Banbury-based independent SME funder, Bibby Financial Services (BFS), has been awarded a place in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies for the fourth time, climbing 48 places to take 50th position.
The business is the country’s largest independent invoice finance provider, employing 700 people in 18 offices and funding over 7,000 SMEs in the UK.
Commenting on the award, Chief Executive for BFS in the UK, David Postings, said: “Reaching the top 50 is a milestone achievement for us and I’m absolutely thrilled that we have been able to improve on our 2014 ranking.
“Being a great place to work is the cornerstone of our success and this award demonstrates that our hard work and commitment is paying off.”
The Sunday Times lists – compiled by Best Companies - are based on the views of employees and businesses are ranked on areas such as leadership, charitable giving, employee well-being and personal development.
Formed in 1982, BFS is part of the Liverpool-based Bibby Line Group, a 200 year old business services company. The funder has two offices in Banbury, including its global headquarters at Endeavour House in Banbury Office Village.
UK HR Director for BFS, Sarah Cook said: “We have invested heavily in our workplace benefits package over the past year to enhance the support we offer to staff. Health assessments, baby bonuses, flexible working hours and holiday-buy are just a few examples of the excellent benefits we offer to our people.
“Having a happy and loyal workforce is extremely important to us and this award means even more knowing that it has been voted for by staff”, Sarah added.
The award ceremony was held at Battersea Evolution in London on 26 February. Reaching the top 50 means the company is now classified as an ‘outstanding’ employer, achieving two-star accreditation.
David concluded: “One of our core values is working as a family. This award is dedicated to our people across the country and shows that working as one team leads to great success.”