Here are the winners of this year’s Happiest Workplace competition. 

Eyewear design house INSPECS was crowned overall 2018 competition winner while Wessex Water scooped the award in the large business category. Energy provider Pure Planet was awarded medium business winner. Icon Films, Home and Noisy Little Monkey landed the Bristol Large, Medium and Small Business titles respectively in the Happiest Workplace competition. The South Gloucestershire winners were skateboarding firm Shiner skateboards, which was crowned the Happiest Workplace in the inaugural contest in 2015 and this year topped the Large Business category, and chartered surveying firm Carterwood, which won the Medium business award.

The winners received their awards on Thursday 8th November at an awards ceremony hosted at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, attended by staff from shortlisted finalists.

Maxine Bennett, director, Wylde IA says: “Yet again the standard of entries has far exceeded our expectations. The South West is full of exciting, vibrant companies prioritising staff happiness and wellbeing which is wonderful to see.  This year, in particular, we’ve seen a genuine emphasis on mental health awareness and support running alongside the more typical rewards, benefits and work-life balance focus.” 

INSPECS wowed judges with their stylish, creative open space which reflects the company’s working style and philosophy – a non-traditional office which feels peaceful, calm and harmonious with a buzz of creativity, chatter and warmth.  The team is close knit with a strong family feel, full of friends who have worked together for many years.  Staff enjoy regular social events, gifts, flexible working, a generous holiday allowance and pension scheme.  The company operates a flat structure where everyone is encouraged to step forward with ideas and contribute towards the success of the company.

INSPECS CEO Robin Totterman says: “INSPECS is thrilled that our company’s workspace philosophy has been recognised by Wylde IA as giving us ‘the happiness advantage’ – thank you!  Very simply we wanted our workspace to be a good place to be – a lifestyle-friendly location, a colourful space to be creative, a clear space to think, and a friendly space to work together. We know that happy, healthy people produce better work and stay with us longer. Our offices in Bath are based in the city’s old Gas Light and Coke building, which delivered energy and light to Bath over a century ago. Today this industrial setting gives the INSPECS team generous space and light to create and sell our fashion eyewear collections all around the world.

Here are the snaps from the event with all of the proud winners!