Yorkshire Water has won the top prize at Computer Weekly's Best Places to Work in IT Awards 2008. The company received its award during a ceremony at the Intercontinental on London's Park Lane on Friday 22 February, winning the Best of the Best award in the face of stiff competition.
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Alan Harrison, IT director at Yorkshire Water, said at the ceremony, "It's brilliant. We want to be the best and you can only do that by having great people and by giving them a place where they can flourish."
Yorkshire Water impressed the judges with its positive working environment. "There is an emphasis on helping IT staff understand the business activities and mindset," they said.
The company also encourages and provides time for staff to volunteer for community activities, such as a project to build 350 sustainable school gardens by 2010.
Best of the best: Yorkshire Water
Financial services: Norwich Union
Entertainment & leisure: Betfair
Banking: Britannia Building Society
Local government: North Warwickshire Borough Council
Central government: The Coal Authority
Manufacturing & engineering: Procter & Gamble
Non-profit sectors: Ashridge
Retail, wholesale & distribution: Sainsbury's
Business & professional services: Sweet & Maxwell
IT services suppliers: The Internet Group
IT software & hardware suppliers: Erudine
Construction, agriculture & mining: WSP Group
Emergency services: West Yorkshire Police
Travel: Virgin Atlantic
Utilities & telecoms: Yorkshire Water