Softwire officially the best UK small software company to work for!
8 September 2011, by Zoe Cunningham
Softwire entered the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For awards for the first time in 2011. (We had previously been ineligible because we were too small – you need at least 50 employees to enter.)
The application process was managed by our very competent Head of New Business Andy Smart, who made sure we had all the forms filled in correctly.
We had to provide details of our policies and basic details about our company, but the main selection is through questionnaires filled out by our employees. This effectively means that we have been awarded the result by the people whose opinion we care about most!
After a few months biting our nails, we heard by email that we had won a maximum three stars, and we were given an abstract number that represented our total score.
We were then invited to attend a management event, where we learnt more about the feedback given by employees of all three star winners. At this event our wall plaque was presented to Operations Manager Zoe Cunningham (that’s me!)
However the position that we had been awarded was kept secret and revealed at a swanky dinner that 4 of our employees attended earlier this year.
As with all such events, the results were counted down from 100. Being the mathematicians and software geeks that we are, we had tried to estimate our position in advance. Best Companies had told us our score, that we had been awarded 3 stars and the “pass mark” to be awarded 3 stars and using this we worked out roughly where we expected to be placed. We were a little way off in our estimate (!) so on the night we were overjoyed as 30 went past, then 20, and we found out we were rated as the 16th best small company to work for in the UK, beating several other well known small software companies (in fact, we beat all other small software companies!)
We celebrated with a private cinema trip to see Machete, followed by a function with champagne cocktails and personalised “I heart Softwire” cupcakes.
Now we are aiming even higher for 2012!