Number 13 lucky for Stockton-based Five Lamps

FIVE Lamps social enterprise company based in Stockton is one of the country’s best places to work for.

Jonathan Austin, Nicola Hall, Sue Westerman, Graeme Oram, Nichola Storr and Malcolm Diegan
Jonathan Austin, Nicola Hall, Sue Westerman, Graeme Oram, Nichola Storr and Malcolm Diegan

FIVE Lamps social enterprise company based in Stockton is one of the country’s best places to work for. They have been placed at number 13 in The Sunday Times Best Company to Work in the Public and Charity Sectors list 2011.

Chief executive Graeme Oram said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the organisation, which works hard to create possibilities and improve the lives of disadvantaged people by helping them to find work, start their own business, improve their finances and improve the aspirations of young people.

Five Lamps were placed high on the list because of their best employment practice, with staff feeling a strong sense of family in their team.

“We were ranked in the top 10 in the Best Companies employee survey for questions on wellbeing and also in the top 20 for Leadership and My Team.

“Everybody at Five Lamps is absolutely thrilled at our recognition as a great place to work. We have for some time understood just how important it is to invest in the professional and social development of our staff. This result shows what we have always believed, that a positive and motivated team of committed and talented people are best placed to create possibilities and change the lives of the thousands of people each year who use our services”.

Derrick Brown, vice chair of Five Lamps Trustees, said: “The Board of Trustees is delighted with our high ranking in the Best Places to Work list. Our staff are unquestionably our greatest asset.”

Five Lamps started as Thornaby Impasse in 1985 as a response to increasing unemployment in the local areas. Since then, the organisation has grown from strength to strength and now provides services across the whole of the North-east. Employing 84 members of staff, it was the only North-east company to be listed in the top 25 in The Sunday Times list.

Last year was a successful year for Five Lamps. They supported 171 people to start their own business, helped 315 people find work, supported over 4,500 people with personal and business loans, and provided activities and services for over 500 young people.

Based at Eldon Street in Thornaby it is one of the largest community led social enterprises within the North-east. Established in 1989, its mission statement says it will ... “transform lives, raise aspirations, remove barriers and offer choice to families, business and communities”.

The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work in the Public and Charity Sectors List is published in The Sunday Times on March 13, 2011.

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