Bedford Consulting

Why Bedford Consulting IS A MOST LOVED WORKPLACE®

Systemic Collaboration

EMPLOYEES COLLABORATE THROUGHOUT OUR COMPANY BY …

We have a range of tools that employees use to communicate and collaborate with each other from different locations around Europe, MS Office Suite (Outlook/Teams/SharePoint), Slack, Zoom, Anaplan and HiBob. We encourage cameras on during video calls and have channels on Teams and Slack for both work-related and non-work-related communication. We also encourage regular meetups for working collaboration & brainstorming. One of our core Values is Teamwork, so it is critical that we have the right channels open to allow for collaboration.

Positive Vision of the Future

EMPLOYEES AT OUR COMPANY HAVE A POSITIVE VISION FOR THE FUTURE BECAUSE …

We have typically shared big picture strategies & vision with our employees at regular intervals throughout the year, e.g., Kick Offs, Quarterly Away Days, All Hands Calls, Fortnightly Roundups. However, this year we have gone a step further by sharing our 40-page detailed strategy playbook with the company also, so that they can see exactly what we are focused on and how we are progressing with our strategic actions throughout the year. We have done this for two key reasons: 1. It is important we’re all aligned on our strategic objectives 2. If we are clear on our strategic priorities + actions, we believe it will help our people to hang their own personal SMART objectives off those strategic actions. This document includes: our Vision, Mission, Purpose, our Strategic Objective, our Strategic & Opportunistic Territories, & our Detailed Strategies by Function.

Bedford is on an accelerated growth trajectory across EMEA, opening an additional eight branches in the last 18 months alongside our established UKI and German branches. We are seeking to expand into other EMEA countries before the end of the year, enabled by recent investment from Keensight Capital. Our close relationship with Anaplan and their recent takeover by Thoma Bravo has further solidified the confidence our employees have for achieving our vision to be the Number One Anaplan EMEA partner.

Company Respect

WE SHOW RESPECT AND ENSURE THAT ALL VOICES ARE HEARD AND IDEAS ARE VALUED THROUGHOUT THE COMPANY BY …

We are a very diverse and inclusive company, and we believe that all voices should be heard, and ideas listened too. Feedback is extremely important at Bedford, and we have many channels where employees can have a voice and be heard, from our fortnightly pulse surveys, our #asktheleadershipteam slack channel, our weekly Pod (team) meetings, monthly 121 catch ups with line managers etc. As a leadership team we review every piece of feedback monthly and use it to help improve as a business and keep our employees happy. We are also honest with our people and want to highlight how important their feedback is and that its heard, but also that we cannot action every item on the feedback list, rather explore the common trends for improvement and discuss. However, it is important that we are transparent on our thinking with them at all times, this is the most important aspect.

We like to celebrate our people and often ask them to contribute to blog posts and videos with their own opinions and ideas. A recent blog post which was very well received was our Pride blog, asking different employees what Pride means to them. We also ensure we acknowledge people’s different religious holidays and customs, and they celebrate these by posting photos and comments on our #sharethejoy slack channel. We also have an ‘Awareness Committee’ who meet monthly to discuss what our focuses should be in this area.

Company Support / Killer Outcomes

WE SUPPORT OUR EMPLOYEES IN ACHIEVING THEIR PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL GOALS BY …

To really foster and develop our people, we challenge ourselves to excel in the following three areas:

Bedford needs to be a great place for people to work, with a great culture and a clear vision for the future. A fun, open, safe and supportive environment where people feel like they can develop in their careers in the way that they want.

Progression & Development: Having a clear progression framework for every role within the business. Providing an annual training budget and training days for every employee to utilise to develop themselves. We also host monthly lunch and learns and have slack channels dedicated to knowledge sharing amongst the team. On top of their weekly Pod meetings and monthly 121’s where they discuss their work, objectives and development, we conduct formal bi-annual reviews where employees are set clear SMART objectives which form part of their personal development plan.

Remuneration package: we aim to be in the top quartile of similar size organisations in our space.

We ask not only the leaders in the organisation, but our aspiring leaders to foster a spirit of engagement and improvement within their teams.

Alignment of Values

OUR COMPANY’S VALUES ARE ALIGNED WITH OUR EMPLOYEES BECAUSE …

Everyone lives and breathes our Bedford values each and every day. ‘PITCH Quality’ is the acronym for our values of: Partnership with Anaplan; Innovation; Teamwork; Customer Focus; Humility and Quality.

We celebrate employees who showcase our values on our Thankyou Thursday slack channel, and employees nominate each other for our quarterly Value Champion’s award. (We had 234 nominations for our value champion’s award, which out of 75 employees highlights how aligned our employees are with our values!). We believe the successes we have as a business are down to the compounding effect of the consistency in our values over many years. The Bedford DNA is built every day, incrementally, and we can’t let up.

Company Practices / Love

PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES WE GIVE TO OUR EMPLOYEES THAT CREATE A LOVED WORKPLACE ARE …

We do a variety of things to create a workplace that our employees love, they include a fortnightly coffee roulette, where we randomly pair up everyone in the company and ask them to have a 15-minute coffee chat on non-work-related topics. This has been a huge successful during the last 2 years and the team love them.

In-person events are really important to our employees, especially given we are a remote first company and our teams span eight countries. We host a Bedford kick off meeting for the entire company at the start of our financial year, then functional away days at the end of the summer and local holiday celebrations in December. Our employees actively get together in their own time too, with payday pub visits, BBQ’s, tree planting and dropping in to visit each other on holidays.

We also have created Social Interest Groups, bringing people together remotely with similar interests and encouraging activities and challenges e.g., our cooking group sets themselves a challenge every fortnight, choosing two ingredients for the group to cook with, and uploading photos of their creations, which are very impressive!

Our most popular slack channel is #sharethejoy where we encourage people to share photos of the things, they are doing that bring them joy. It’s a wonderful way of finding out what people are like outside of work, with family, friends, pets, hobbies, events etc. all making an appearance.

To keep everyone in the know about what goes on in the company, we have a fortnightly All Hands video call hosted on Teams, and on the alternative week we put out a fortnightly round-up to keep people up to date and provide shout outs.

CEO Strengths

OUR CEO SERVES AS A MODEL OF OUR COMPANY VALUES BY …

Exhibiting our values every day. In a recent video, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NX73t6VhBc) Cathal Doyle (CEO) said what gets him up in the morning is the values that Bedford is founded on. One of Cathal’s personal goals for Bedford Consulting is to ensure that it remains a great place for people to work where the team feel challenged, supported, and inspired.

When a new joiner comes into the business, Cathal also spends time with them in week one to share the Bedford 14-year history/story and where our values/DNA our founded and how important it is to us. This helps to set the tone on the expectations and standards we expect from them, and to be human first.

Benefits

EXAMPLES OF UNIQUE BENEFITS, BONUS, OR COMPENSATION WE PROVIDE ARE …

We focus on the top quartile when compensating our employees, which then allows them the flexibility to decide how best to use their money to support their lifestyle.

The emotional and physical wellness of our employees is important to us, and we have an Employee Assistance Programme in place, which employees can utilise for free to access support for their mental and physical health, as well as getting legal and financial advice.

It is important to us that we have the right people working at Bedford who exhibit our values, we therefore have a referral scheme in place, where employees recommend those, they know for roles, and if they are successfully hired the employee is paid a referral fee. A third of our workforce has been hired through the referral scheme, which is testament to how much our employees enjoy working for us.

We believe we are among the market leaders on our parental leave schemes which is rare for companies of our scale.

It’s always nice to receive a gift, and we send seasonal company gifts to everyone, such as a picnic rucksack (complete with blanket and picnic crockery & cutlery) last summer, Christmas hampers and Easter eggs. In addition, line managers have budgets to purchase one off gifts for employees when appropriate such as wedding gifts/moving house gifts/ Baby gifts etc. or even just a thank you gift, if an employee has gone above and beyond. We also offer gifts for people’s milestones at the company (e.g., 1, 3, 5+ year milestones).

Our response to COVID-19

We turned into a ‘remote first’ company, now that we are allowed back into offices, we allow people to choose the working environment that works best for them, whether that is fully remote, hybrid or office based, it’s up to the employee to decide. We also ensured our physical offices comply with COVID rules, such as extra cleaning, installing hand sanitiser stations, and limiting capacity to ensure social distancing.

We implemented an Employee Assistance Programme to provide support and advice, including therapy sessions, financial information, legal advice, bereavement counselling etc.

To replace in-person socials we moved to remote socials, hosting quiz nights, charity events and even magic shows, allowing people to bring their families and pets onto the calls too.

One of the most important benefits we offer is flexible working, we care about the quality of work that is delivered, not how it’s delivered. Our employees can adapt their working hours to fit their own needs, there is no clock watching from Bedford.

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About the Company

We’re a company that enables businesses to connect their planning processes to make better, faster and more agile decisions and accelerate performance. We give businesses greater visibility and transparency using Anaplan.
Founded in 2008, we are a Gold Anaplan Partner and have been awarded Anaplan Partner of the year for EMEA for the past six consecutive years. Anaplan is a global cloud-based planning software company.

We specialise in project implementation, software sales, health assessments, user clinics, and training. We also offer a first-class care programme.

With more than 80 deep-domain technical experts across EMEA, we have delivered over 600 successful projects for 300+ customers, we have been at the forefront of connected planning technology since our inception.

As one of the first Anaplan partners in EMEA, we have been involved in implementations across all industries and areas of the business in some of the world’s largest companies.

Our offices are in London, Dusseldorf and Stockholm.

Company Headquarters

Headquarters location:

67 Wingate Square
Clapham
London

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Industry:

Professional Services

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Company CEO's name:

Cathal Doyle

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Number of employees:

0 - 1000

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