Firm is one of the best to work for

TOP MARKS Operations director Henry Braithwaite and, right, managing director Paul Thomas with Market Makers staff.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (120731-205)
TOP MARKS Operations director Henry Braithwaite and, right, managing director Paul Thomas with Market Makers staff. Picture: Allan Hutchings (120731-205)

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IT must be one of the highest accolades a company can get – to be voted one of the best in the UK to work for by its own staff.

Now the Market Makers group of companies, based at 1000 Lakeside in North Harbour, has made The Sunday Times top 100 Best Firms for the fourth year running.

Despite a huge expansion in its staff, it achieved its best position in the list this year, coming in at number 20.

Market Makers consists of its telesales business, a marketing consultancy called Really, and a web analytics company called Lead Forensics.

Altogether it has 230 staff, and the firm is looking to take on 70 more by the end of this year – as well as open an office in Boston, USA, for its web business.

Henry Braithwaite, who started the business in 2004 with his friend Paul Thomas, said: ‘Statistically, on The Sunday Times list we are the best company to work for in Hampshire, and we know we have to be the best if we want to encourage the best talent to work here.’

Mr Braithwaite said the secret of the firm’s success is its energy, and the rewards and investment it gives its staff.

He said: ‘We’ve had trips to Las Vegas, Ibiza, Monaco for the teams that have done really well; we took everyone to see the rugby at Twickenham and we always take people over for Cowes week.

‘We’ve also launched our own business school inhouse, which is a training school for everyone who works for us.

‘Anyone can book themselves onto a course to improve their skills and help them get promotion.’

The company is determined to keep its base local.

Mr Braithwaite said: ‘Last year we grew by 50 per cent and we want to recruit 70 more people by the end of this year – and they will all be from Portsmouth.

‘Last year the company grew a huge amount but we want to keep the feel of it the same, to improve it.

‘Everybody gets on with everybody else in the company – the feel is very good and we do do a lot to celebrate our successes.’