Star status for 11 PR shops in Best Companies survey

Eleven PR companies have received ‘Best Companies 2008' star status accreditation for their workplaces and investment in their staff.

Overall, 307 companies ach­ieved a star accreditation in the third year of the scheme, run by Best Companies. Companies that enter can be awarded one star for first class, two stars for outstanding and three stars for ext­raordinary performance.

This year, no PR companies achieved three-star status. Consolidated, Golin Harris, Nelson Bostock Communications, Lexis PR, PPS and Lansons Communications all achieved two stars.

Meanwhile, , The Red Consultancy, Lewis Communications, Edelman, Penrose Financial and Trimedia received one star.

Seven other PR companies entered but failed to achieve a star. Fox Murphy, Lawton Communications Group, FD, Bite Communications, HPS Group, Aylesworth Fleming and Brahm all instead became ‘Ones to Watch' for 2008.

Three more agencies achieved star accreditation in 2008 than in 2007. Bite Communications received two stars in 2007 but failed to get a star this year. Lansons and Lexis retained their two- star ratings, while PPS dropped from three stars to two stars.

The Best Companies survey is designed to measure employee engagement and uses 66 questions to gain a view of the workplace environment across eight factors.

The survey measures how employees feel about the head of their organisation, whether staff feel supported by their manager and how people value their company. It also measures stress, pressure and balance between work and home life.

Of the 558 companies that completed the final process this year, 48 achieved three stars, while 117 received two stars and 142 achieved one star. Three-star winners inc­lude O2, KPMG and Ernst
& Young.

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