Advantage Travel Partnership has been named as a ‘one to watch’ organisation in the Best Companies survey which powers The Sunday Times top 100 company list.

The independent agency consortium is the first member-owned organisation to be accredited.

The ‘one to watch’ accreditation is a special status awarded to organisations that have good levels of workplace engagement among employees.

The survey, completed by Advantage’s employees, includes various scoring questions on topics ranging from leadership and wellbeing to management style and team.

Based on the answers provided by staff, Advantage generated a Best Companies Index (BCI) score of 626.1.

In order to be awarded with this accreditation, a company must score 600 or more on the BCI.

Only 75 in 321 companies achieved this level of accreditation in the small company category this year.

Advantage runs various staff initiatives, including ‘Breakfast with the Boss’, a regular event hosted by Advantage’s managing director Julia Lo Bue-Said as an open and confidential forum for staff to discuss any issues.

The consortium’s an employee of the year award enables line managers at every level to nominate a team member. Three members of staff are then shortlisted and invited to a celebratory lunch.

Scores from the survey demonstrate the strength of these staff initiatives and how these are highly regarded by staff, according to Advantage.

Leadership was deemed to be the most important category amongst Advantage staff.

As part of the management section in the survey, 91% of staff agreed that they felt their manager talks openly and honestly with them.

Lo Bue-Said said: “I am proud  that Advantage has been named as a ‘one to watch’ company in the Best Companies survey.

“We know that when staff are engaged, they take pride in what they do and are inspired to work hard, which ultimately results in a more successful organisation. Our aim is to continue to improve on this score annually.”

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