Allan Webb named a Top 100 Most Loved Workplace

Allan Webb Ltd (AWL) is delighted to have been named in Newsweek’s list of the ‘U.K.s Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces for 2022’, a result of the work the company has undertaken to ensure it creates a positive working environment in which our employees can thrive.

The list recognises companies that put respect, caring, and appreciation for their employees at the centre of their business model and, in doing so, have earned the loyalty and respect of the people who work for them.

“This is an exciting moment for Allan Webb Ltd” exclaimed Rory Lipington, Managing Director of AWL, “As a company, we’ve always prided ourselves on creating a positive and engaging working environment to maximise the potential of our amazing employees. It feels great for these efforts to be formally recognised alongside other great companies within the U.K.” 

The Assessment

Following an extensive review process in collaboration with the Best Practice Institute (BPI), a leadership development and benchmark research company, AWL was delighted to be certified at 92nd place in Newsweek’s first annual rankings. The 5 criteria used to gauge employee sentiment included:

  • How positive workers feel about their future at the company
  • Career achievement
  • How much employer values align with employee values
  • Respect at all levels
  • The level of collaboration at the firm 

In addition, areas such as inclusivity, diversity, equity and belonging, and company adaptability to the COVID-19 pandemic, were identified and analysed. The results were determined after surveying more than 1.4 million employees from businesses with workforces varying in size from 50 to more than 10,000 staff. Scores were weighted as follows:

  • 35% of the initial score was based on employee survey responses; 
  • 25% was derived from analysis of external public ratings sites 
  • 40% came from direct interviews with, and written responses from, company officials.

Our Culture

Allan Webb Ltd’s 200+ employees are our greatest asset. Combining a mix of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and promising young talent, we ensure that a dynamic, yet experienced, team helps drive our vision by providing an interactive, engaging and safe working environment.

We believe that our employee’s voices and wellbeing is vitally important to the success of AWL. We’ve established multiple avenues for employees to interact with senior management, through ventures such as company suggestion boxes, monthly manager meetings, biannual MD briefings and annual Professional Development Reviews to name but a few. In addition, Allan Webb employees can also take advantage of the myriad of benefits on offer:

  • 25 days paid holiday per year
  • An agile working environment
  • Opportunities to travel and work out of the office
  • Enrolment in company’s Brilliance Award Scheme – rewarding employees for positive external/internal feedback. 
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Access to the Perkbox discount service
  • 10 additional leave days for active reservists
  • Electric Car Scheme
  • Health & Wellbeing initiatives
  • Training & Further Studies support
  • Professional Fee funding
  • Discretionary Bonus
  • Annual Company Performance Bonus

Employees have regular opportunities to develop themselves professionally, the company provides frequent training opportunities, whether that is compliance, awareness of other departments, specific accredited training or continuous professional development. They also have the opportunity to attend our SME led training courses aimed towards the development of supportability engineering professionals within Defence and Industry. We also arrange specific training to ensure employees are equipped to carry out their roles successfully, which is undertaken with consideration for their personal and professional aims.

The culmination of our ongoing efforts has helped guarantee that our AWL family feels valued, which is reflected in repeated high scores in our annual employee satisfaction surveys, topping out at 80% over the past 4 years.

“We’re extremely pleased that we have been able to create and sustain a positive working culture that reflects our family-run origins,” stated Rory, “Our aim is to build upon the progress we have made to ensure Allan Webb remains an enticing place to work for years to come”.

For more Information


See the full Newsweek list of 2022’s Most Loved Workplaces here

See AWL’s complete review in Newsweek here 

About Newsweek

Newsweek is the modern global digital news organisation built around the iconic, over 85-year-old American magazine. Newsweek reaches 100 million people each month with its thought-provoking news, opinion, images, graphics, and video delivered across a dozen print and digital platforms. Headquartered in New York City, Newsweek also publishes international editions in EMEA and Asia.

About Best Practice Institute

Best Practice Institute is an award-winning leadership and organisation development center, benchmark research company, think tank, and solutions provider. BPI is the certifying body for Most Loved Workplace® and conducted the original research to create the model and criteria for becoming a Most Loved Workplace®. BPI’s research proves that Most Loved Workplaces® produce 3-4 times better customer service, employee performance, and retention than companies not loved by their employees.