Local firm puts people first and picks up top award

Amelie Hawkins

One of the most iconic business in Tunbridge Wells has been recognised for staunch commitment to the wellbeing of its employees by The Sunday Times.

Childrensalon has been ranked 45th in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list 2018.

The company, which is headquartered on King-standing Way in the industrial estate and has a small shop on the High Street, has grown over the past decade to become the largest online retailer of children’s designer clothing.

Operating with the ethos ‘people before profit’ the firm, which employs around 300 staff, has invested heavily in workforce and now sees over a third of mid-level and senior management rise through the ranks from entry-level positions.

It also pays above the minimum wage in line with its commitments to the Living Wage Foundation.

Denise Hamilton, People Team Director said: ‘We are so proud to be a part of The Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work for List for 2018 and look forward continuing to work with our amazing team here in Tunbridge Wells to make Childrensa-lon the best workplace it can be.’
The company, which picked up its award at a ceremony hosted at the Battersea Evolution venue on February 22, was not the only business in the borough to make it onto the list.

Bedgebury-based Go Ape, which provides out-door activities such as segway forest safaris, zip wiring and treetop adventures, was ranked 67 on the list.

Jonny Cox, Site Manager at Go Ape Bedgebury, said staff feel reassured to work at a company which ‘cares about more than just profits.’
‘Go Ape feels like a big family and we all try to make a positive difference in everything that we do,’ he added.

Also making the list is Stockbroker AJ Bell, ranked 86.

The company, which at its peak employed more than 100 people in Tunbridge Wells, has been winding down its presence in the town after per-mission was granted to turn its Calverley House office into flats, while attempts to find new premises failed.

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