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

Sewell Construction, which has its headquarters in Hull as well as offices in 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 construction business, which currently employs 72 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 Sewell 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 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.

Glen Poskitt, head of technology at Sewell Group, joined the team attending the awards evening after being awarded the chairman’s special prize at the company’s internal recognition ceremony, The Sewell Star Awards. He first started working for the company in 1982 as an apprentice bricklayer. He said:

“I was so very proud to pick up the award at this year’s Star Awards ceremony. It was an honour to realise all the fantastic things being said on stage were about me and I was really very moved to hear my name called.

“Representing Sewell Group at the Sunday Times Top 100 awards has been a privilege and once again I find myself feeling a sense of pride about what the whole team has helped us secure. Another year on the Sunday Times Top 100 list at number 32.

“It’s representative of the positive experience I’ve had working at Sewell Group and it’s the reason I’ve stayed there for so many years.”

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 a 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.

Rob Cawkwell, managing director for Sewell Construction, said:

“We’re so very pleased about the Sunday Times Top 100 result. It’s reflective of our ambitions for a culture we’ve worked hard to nurture and one that we’ve been determined to maintain as the business has grown.

“Sewell Group is a great place to work, it’s why we had a group of people totalling 320 years of service sat around the tables at the award ceremony, but having that feeling recognised by Best Companies and The Sunday Times Top 100 makes the whole team at Sewell very proud. Not only this but it’s been a fantastic process to go through. Collecting company-wide feedback so we can identify the areas we can do more is invaluable. And so too is the opportunity to thank our team for what they contribute to the business, in this case a glowing endorsement and a fantastic team of people to work alongside.”