Lindum is delighted to announce that it is still officially one of Britain’s best places to work
For the 14th year in a row, Lindum Group has been named among The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For.
It follows a survey of employees, which measured factors such as personal growth, wellbeing, leadership and team spirit.
Last night, during an award ceremony at Battersea Evolution in London, it was revealed that Lindum had been placed 22nd in this year’s Top 100 list (up from 38th last year).
Lindum Group Director Freddie Chambers, who attended the event, said he was proud the company had been included once again, but said the team never takes it for granted that it will make the cut.
He said: “At Lindum, we always say that ‘the difference is our people’ and we try to make sure that philosophy is embedded into everything we do.
“Our construction business is founded on excellent client relationships and we believe the best way to ensure those relationships thrive is to ensure we look after our employees. If we take care of our people and share success with them, then our people will look after the business.
“The survey was conducted in November and given that some of our employees are working outdoors on building sites, we find the results even more encouraging.
“This award is great for the company but it’s also a reward for the teams, as they are the ones who make Lindum what it is.”
The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list is compiled based on research from the largest survey of its kind. Half of Lindum’s 652 employees were asked to complete a questionnaire, which is then marked by a team of independent judges from the Sunday Times.
Lindum is a large construction business with offices in North Hykeham, near Lincoln, York and Peterborough.
The company was founded by John F Chambers in 1956 and his son, David Chambers is the current chairman. In 1994 Lindum Group launched a share scheme and currently 410 employees own a stake in the business.
In addition to their salary and share dividend, each employee receives an equal share of the company’s profits at the end of every year.
Seventeen employees from across the Group were joined by three clients at the high profile awards evening.
Among those who attended was Gary Price (32), a Managing Surveyor in Lindum’s Construction Division. He joined the Group after completing his A Levels at Lincoln’s Ancaster High School and has been with us for 13 years.
He said: “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I left school and I came here on a trainee scheme. I got to spend a week in each area of the business and very quickly realised it was a great place to work.
“I’ve got some great colleagues and there’s a good atmosphere amongst the team. Most importantly though, I’ve been given the chance to progress my career through varied and interesting jobs.
“Most recently, I’ve been working on the new Hotel Du Vin in Stratford and the Ingleby Crescent housing development in Lincoln.”
Gary, lives near Lindum’s offices in North Hykeham, said he’d really enjoyed the awards ceremony.
“We had a great night. It was fantastic to celebrate Lindum’s well-deserved inclusion in the Top 100 list.”
Joining Gary in London was Andy Barradell, who has recently been made a Director at Lindum.
He said: “I started at Lindum in 2000 as a materials scheduler and although I wasn’t that familiar with the company at the time, within six months I knew that it was going to be a great place to work.
“There is a real ethos of team work here. Everyone is really happy to help each other out and there is a ‘no blame’ culture. We all just want to get the job done.
“It was a real honour to be invited along to the event last night – we had a fantastic time.”
Lindum’s York division MD Jonathan Sizer, who has been with the company for 18 years, also attended the awards ceremony.
He said: “I joined in 2000 as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor and Lindum invested in me from day one, firstly through a HNC in Building and then through my degree achieving a Bsc Hons in Quantity Surveying
“Lindum has always created opportunities for employees and I was later promoted to Managing Surveyor, before a move to Lindum Waste at Saxilby to take up the role as General Manager. This was a fantastic experience and an opportunity to develop leadership skills.
“Lindum has always believed in developing people and helping people to achieve their potential. Now. At Lindum York as MD we continue that ethos with 15 per cent of the workforce being trainees from all levels - industry, school leavers and college/university leaders.
“Our people first approach is what makes working for Lindum so enjoyable and rewarding.”
Martin Hall, an assistant quantity surveyor based in the Peterborough office said he felt the Top 100 title was well deserved.
“I joined Lindum from another local building company as I wanted to progress my career and get into surveying. Since I’ve been here, the company has put me through university and I’ve gained a degree in Construction Management,” he said.
“While everyone here works hard, I really appreciate how much Lindum genuinely cares about its employees’ work / life balance. I’m married and have an 8 month old daughter so this is particularly important to me.
“I’ve been here three years now and I’m really happy here.”