A fast-growing property firm based in Doncaster has been recognised as one of the best employers in its sector by an industry-leading media organisation.
Barnsdales, who have expanded their team and their range of services dramatically during the last year, are listed as one of the best places to work in the latest edition of Property Week.
The company earned particular praise for its flexible approach to its employment policies, with the Property Week researchers highlighting the work/life balance and job share options as key criteria.
Jason Barnsdale, Managing Director of the company, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised by one of the most influential media organisations in our sector as a best place to work.
“It shows we have a great team here, and that is something we have worked hard to develop over the last couple of years. It also reflects the changes to our business and how we have progressed.”
Property Week invited applications from UK-based property businesses with more than 15 employees. Companies with between 15 and 24 employees – a category which included Barnsdales at the time of the research – had to demonstrate a survey response from at least 80 per cent of employees.
Jason said: “We had to fill in a few forms and then everybody received an email questionnaire which they had to complete independently to say what it’s like working here. The results from that helped us to win this recognition.”
Barnsdales was founded in 1905 and built a strong reputation for residential sales and lettings under Jason’s great grandfather, grandfather and father. Jason arrived from London in 2007 with a wealth of commercial property experience.
In January this year the company launched the new Barnsdales Living brand in Hallgate, Doncaster, to provide its residential services and moved its commercial, facilities management and property auction businesses to Sidings Court, next to Lakeside Village.
Continuing expansion throughout the year has seen Barnsdales increase its workforce by around 50 per cent, with recruitment in all areas of the business.
Jason said: “The business is growing in terms of volume, sectors and geographical areas of activity. We are at the heart of so many of the great developments that are transforming the Doncaster area and we also have contacts elsewhere in the UK with a lot of property involvement in the south east and London.
“Our expansion has challenged our team and they have responded. We are now up to 25 staff and this recognition will help us attract more people as we continue to grow. There will be more recruitment next year in the head office and on site for Barnsdales FM, who have a lot more work in the pipeline.”