AAB celebrates decade of Best Company status with top accreditation and place in The Sunday Times top 100 list

AAB's Graeme Allan and Karen Stewart with Nick Rodrigues, Supplements Editor from The Sunday Times.
AAB’s Graeme Allan and Karen Stewart with Nick Rodrigues, Supplements Editor from The Sunday Times.

Aberdeen-based accountancy firm Anderson Anderson & Brown has this year racked-up its tenth consecutive year as a Sunday Times ‘Best Company’ and its second in a row as one of the newspaper’s elite top 100 Best Companies To Work For List.

The past decade has seen the firm progress from ‘one-to-watch’ to this year securing maximum three-star accreditation, an achievement attained in a year that also sees the firm jump 17 places on the list having improved to 35 from 52 in 2016.

The significant gain follows responses from AAB employees to questions within the Best Companies engagement survey, which examines the ins-and-outs of company life and reveals how employees really perceive their work environment.

The firm achieved its highest ever score on the Best Companies’ survey, which is a result of the numerous different ways in which the firm engages with its employees.

2016 was a particularly busy year for AAB and included the exciting relocation of the firms offices to a new purpose-built complex at Prime Four Business Park which has enhanced opportunities for team work and collaboration across the office (as well as plenty of events being held for staff to get involved with) and the launch of several new diverse services which has given staff the opportunity to increase their knowledge and experience in specialist areas.

During 2016 AAB also launched the Anderson Anderson & Brown Charitable Initiative (AABi) which brings together all of the ways in which everyone at AAB invests in the communities in which they operate. AABi focuses on the five key areas of:- education, health and wellbeing, community and volunteering, fundraising and the environment. Since the launch staff have undertaken a day of volunteer leave with charities of their choosing and have engaged in numerous fundraising activities. There have also been plenty of sports and social events held throughout the year which staff at AAB have been involved with.

Graeme Allan, managing partner at AAB, said: “This is an outstanding achievement for our entire firm and we are delighted to have achieved the highest accreditation from Best Companies and be listed on The Sunday Times list for the second consecutive year. These accolades are purely because of our staff and how they feel about life at AAB and so it is humbling to know that we have created a firm where people are genuinely happy, engaged and feel valued.”

Karen Stewart, AAB’s chief human resources officer, added “we are constantly looking for new and creative ways to engage with our staff whilst also ensuring that they are achieving their full potential. Life at AAB is much more than what goes on in the office day-to-day and we are really proud of the fact that our staff also believe this and that they live the values of our firm and are proud to work for AAB.”

Jonathan Austin, CEO and founder of Best Companies, added: “The Best Companies three-star accreditation status represents extraordinary levels of engagement. Congratulations on the improvement from last year - it’s a great success which shows your organisation truly values you and it’s a real cause for celebration.”

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