We’re delighted to share the news that AJ Bell’s new head office at 4 Exchange Quay (EQ4) has been independently recognised amongst the most effective workplaces worldwide.
Rated by Leesman, the independent workplace effectiveness assessor, EQ4 has achieved a Leesman+ award, placing it in the top five workplaces in the world, the top three in the UK and at the top spot in Manchester.
The Leesman survey collects employee data to measure how supportive and effective a working environment is. With the Leesman+ awarded to workplaces scoring 70 or above, EQ4 achieved an outstanding result of 80.6.
This award recognises EQ4 as a workplace providing staff with the resources, flexibility and facilities necessary to boost productivity, deliver high quality customer service and support the company’s growth prospects.
Commenting on the achievement Andy Bell, chief executive at AJ Bell said: “We were determined to place the success and wellbeing of our people at the heart of EQ4 and create an office environment that will help to attract the best talent to support our future growth. Achieving a Leesman+ is a tremendous endorsement of the work done in partnership with TSK to create an efficient workplace for a motivated and growing workforce.”
Partnering with AJ Bell right from consultancy through to delivery, we created a workplace that blends a variety of flexible work settings and spaces. EQ4 also features a state-of-the-art gym, training and seminar suite, e-learning zone, dining area, amphitheatre and lounge that will transform into a bar for staff once a month.
Handing over the project in May, the relocation saw the entirety of AJ Bell’s Manchester team move into to the 94,000-square foot office. The company has since announced the additional relocation of its 100-strong stockbroking team from Tunbridge Wells next year, demonstrating the firm’s commitment to building a centre of excellence in Manchester.
Craig Murray, Consultancy and Design Director from TSK added: “The AJ Bell leadership team was exceptional in its approach to the vision for EQ4. They had a genuine commitment to employee engagement, ensuring every detail of the project embodied the business’ values to create a truly great place to work.
“AJ Bell is going from strength-to-strength as a business and truly deserves this endorsement.”
As Leesman Consulting Partners, it’s a real privilege to see one of our most successful projects for 2017 gain international status.
“It was a pleasure to work with such a forward-thinking organisation that engaged its team throughout the process. We’re thrilled at EQ4’s Leesman+ score – the highest achieved for one of our clients; it’s a world-class example of a workplace that really supports its people to improve business performance.”
Read more about the AJ Bell Project here.