Staff at North Star Housing Group are celebrating after being named as one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For, having been awarded 14th place at a glittering awards ceremony in London this week.
As well as the top 20 accolade, North Star was also awarded Best Companies 3 Star Accreditation – the highest accreditation level available. The rankings and awards are based entirely on employee feedback and identify how employees contribute to their company’s success and growth, setting a benchmark for other employers. The 3 Star Accreditation is only awarded to organisations assessed as ‘extraordinary’.
Group chief executive, Angela Lockwood, said:
“We’re immensely proud to have been awarded 14th place. This is an excellent achievement, especially when you consider the fantastic other companies in the Top 100 List – it’s a tough competition. Every year the prestige of this list builds, making this the competition that every organisation wants to be involved in. North Star staff are passionate about what they do and they take and active role in shaping the future of North Star. This award is testament to their hard work and commitment.”
As well as providing affordable housing across the North East and North Yorkshire, North Star Housing Group has a strong sense of corporate social responsibility, actively supporting and funding local community projects, in order to help local neighbourhoods to develop and become more resilient.
Assistant director of people services, Carole Richardson, said: “We are over the moon with the award. This achievement is testament to the extraordinary levels of engagement and commitment from the people who work at North Star and the Group’s investment in our staff. Our culture is a massive part of what makes us successful. We provide vital services to local people, so it’s essential that staff are involved in influencing our approach and feel positive and empowered in the workplace.”
This is not the first year that North Star has taken part in the Best Companies survey. After securing 1 Star Accreditation in 2011 and 2012, the leap to 3 Stars in 2015 is a great accolade for the Housing Group.
For more information, the full Sunday Times 100 Best Companies list and profiles of each company will be available at www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/best100companies from 15th March.