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Purpose-driven communications group Social has been named one of the country’s best workplaces.

The Manchester headquartered agency was ranked 16 on the latest list of Best Workplaces™ in the small business category compiled by Great Place to Work®.

The consultancy, which received its Great Place to Work certification earlier this year, has dedicated the past two years to enhancing its employee experience through new policies and initiatives which have been welcomed by its 50-strong team.

From five days’ volunteering leave to support for women experiencing menopause and a transparent salary banding structure, Social has been recognised for its commitment to creating a flexible and supportive people-focused culture.

In addition to being a verified Living Wage employer, Social was also an early signatory of the Good Business Charter, an accreditation which recognises good business behaviour.

John Quinton-Barber, founder and group CEO of Social, commented: “When I founded the business nine years ago, I was committed to running an agency that put its people first and made a positive social impact regardless of how big we became, and I’m glad that this continues to be true.

“This recognition is testament to our ‘Life Happens’ value which means our colleagues and clients are supported no matter what, and I’m proud my colleagues demonstrate this every day. It really is our colleagues that make Social a great place to work and I’m proud of every one of them.”

Great Place to Work® is an authority on workplace culture, committed to helping all organisations create workplaces where everyone, no matter who they are or what they do, is having a consistently positive experience.

The annual Best Workplaces list is highly regarded for celebrating those businesses who demonstrate excellence in the employee experience. The rigorous, independent methodology assesses each business across a number of criteria including an employee survey.

Other organisations recognised on this year’s lists include Adobe, Freddie’s Flowers and Bacardi UK.