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Futures Company placed on Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For in 2010

1 March, 2010

The Futures Company is proud to announce that it has been placed at number 56 on The Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For list 2010 published on 28 February 2010.

The list was derived from entries of 964 companies and identifies best practice in the British workplace defined by performance in eight key indicators of workplace engagement, including staff opinions on leadership, managers, immediate colleagues, pay and benefits, wellbeing and giving back.

The Futures Company achieved a number of top 15 results in the small companies category, including the seventh highest score for pro bono work and charity fundraising and the ninth highest score for managers as excellent role models.

Full text from The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2010 supplement, 28 February 2010:

Christmas lunch in Paris is one of the perks that makes life palatable at this global
research consultancy.

The Futures Company consultants earn a typical £32,000 a year, and almost a third of the 55 employees make more than £55,000. People say their jobs are good for growth (a top 15 positive score of 86%).

The organisation’s values include curiosity, intelligence and imagination, and it clearly values new ideas from employees (88%, another top 15 score). There are bonuses for junior staff of between £500 and £3,500 for living these values, and other exceptional achievements are celebrated with the gift of a bottle of champagne and £70.

Everyone is treated fairly (78%) with a generous set of benefits for employees at every level. Staff holiday ranges from 25 to 27 days a year (depending on service and incentives), while sabbaticals are available after three years. Maternity benefits include an extra month’s pay as a bonus. There is flexibility for any employee to change their working patterns: the financial controller, for example, works for 10 months and has a two-month break in the summer.

Most people have share options while the whole staff has free private healthcare including family members, a non-contributory pension scheme and discounted gym membership. Staff can get discounts at shops and facilities near the central London office.

Senior employees such as UK managing director Will Galgey truly live the values of the firm (84%). People feel their manager talks openly and honestly with them (87%), offers plenty of support (84%) and is an excellent role model (81%, the ninth highest score for this).

Everyone has five days of paid work time available to volunteer each year, and this has included running drama and sports groups for a youth centre in Bermondsey in south London and helping the director of a film project investigating human rights abuses in Nigeria. The firm offers pro bono work to good causes and matches funds raised by staff for charities, and staff say this is not just for the good publicity (82%, the seventh highest score).

Jennifer Childs
Marketing & PR Manager
+44 (0) 20 7955 1824

About The Futures Company
The Futures Company - the coming together of Henley Centre HeadlightVision and Yankelovich - is a global trends and futures research and consultancy business. Our mission is to unlock futures for our clients.

We integrate our proprietary survey data with observational insights to create deep and
dynamic perspectives on the consumer trends shaping our clients’ businesses around the world. And we enrich these perspectives with future-facing qualitative and quantitative research and with trends and futures consultancy.

This unique combination of capabilities enables us to help our clients uncover new ways to understand and segment their consumers, identify future sources of value and build powerful brand connections.

The Futures Company is part of the Kantar Group of WPP, with offices in London, New York, Chapel Hill, NC, Mumbai and Delhi.

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