Two PR agencies named in list of UK best workplaces

Fishburn Hedges and Firefly Communications have been named as two of the best places to work in Britain by The Financial Times, with FH ranked second in the country.

In the FT's special report on the 100 Best Workplaces in the EU and 50 Best Workplaces in the UK, FH came second only to Asda Stores. Firefly was ranked at number 46.

Fishburn Hedges chief executive Neil Hedges said: 'I think this result is pretty good for the PR industry. There is a sweatshop culture at some firms in our industry.'

Features of the agency's staff management policies lauded by the report included staff sports days, staff treasure hunts and the fact that when staff received their bonus last year, they also received a £125 Selfridges voucher.

Survey questionnaires were completed by up to 250 employees from each organisation. Hedges says his company entered it as part of a recruitment and retention drive.

'We don't have a human resources department as such,' said Hedges.

'What we don't want, however, is the situation where the company becomes a place that people think of as a place for ball games and the like. Although it sounds trite, people come here because they like doing their best for clients,' he added.

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