Hatmill, one of the UK’s largest independently owned supply chain and logistics consultancy, has today been named as the UK’s Best Workplaces™ 2023 (small business category) by Great Place to Work®, the global authority on workplace culture.
The unique, self-managing culture and employee ownership is just one of the reasons why the company ranked number one in the small business (20-50 employees) category and why employees love working for Hatmill.
Hatmill topped the list after a rigorous survey and interview process with its staff and faced tough competition to reach the top spot.
Hatmill, based in Grantley near Ripon, provides end-to-end supply chain and logistics support to deliver improvements to warehouses, transport, forecasting and inventory, so clients become more profitable and transform their customers’ experience.
The employee-owned company works with some of the UK’s leading and most trusted brands including Asda, Greggs, NHS England and Royal Mail.
Hatmill joins well known firms recognised on the list including Lindt, Confused.com, Hello Fresh and Laithwaites Wine. Simon Dixon, Founder of Hatmill said: “I’m thrilled Hatmill has been recognised as THE Best Place to Work. Creating a great place to work is fundamental to my business principles so to be ranked top of the list is such an honour and is credit to our amazing team”
“I believe Hatmill has been so successful in the programme due to our unique culture and innovative ways of working which is in direct contrast to so many traditional consultancy firms. While growing Hatmill I’ve been determined to create a culture focused on collaboration and shared values that avoids the usual corporate traps and focuses on what’s important – for our clients and our team.”
“It’s a key differentiator between Hatmill and our competitors; our clients value the difference it makes to them. It hugely influences our ability to attract and retain the very best talent in the industry. We’ve demonstrated time and time again that a growing firm from Yorkshire can compete against the big consultancy firms.”
“Despite the challenging economic environment, we’ve got ambitious plans for growth at Hatmill in 2023 following a 41% increase in turnover last year with plans to expand into the US and Europe on the back of client demand.”
Hatmill’s culture matches that of ‘Teal’ businesses as researched by Fredrick La Loux in his book “Reinventing Organisations”.
As a ‘Teal’ organisation, Hatmill’s operating model is non-hierarchical – and the team have significant influence over their work, something that has boosted staff retention, morale and wellbeing.
About Best Workplaces
“As the global authority on workplace culture, our mission at Great Place to Work® has always been to build a better world by helping organisations become a great place to work for all. We strongly believe in the notion of ‘better for business, better for people, better for the world,” said Benedict Gautrey, Managing Director of Great Place to Work® UK.
“Best Workplaces™ consistently put people first – not just in terms of looking out for their own employees but also by caring for and supporting their surrounding community and environment. We’re incredibly proud to recognise the very best ‘For All’ organisations committed to equity and unfaltering in ensuring that all employees are empowered to deliver the right strategic solutions to ever-changing business opportunities and challenges.”
A great workplace is more than lavish perks, fancy parties and amazing benefits. While those elements are present in many Best Workplace™ organisations, at its core a great workplace is about the level of trust that employees experience in their leaders, the level of pride they have in their jobs; and the extent to which they experience camaraderie with their colleagues.
Great Place to Work® performed rigorous evaluations of hundreds of employee survey responses alongside Culture Audit™ submissions from leaders at each company to create the 2023 UK’s Best Workplaces™ list. They then used these data insights to benchmark the effectiveness of companies’ employee value propositions against the culture their employees actually experience.
Those businesses who achieve the highest scores after evaluation receive Best Workplaces™ status.