Hospice and Go Ape in top 100 places to work wor

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A CHARITY and an treetop adventure business have been listed among the top 100 best places to work in the UK, in The Sunday Times.

St Nicholas Hospice Care based in Bury St Edmunds is ranked at number 60 in The Sunday Times list for the public and charity sectors, while Go Ape in Hargrave swung in at number 76 for the best companies list.

The list was compiled based on the feedback of a survey of staff carried out late last year. The full list will be published in the Sunday Times at the weekend.

“We are delighted to receive this accolade,” said Jane Doughty, personnel director at the hospice.

“It is lovely for the staff here to have this news, but it is also a fantastic achievement for the hospice.

“This feedback from the Best Companies staff survey is a major vote of confidence from our staff and it confirmed what we already knew – that our staff feel St Nicholas Hospice Care is a great place to work.

“We are continually striving to make this a truly rewarding environment in which to work for all our staff.”

The hospice looks after people with terminal and life shortening illnesses including cancer, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and the advanced stages of heart and lung disease.

It also has to raise £10,000 a day to survive.

The hospice has also been awarded one star accreditation by Best Companies.

The Michelin-style star rating system is given for organisations that demonstrate high levels of employee engagement, is based on staff feedback and means the hospice is ranked as a ‘first class’ organisation.

Meanwhile Tristram Mayhew, chief at Go Ape which has 27 adverture courses across the UK said: “We set out to create worthwhile, well rewarded careers for our tribe, and have fun along the way.

“If we want to attract the best we know we need to become the best. To be the only leisure enterprise in the top 100 is pretty cool.”

The firm started out with a Go Ape course in Thetford. It is currently expanding in the UK, and into Australia and America, where it already has one adventure course.