Hull-based firm recognised in the Sunday Times' Best Places to Work 2024

Tracy Hunt, hot food supervisor, Sewell on the go
Tracy Hunt, hot food supervisor, Sewell on the go

Hull-based Sewell Group has made The Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2024, with employees saying they are happy, productive and engaged.

The list, which covers businesses from across the country, finds the best companies to work for by measuring staff feedback on factors including reward and recognition, information sharing, empowerment, wellbeing, pride and job satisfaction. Sewell Group - which also has offices across Yorkshire and the North East - has two arms, with award-winning fuel station and convenience store operator Sewell on the go, and a range of estates businesses working across investments, construction, facilities management, consultancy and data mapping.

The company has made the list consistently over the past 15 years, with the result being determined through surveys of the people that work there. Paul Sewell, Sewell Group chair, said: “They say you have to be a great place to work to be a great company to deal with. Our aim has always been to nurture, reward and develop our talent, so they can serve our customers in an elite and sustainable way.


“We set standards to be a place where the best want to be and the aspirational can reach their full potential. The Sunday Times Best Places to Work is a list based on what our people say, which is why, for me, this is the best accolade we could receive.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be in this prestigious listing and thanks go to all our staff, customers and partners who have helped us continue to grow and thrive.” Data and information analyst Achyut Ratkanthiwar started work with the company last year, and said working for Sewell Group had been a different experience from his previous workplaces.

Two Sewell Group team members out on a construction site
Two Sewell Group team members out on a construction site

“I love the way people at Sewell Group support each other,” he said. “When someone does well, everyone celebrates their success, and when someone has a problem, we all rally round to help. It’s a great working environment, and I’m really glad that’s been recognised at a national level.”

Tracy Hunt, hot food supervisor from one of Sewell on the go’s stores, said: “I’ve been working for Sewell Group for over five years, and I’m still amazed by how friendly and helpful everyone is, from trainees right up to senior management. I’ve been given the freedom and responsibility to manage my own projects, and I know that the rest of the team always have my back if I need help.”

Chris Longcroft, of The Times and The Sunday Times, said: “All organisations are only as good as the people they employ and retain. The Sunday Times Best Places to Work awards recognise companies that are innovating to create an engaged and fulfilling working environment for all and in so doing they are creating the best possible platform for business success.

“To be named on The Sunday Times Best Places to Work list is a true recognition of excellence and I congratulate those organisations who made the grade this year.” Some of Sewell Group’s initiatives that were recognised include its commitment to young people through its GATEway scheme, which provides roles for graduates, apprentices, trainees and work experience; the way the company rewards its staff through bonuses, promotions and internal recognition, and its move to shared ownership across its estates businesses.