substantial growth at Barker in all offices and is set to continue.

To support these growth plans we have enhanced the onboarding and induction process, with all new starters assigned a ‘buddy’ with regular reviews and ongoing training. Line managers benefit from regular training to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to support and develop their teams.

“The Barker Way” is the embodiment of our culture and values. To this end we embrace innovative use of technology both to improve the service we provide but also to aid productivity and smooth workflows for our team. In addition to recognising accountabilities and performance with our total rewards package, we focus on team building and internal communication through company-wide Town Halls, social and training events.

To enhance a collaborative working environment, mid monthly munchies and end of month drinks occur in each office as well as team and companywide socials. We offer long term careers, sponsoring and mentoring all levels from apprenticeships to professional charterships. Our employees can regularly discuss their workload, personal development, and wellbeing in monthly 1-2-1s with their line managers.

We champion mental health and wellbeing, with support from our Wellbeing First Aiders, periodic workshops, and monthly wellbeing spotlights. We offer competitive salaries, hybrid working and great company benefits including private healthcare, annual bonus, sabbaticals along with enhanced absence and maternity/paternity policies.

Our employees share suggestions and provide feedback in our Employee Forum which influences our business decisions and assist change management programmes. We believe that in listening and investing in our people, we ultimately are creating a happier, productive, more engaged workforce, which makes Barker Associates one of the best places to work!

“We are delighted to be recognised as one of the Best Places to Work 2024 by The Sunday Times. Whilst growing as a business and supporting more and more organisations with their estates and energy management we have worked hard to retain our culture and values. It is critical that Barker provides an inspiring, rewarding and inclusive environment to enjoy a fulfilling career and this award by The Sunday Times is recognition of the efforts of the whole team.” 

Barker Managing Partner, Stuart White

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