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Housing association vies with Microsoft and eBay to be named UK's best workplace

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

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A Merseyside housing association has been recognised as one the UK's best places to work with a national award.

One Vision Housing, part of the Sovini Group, was named Best Workplace 2014 by the Great Place to Work organisation.

OVH was ranked first among medium sized businesses (50–499 employees) at the ceremony, which took place this week at The Montcalm in London.

The award was made all the more impressive by the fact there was a record number of entrants in the category.

Great Place to Work said it was “a significant achievement” that OVH had topped the category in their first year of participation.

The social landlord, which serves communities across Sefton, Merseyside, was competing against companies across all sectors, including commercial global enterprises such as Microsoft and eBay.

OVH was also named as the best company for delivering excellence in wellbeing. In total they scooped three awards at the ceremony.

OVH's chief executive, Roy Williams, said: “We’re delighted to have been recognised as the Number One place to work in the UK. We were competing against a number of well-known commercial brands in the Great Workplaces UK Final, so it’s certainly flattering to be singled out as the leading employer.

Tom O’Byrne, chief executive of Great Place to Work, added: ‘We are delighted at One Vision Housing’s success in this year’s Best Workplace awards. Not only did they walk off with top spot in the medium category, they also won two special awards – Excellence in Wellbeing and Excellence in Employee Voice."

In 2012 and 2013, OVH became the first organisation to consecutively be ranked number one in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For list.

Also in 2013, OVH won the British Quality Foundation’s UK Excellence Award and will discover this summer whether it has been awarded the European Excellence Award, one of the most prominent accolades that can be awarded to any company.

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