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Cavendish, a leading communications consultancy, has been recognised as one of the UK’s best places to work in the annual Sunday Times listing for 2024 in the Best Medium-sized organisations category (50-249 employees).

One of just a handful of comms agencies to make the list, Cavendish was praised for its focus on nurturing and developing its team through mentorship and shared learning as well as its flexible approach to working, which includes allowing staff to work from anywhere during August. Its employee retention rate was also noted, with more than a quarter of staff clocking up more than five years’ service.

Carl Daruvalla, CEO at Cavendish said “Being positioned alongside some of the biggest and best brands in the UK is a huge achievement and a significant milestone in our journey to becoming an internationally recognised, world class consultancy. Making the Sunday Times list on our first attempt shows that we’re heading in the right direction, but our work doesn’t stop here, and we know there’s more that we can do.

“Since our MBO in late 2022, we’ve focused on listening to our people and building a culture that recognises and supports them. From enhancing our benefits, like flexible working and gifted time off for birthdays and summer afternoons, to strengthening our training offer, we’re working hard to create a best-in-class working environment. The fact that the Sunday Times listing is based on feedback from our team is the icing on the cake.

“Importantly, our people are driving this too. In the last year, our teams have set up some brilliant initiatives including our LGBTQI+, Women, Neurodiversity and soon-to-be-launched Culture networks, that are bringing together people from across our teams and offices to create inclusive, supportive groups that are helping us all achieve more.”

The prestigious Sunday Times Best Places to Work, which has been running for over 20 years, recognises, honours and celebrates Britain's top employers and acknowledges the best workplaces for women, LGBTQIA+ community, disabled employees, ethnic minorities, younger and older workers, and wellbeing. It uses 26 questions from its partner WorkL’s employee engagement survey, developed by behavioural scientists, data analysts, psychologists, business leaders, academics and other independent parties to most accurately monitor employee engagement, wellbeing and discretionary effort in the workplace.

To achieve a high overall engagement score, an organisation must score well across WorkL’s six-step framework: Reward and Recognition, Instilling Pride, Information Sharing, Empowerment, Wellbeing and Job Satisfaction.

With more than 100 corporate communications and political specialists across 10 regional offices, Cavendish brings a rare mix of rich experience and bold new thinking based on strategy, research and insight. Championing equal parts analytical and creative thinking, Cavendish combines the best of both to help clients make a positive difference in the world.