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North East radio station named best UK employer

Star Radio, part of UKRD Group, has been recognised as the best mid-sized company to work for in the UK for the second year in succession.

Star Radio, which serves listeners in Darlington, Durham and Northallerton, has been named alongside its fifteen sister stations at number one in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For 2012 list.

Star’s parent company, UKRD, topped seven out of the eight categories that were assessed, while it also had the most positive responses in 48 of 70 individual questions that were put to staff.

The group was commended in a wide range of areas including best for fair pay, employees that are least tired after work, have most fun at work, and are proudest in their work.

Star Radio’s managing director Mark Reason said: “Winning awards is nice, but creating a great workplace for our people is much more important.

“We work hard to ensure that everyone at Star Radio enjoys coming to work, that they feel as though they have a real say in the running of the company and that they are part of something that is much more than just delivering profits to our shareholders. Star Radio and UKRD is a unique organisation and one where there is a lot of collective pride. This award really is ‘for the people by the people.’”

Independent inspectors spent months scrutinising bosses and staff at Star’s Darlington headquarters as well as at UKRD’s other businesses, which include over 40 websites and a national network of radio stations.

The company was recognised at a glitzy black tie awards ceremony in Battersea Arena, London, while the results were published in the Best Companies supplement in the Sunday Times.

UKRD’s chairman Trevor Smallwood said: “It’s a great achievement to get recognised as the best company once, but twice in a row when you are up against some of the most well known household names in the country, is an amazing achievement.”

Unlike many employers that have cut back on staff benefit schemes during the economic downturn, Star Radio runs several initiatives including a ‘fun budget’ for each member of staff.

Recent activities include days out sailing, theatre trips and clay pigeon shooting, while employees are also actively encouraged to offer their ideas and opinions on the way the business is run.

For more information on Star Radio, please visit: www.thisisstar.co.uk.

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