OFFICIAL: Town Hall & Symphony Hall is a great place to work!

Performances Birmingham named in Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For

Town Hall and Symphony Hall staff were celebrating success after learning the company had been named one of the UK’s Top 100 ‘Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For’ in the not-for-profit category. And the recognition is all the more welcome as it comes in the year when Symphony Hall is celebrating its 21st anniversary.

Performances Birmingham Limited, the registered charity which manages Town Hall & Symphony Hall, was awarded Best Companies’ One Star Accreditation in the not-for-profit category, and 68th place on the prestigious Sunday Times Top 100 list. The announcement was made at a celebratory dinner at Battersea Park Events Arena last night (Wednesday 22 February).

The commendation recognises the company’s commitment to its workforce and to making the day-to-day working life of its staff the best it can be. The Top 100 is compiled from a detailed independent employee survey, conducted by Best Companies, which looks at aspects of workplace performance and best practice in eight key areas including leadership, well-being and personal growth.

Andrew Jowett, Director of Performances Birmingham Limited said, “This is a great achievement for any company, and particularly welcome for us in Symphony Hall’s 21st anniversary year. Our staff are our greatest asset and fundamental to our ability to deliver the world class performances and superbly professional service for which Town Hall & Symphony Hall are known.”

The team were encouraged to enter the ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For’ having completed similar independent surveys, conducted by Harris Interactive in 2009 and 2011. The results confirmed that employees felt Town Hall and Symphony Hall was a great place to work, with strong staff engagement, good communication and a friendly working environment. Several employees, including Director Andrew Jowett, have served the company since before Symphony Hall opened in 1991, and partnerships and long-standing friendships have developed along the way.

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Further information on Best Companies

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary Festival runs from January-July 2012 www.thsh.co.uk/sh21