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It's official: Gloucestershire firm is one of the country's Top 100 Best Companies to Work For

Creed Foodservice has been recognised as one of the top places to work in the country by The Sunday Times.

The independent wholesale company, who have their headquarters in Staverton have been named on The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

Founded in 1972, Creed Foodservice is the leading independent, family-owned foodservice retailer in the UK.

They employ 380 staff in depots at Staverton, as well as in Ilkeston in Derbyshire and High Wycombe and have already achieved Best Companies 2-star accreditation for workplace engagement.

Chris Creed, CEO of Creed Foodservice said: "All of us at Creed are extremely proud of our company, and we are delighted that we have achieved this recognition for our efforts.

"It's a great recognition, for all of us, and a great validation of the commitment to our culture that everyone makes."

We will continue to focus on our 'Great People, Great Place to work' strategy and we will strive to achieve the 3-star accreditation in future.

"For our customers, suppliers and people in the wider community, who also work in partnership with us, it will be a clear measure that we are a trusted partner and can be relied on.

"We champion our values, our great people, and we understand the importance of an engaged workplace."

To measure its progress, Creed Foodservice seeks feedback annually from all employees in a confidential survey.

The b-Heard survey, managed by Best Companies, invites the company's employees to score 70 statements about their wellbeing, pay and benefits, personal growth, their team and the leadership.

The constant yearly feedback has enabled Creed Foodservice to make continual improvements each year based upon the feedback of its people.

Martin Holmes, People Director at Creed Foodservice added :"Our focus on employee engagement began in earnest six years ago establishing our 'Great people, Great place to work' strategy.

"We review all aspects of our employee lifecycle and bringing clear focus on our values meaning something and being at the core of everything we do.

"Our values of Commercial, Friendly, Nurturing and Proud are lived and breathed through our everyday actions.

"Aligned to our 'Believe in More' Purpose we set a vision to become a Sunday Times Top 100 Company to Work For and we are absolutely delighted to have achieved this.

"Creed Foodservice has never set out to just get a "plaque on the wall" but to invest in the development of our business until we reach a level where we achieve the accreditation as a measure of what our people think about our company".

"When people are engaged, they feel connected to each other and to what we are trying to achieve believing in our purpose, values and their role in achieving it.

"We believe that the more engaged our people are the more the culture of our business positively evolves and the more successful as a business we become and our business growth and customer and people satisfaction bears this out".

Jonathan Austin, CEO from Best Companies added: "I would like to congratulate Creed Foodservice on achieving a Two Star Accreditation and being named as one of the UK's Best Companies to Work For.

"Best Companies has been acknowledging excellence in the workplace since 2006 when we launched our Michelin style accreditation standard.

"We are proud to work with organisations like Creed Foodservice who focus on their people and as such have been rewarded with an engaged workforce who tell us that they're a best company to work for."

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