Published on 23/02/12


Town Hall and Symphony Hall staff are celebrating success after learning the company has been named one of the UK’s Top 100 ‘Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For’ in the not-for-profit category.
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 Top 100 list. The organisation was also the only music and arts charity to feature in the final selection.

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. Over 250 companies entered the Top 100 non-for-profit category.

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.