Make has been placed 28th in the highly acclaimed Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work for ranking 2013.

Make has climbed 18 places in the national survey from its debut last year, and has risen to 13th position in the ‘Fair Deal’ and 19th position in the ‘Personal Growth’ categories. Work is an important part of employees’ lives and with the vast majority of the studio happy with their pay and benefits and feeling that they are treated fairly, the staff turnover has dropped to a low 16%.

Best Companies, the workplace engagement specialists, undertake an annual survey judged on employees’ confidential answers to a range of questions based on their wellbeing, engagement in the business as a whole, leadership, communication and their pay and benefits.

Ken Shuttleworth said: “Make is nine years old now and was founded with the principle of being different from the traditional set up. It is well known that Make is an employee-owned company with all our profits shared amongst the team. But the set up is for more than financial gain. In an architectural studio, the people or the employees are more important than anything else. The idea is to get the best people together, and make them feel empowered; to give them ownership and to enable them to benefit directly from what they really do on a daily basis. We work hard to make sure that people feel they have a voice, both within a design team and in shaping the direction of the company. I am certain our structure has greatly contributed to our success, both as a practice and within this survey.

“It is great to know that everyone at Make feels passionately about the company and as a result is extremely motivated. The Sunday Times Best Companies Survey helps us to know we are on the right track – we are absolutely thrilled at our 2013 score.“

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