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Sytner inside top 10 for best big companies to work for

Sytner Group has achieved sixth position in the ‘20 best big companies to work for’ 2009 guide in the Sunday Times’ annual assessment of employee engagement. Melvin Rogers (left) head of human resources at Sytner with Gerard Nieuwenhuys (right) managing director at Sytner.

The prestige motor retail group has been recognised for the second year running in the acclaimed league dominated by the financial services industry.

The Sunday Times 20 Best Big Companies to Work For guide was created five years ago in recognition of the challenges faced by larger organisations striving to maintain motivated employees.

Sytner Group was recognised for “excellent workplace policies, with a focus on attracting and retaining the very best people, whilst delivering outstanding business performance”.

Gerard Nieuwenhuys, managing director of Sytner Group, said: “It is a great credit to all of our employees to receive this recognition.

“They continue to demonstrate an amazingly positive team spirit which is ensuring that our business continues to perform at an optimum level in what is a testing economic environment.”

Peter Vardy Limited made the list for the first time with 81% of employees feeling that they can make a valuable contribution to the success of the company – the third highest for all 100 companies. The company is listed at number 54 in the best medium company to work for poll.

The report states that at a time when many car dealerships are struggling, Vardy’s approach has seen sales increase and they have plans to expand their business in the future.

Sarah Sillars, chief executive of the Institute of the Motor Industry, said: “This is a fantastic result for both organisations and our industry in general.

"We are delighted to congratulate these good businesses in our sector who are still developing and supporting their staff despite these challenging times – true evidence about ‘good companies to work for’ in the retail automotive sector”.

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