This winner seriously impressed the judges.
Established in 1976 by five founders – Michael Burch, Rick Carr, Geoffrey Cundall, David Gandy and Bernard Johnston – Cundall has grown to become an organisation with 600 staff across 20 offices.
During 2015 alone, the company increased turnover by 26 per cent and ramped up its workforce by 17 per cent. And at the heart of this growth has been a genuine desire to help its staff grow and develop, the judges said.
The engineering consultancy has been endorsed by global initiative One Planet Living, which is based on 10 sustainability principles from zero waste to health and happiness.
To achieve this, Cundall has invested in staff training and moved to a new sustainable London office at One Carter Lane. This building was one of the first in Europe to be registered with the WELL Building Standard, which is focused exclusively on health and wellbeing.
Cundall has also created a structured graduate scheme and introduced a programme entitled ‘Maximising your potential’, aiming to identify future leaders and put them on a structured career path.
“The golden thread throughout Cundall seemed to be respect for people, which included its staff, customers and partners”
The judges said: “Cundall takes an exciting, comprehensive and successful approach based on cherishing, developing and encouraging their staff. It’s just great to see.”
Each new Cundall office around the world is opened by an existing employee, helping the group to maintain a strong and collaborative relationship with its workforce overseas.
Every project is also run by a Cundall partner or director to ensure the right guidance and experience is provided throughout a scheme.
The company encourages and rewards innovation, with employees able to apply for the group’s research and development fund.
Its internal excellence award is open to both its engineer and support staff members, with winning entries ranging from innovative delivery methods to ways staff have improved the business.
Cundall also scored highly on supply chain excellence, with the judges particularly impressed with the consultant’s commitment to improve and support its partners.
This included staff members sitting on boards for various professional bodies as well as speaking at industry conferences and hosting their own knowledge-sharing events.
“The golden thread throughout the business seemed to be respect for people, which included their staff, customers and partners,” the judges said.
Highly commended: Rise Management Consulting
The judges described this company as true “agents of industry change”.
Instead of using tried and tested delivery routes and methods, Rise showed that it challenges convention on a number of fronts, from delivering innovative solutions for its clients to thinking of new and exciting ways to engage its workforce.
The judging panel said the firm had the ability to influence and steer ethics, with a genuine focus on values. “Here is a company that really cares about growing correctly,” they added.
It was clear to the judges that the senior members of the team were committed to delivering excellence.
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