Town Hall & Symphony Hall is a 'Top 100 Sunday Times Best Not-For-Profit Organisation to work for' for second year

Charity rises forty places in prestigious list and receives Giving Something Back Special Award for environmental staff engagement project

Staff at Town Hall and Symphony Hall are celebrating the news that, for the second year running, they have been named one of UK’s ‘Top 100 Sunday Times Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For’. Performances Birmingham Limited, the registered charity which manages the world-renowned concert halls, significantly advanced its position this year by 40 places to 28th in the prestigious Top 100. It was awarded ‘outstanding’ Two Star accreditation and, to top the achievement, also received a coveted ‘Giving Something Back’ Special Award in recognition of its work in engaging staff through an environmental project.

The ‘Giving Something Back’ Special Award was received for Town Hall and Symphony Hall’s sustainability day which encouraged staff, through a series of activities, talks and workshops, to adopt behavioural changes and consider the environmental impact of their daily routines.

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. 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. It also illustrates that employees believe Town Hall and Symphony Hall achieves strong staff engagement, good communication and a friendly working environment.

Speaking after the awards ceremony at Battersea Evolution last night (Wednesday 27 February), Andrew Jowett OBE, Chief Executive of Performances Birmingham Limited said, “We are delighted to have again been recognised as a great company to work for. To have improved our position so dramatically and, in particular, to have also received a ‘Giving Something Back’ award is a crowning achievement and fitting tribute to our staff for their dedicated work during this last year in which we have celebrated Symphony Hall’s 21st anniversary. It illustrates that staff are highly engaged and motivated, qualities which are vital in order for us to deliver the world class performances and customer service for which Town Hall and Symphony Hall are recognised.”

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Notes to Editors

Town Hall and Symphony Hall first entered the Top 100 Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For, not-for-profit category, in 2012 when it was placed 68th and awarded One Star Accreditation.

The team were encouraged to enter the ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For’ having completed similar independent surveys, conducted by Harris Interactive in 2009 and 2011.

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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).

Supported by Birmingham City Council
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

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Issued 28 February 2013