Sytner Group receives the Top Accolade of Three Star and Leadership Award

19th March 2013

Sytner Group has achieved 5th position in the -25 Best Big Companies to Work For 2013 guide in the Sunday Times' annual assessment of employee engagement.

The UK's leading prestige motor retail group is the only company in the UK to have maintained a top six position for six years in succession in a league dominated by high street retailers and blue chip corporations. The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For guide was created thirteen years ago in recognition of the challenges faced by organisations striving to differentiate their businesses through employee engagement. Despite achieving its highest score to date Sytner Group was up against fierce competition from other retailers with Pets at Home scooping number one place, followed by last year's winner Iceland. IHG Hotels and Bourne Leisure were respectively 3rd and 4th.  For the first time in the seven years of entering the competition Sytner secured the coveted Three Star Award. The survey result based purely on responses to a questionnaire was completed by 72% of all employees. Results showed that Sytner is run on strong values (79%), embodied by the senior managers (75%). The excellent results emphasised the fact that employees are proud to work for the Group (83%) and get a buzz out of coming to work! There is an appreciation of being able to give feedback and employees believe their managers do more listening than telling (68%). The feedback remarked that there is a strong family feel in the business. Nurturing of talent is a priority alongside a commitment to promote from within. During the last twelve months there has been a massive push towards developing and rolling out cutting edge training initiatives to help develop a more customer focused culture within the business. On behalf of the Company Gerard Nieuwenhuys received a special award for Leadership. Gerard the Group's Managing Director is credited with steering Sytner for eight years through the challenges facing the car industry. The Company's leaders have embraced these challenges and produced excellent industry leading results.

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