Matrix Networks teams across Northampton, Slough and Warrington are celebrating National Best Companies to Work for Day today (Friday 1stMarch), after receiving a 2-star accreditation in the 2019 ‘Best Companies to Work For’ survey.

The utility infrastructure business was ranked as a company with ’Outstanding levels of workplace engagement’ – this was based on its Best Companies Index (BCI) score from the Best Companies survey, measuring how engaged people are at work and how they feel about their employer.

Surveys were issued in late 2018 by Best Companies to Matrix Networks’ employees based at its three offices and the results of this feedback, which were received from 76% of invitees, were then considered alongside information gathered about the business, to determine an overall BCI score.

“This is the first time we’ve taken part in a national employee engagement survey and we’re immensely proud to have achieved a 2-star accreditation,” said Rob Sparkes, Matrix Networks Managing Director. “As we said in our submission, we employ people who have the right skills to do the job, but it’s equally important that they’re a good match for the culture of our business.

“We like to think we’re a good company to work for, so it’s nice to know our employees agree and so does this national accreditation body.”

Jonathan Austin, CEO & Founder of Best Companies, added: “I would like to congratulate Matrix Networks on its achievement. Best Companies has been producingthe Accreditation standard since 2006 to acknowledge excellence in the workplace. Organisations like Matrix Networks have continued to focus on their employees and have been rewarded with an engaged workforce who tell us that this is a best company to work for.”

In addition to the Best Companies Accreditation, Matrix Networks was independently recognised in 2018 by the London Stock Exchange Group in its ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report. The Company is also shortlisted as a finalist in the 2019 Construction News Specialist Awards as ‘Specialist Contractor of the Year (Turnover up to £25m)’.

Matrix Networks is an industrial and commercial multi-utility Independent Connections Provider (ICP), servicing UK developers, main contractors, and consultants. The Company is accredited under CHAS and Altius, as well as Lloyd’s Register WIRS, GIRS and NERS schemes.

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Independent Connections Provider (ICP) Matrix Networks has started 2019 with some positive news, achieving certification for the first time under Quality Management System ISO9001: 2015.

The ISO standards specifically for quality management and environmental systems are key to Matrix Network’s work in the utility infrastructure industry, where contractors can be severely penalised for not demonstrating due diligence. This new certification proves how seriously the ICP takes quality and is keen to see standards raised across its industry sector.

As stated by the ISO, 9001 is a standard based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, and the motivation and implication of top management. These are two areas in which Matrix Networks strives to excel and principles on which the Company was founded. In the auditors’ report, Matrix Networks was noted as a company which: “…has the advantage of a very experienced SHEQ department, which has enabled them to produce a strong and mature quality management system, which is advanced for the industry.”

In preparation for its audit, Matrix Networks reviewed quality performance across the business, paying particular attention to its engagement with subcontractors. Davina Reilly, Matrix Networks SHEQ Manager, said: “By working through the ISO process we wanted to show our stakeholders that we take quality seriously. As part of our preparation work we improved our subcontractor control processes and set up new internal audit and inspection procedures. As a result, our auditor commended our use of Work Packs and Risk Assessment & Method Statements (RAMS), helping to ensure consistent quality management practices for personnel working in the field.”

Under ISO guidelines, a surveillance audit will now be carried out for Matrix Networks’ business operations each year, with a recertification audit in three years’ time.

Rob Sparkes, Matrix Networks Managing Director, added: “Achieving our ISO9001:2015 certification is further confirmation for us that we’re heading in the right direction. Over the past six months, we’ve been recognised by three different awarding bodies who have recognised our future potential, our employee engagement and the specialist service we provide to the construction industry.

“My thanks go to our SHEQ team for their commitment to taking us through the ISO process, and to all our employees for their continued dedication and hard work.”

Matrix Networks is an industrial and commercial multi-utility Independent Connections Provider (ICP), servicing UK developers, main contractors, and consultants. The Company is accredited under CHAS and Altius, as well as Lloyd’s Register WIRS, GIRS and NERS schemes.