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Equilibrium is fifth in The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For 2017

The firm was the highest-ranking wealth management company in the UK-wide list, as well as being the only north west-headquartered firm in the top 20.

Equilibrium Managing Partner Gaynor Rigby described being recognised by The Sunday Times as one of the best small companies to work for in the country as “fantastic”. She said: “To be named fifth in this prestigious Sunday Times list is an amazing achievement. It comes off the back of a momentous year for the company and puts us in the spotlight for all the right reasons. As you can imagine everyone here at Equilibrium is beaming from ear to ear – it’s a great feeling for the whole team.”

Gaynor, who collected the award from television presenter and journalist Ben Shephard at London events venue Battersea Evolution, added:

The wellbeing and happiness of everyone at Equilibrium is incredibly important to us. We’ve long recognised that if the people you work with don’t feel valued, or don’t feel as though they are being invested in, then it’s difficult for them to perform to the best of their abilities and enjoy their work.

In particular, The Times commended innovative working practices within the organisation, investment in staff learning, development and wellbeing and how company values are embodied by senior staff.

Organisers of the awards said: “Breakfast every morning ensures that employees are raring to go at this wealth management company after a chat over coffee and bagels. Then, at the end of the day, the office is locked at 6pm to make sure nobody works late.

"The company believes that as well as keeping clients happy, employees should enjoy their own lives too. Benefits include a games room and a ‘spirit team’ who arrange fun events including quizzes, barbecues, family days and Halloween treats, and everybody gets at least 33 days of holiday a year."

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