High five for Holiday Extras in the Sunday Times Best Companies to work for list

best-companies -2015It’s the UK’s market-leading travel add-ons company’s ninth time to be included on the list and Holiday Extras also achieves three-star ‘Extraordinary’ Best Companies accreditation for the third year running.

The only way is up for Holiday Extras in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For list – In 2014 it was listed at number ten – This year Holiday Extras  jumped into the number five spot.

The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list is based on research into workplace engagement, and is the largest survey of its kind. The 2015 results were announced at a ceremony held at Battersea Power Station on Thursday 26 February, hosted by television presenter, Ben Shephard.

Anouk Agussol, Head of People for Holiday Extras, said: “We are powered by people and technology at Holiday Extras and as such we rightly invest in making Holiday Extras an amazing place to work and learn.

“Matthew Pack, our Group CEO, has a sticker or his door that says ‘No Fun, No Point’ – and that’s what we believe as a business. If you don’t love what you do or have fun doing it then you won’t do your best. For us, that’s common sense – so to be awarded with 5th place in the Best Companies to Work For list as a result of just doing what we do (with passion) feels absolutely amazing.

“We are supported by an incredible Leadership Team – however, this award is truly the result of having the best team of people working at Holiday Extras. This is their award. Its the wider team that make us the officially ‘extraordinary’ company that we are!”

Holiday Extras was the only company based in Kent to be listed in the Top 5 for 2015.


Notes to editors

Of the eight factors which are the key to creating a great workplace, Holiday Extras ranked in the second place for highly motivated people who love their jobs – with an 87% positive score.

The wellbeing of the team at Holiday Extras also scored well – bosses take an active interest in their wellbeing and health is not compromised because of work (83%). The working balance between professional and private life came into the top ten scores at 75%.

The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For lists in 2015

Best Small Companies to Work For (50 – 249 employees)

Best Mid Companies to Work For (250 – 3500 employees)

Best Big Companies to work for (3500 + employees)

Best Companies Accreditation follows the elite ‘Michelin style’ star rating system for organisations that demonstrate high levels of employee engagement. Based on staff feedback, organisations receive a Best Companies index score, which will determine their star rating, compared to a fixed standard. One star is first class, two stars are outstanding and three stars are extraordinary.

Picture caption: Ben Shephard presenter and Jonathan Austin CEO of Best Companies (far left and right) present the award to the Holiday Extras team. (left to right) Liam Thompson, Ryan Tillson, Michelle Clarke-Cowell, Suzanne Spratley, Emma Finch, Anouk Agussol, Stefanie Kennett, Joanne Denby, Mark Cridland, Mark Terry.