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ANS receive Best Companies Award 2016

Last week saw award- winning datacentre, Infrastructure and Enterprise Networking  organisation ANS, rank at number 83 in a list of the ‘Best Places to Work’ in the UK at the Best Companies Awards 2016 as part of The Sunday Times Best Companies Awards 2016 at Battersea Evolution, London. ANS also scooped up the maximum 3 star accreditation at the ceremony.

Paul Sweeney, CEO at ANS said of the accreditation:

We’re absolutely over the moon to have made the list! This accreditation means more to us than most as rankings are based solely on the opinions of our team members. We work hard to offer an ever-growing benefits package that truly makes a difference to our team’s wellbeing and gives us a steady advantage over competitors.

“Our customers want to work with us because our people are passionate about where they work and love what they do. We pride ourselves on thinking outside the box when it comes to getting our team together and saying thank you! Whether it’s Champagne Friday’s, our Summer Ball or team building Tough Mudder; our motto has always been work hard, play harder and it’s gratifying to be recognised for this.”

In September ANS celebrated 20 years in business at a 1990s Madchester themed ball dedicated to its charity The Factory Youth Zone. The ball saw the organisation go back to the 90s as a hat-tip to chairman Scott Fletcher, who founded the company in 1996 at 22. The night was dedicated to charity partner The Factory Youth Zone, for whom ANS has raised more than £110,000 since 2011.

Donations, raffles and a dedicated auction helped ANS pass the £20,000 2015 target for the Harpurhey charity. Paul commented:

“CSR is a huge part of our DNA at ANS and it’s something that we take very seriously. Our team have the opportunity not only to donate, but to get actively involved in charity efforts and volunteering schemes.

“Young people are so important to us. To remain at the top of our game it’s paramount for us be forward thinking, bring in new ideas and to support the next generation behind us. Our Apprentice Academy is a prime example of how we nurture young talent and help to develop the next generation of digital leaders.”

Earlier this year ANS’ acquired Stockport-based network solution experts Eison and welcomed 30 new team members to the organisation. Paul commented on the acquisition:

“This acquisition has given us the additional expertise to ensure that our networking solutions are as innovative and robust as our datacentre solutions. Eison, like ANS, has been built on technical excellence. Our new team members have brought with them a wealth of technical skills and outstanding customer service skills. Future opportunities for ANS are endless.”

The Best Companies accreditation focuses on Workplace Engagement as an integral component of an organisation’s success and growth. This year will mark the organisations third appearance in the country’s most searching and extensive research into employee engagement.  Every organisation that goes for Best Companies Accreditation is given a Best Companies Index score (BCI). This score (on a scale of 1 to 1000) is defined from employee’s responses to questions within the Best Companies survey, from this a position in the Top 100 listing is determined.

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