Brand Learning wins 'Best Company To Work For' 2011 Accolade

Brand Learning beats 1,000 other companies to win the number one spot as the ‘Best Company 2011’ in The Sunday Times Best Small Companies Awards

Brand Learning wins 'Best Company To Work For' 2011 AccoladeBrand Learning, the leading international specialist consultancy in building marketing capabilities, has won first place in ‘The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For’.  Brand Learning won the award at a ceremony in London on 23rd February. Brand Learning’s co-founders and managing directors Andy Bird and Mhairi McEwan were also awarded The Sunday Times ‘Best Leader’ of a small private company award.

This year’s competition saw over 1,000 small companies apply for accreditation by Best Companies with 567 being chosen for detailed survey including site visits before 100 were invited to attend the awards ceremony held last night at Battersea Park, London. The views of 275,000 employees were surveyed by Best Companies this year making it the most comprehensive survey of its kind in the UK.

Brand Learning, whose clients include Unilever, Shell, PepsiCo and AstraZeneca has risen steadily up the list since it first entered in 13th position in 2008, moving to fifth place in 2009 and third place last year.  It was awarded the maximum 3* accreditation by Best Companies for extraordinary performance. Despite the global recession, the business has grown by 30% this year to a £13.5 million turnover and has attracted widespread attention both in the UK and internationally, winning 25 new clients this financial year including Kellogg, Bacardi, Paypal and Snapfish.

Brand Learning has grown its international operations significantly over the past year, and recruited over 40 new employees. Over 50% of Brand Learning’s business is now sourced outside the UK and it operates in over 40 countries. Its newly refurbished and expanded offices were opened by Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills in November.

Mhairi McEwan, co-founder and managing director of Brand Learning, comments: “Our success is quite simply down to the extraordinary team of people who work for Brand Learning who share deep expertise in marketing and a passion for learning. Together with our board partners, Michele McGrath, Nevine El Warraky, Jill Hughes and Ana Maria Santos, we run Brand Learning as if it was a publicly listed company, with transparency and accountability and it is massively rewarding to see the results and to be recognized for our efforts like this.”

Andy Bird, co-founder and managing director adds: “Brand Learning has enjoyed an average annual growth of 25% since we set it up ten years ago. This is thanks to our continued investment in staying at the forefront of marketing and of marketing capability development and to our unique culture founded on our values ‘expert’, ‘engaging’, ‘inclusive’ and ‘inspiring change’. Never content to rest on our laurels, we are innovating in many areas and looking towards international expansion with exciting plans to double in size.”

Brand Learning’s passion is to transform the marketing capabilities and commercial performance of people, teams and organisations across the world.