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.

Matrix Networks has been awarded a 2-star accreditation and recognised as ‘Outstanding’ in its commitment to workplace engagement, in the 2019 ‘Best Companies to Work For’ survey.

The accreditation has been awarded based on feedback provided by the Company’s employees and is the second highest of four levels of workplace engagement, representing organisations which are striving for the top.

Surveys were issued earlier this year by Best Companies to Matrix Networks’ employees based at its three offices in Northampton, Slough and Warrington. 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 Best Companies Index (BCI) score.

BCI scores generated through the process are compiled by Best Companies and ranked for inclusion in ‘The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For’ lists, to be published in the new year

“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.”

Matrix Networks will have to wait until the new year to find out if it’s successfully made it on to either the regional or national Best Companies to Work For lists. The results are due to be published in The Sunday Times and other partnering media outlets in February 2019.

 

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  • Matrix Networks recognised in fifth edition of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report
  • Identifies fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) across the UK
  • Matrix Networks is an industrial and commercial multi-utility Independent Connections Provider (ICP), servicing developers, main contractors and consultants across the UK.

Matrix Networks has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses across the UK.

To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers. More detail on the methodology can be found in the report online at www.1000companies.com.

Matrix Networks was founded by Chris Mann in 2006. As an entrepreneur with the passion and aspiration to offer something which was lacking in the market, Chris felt commercial developers and contractors weren’t getting the level of service they needed or deserved from the larger utility connections suppliers. He recognised an opportunity to make a difference and he did something about it. Fast forward a decade and through hard work, commitment and an aspiration to succeed, Matrix Networks now operates out of three UK offices, directly employs more than 60 staff and is enjoying phenomenal year on year growth, with a turnover fast-approaching £25million.

Chris Mann Matrix Networks CEO and Founder said: “Between the four walls of our offices and throughout the referrals and recommendations we receive from our valued clients, we’re proud of our Company. But it means something quite different when an independent review – an assessment of the facts and probable opportunity for our business has been recognised by an organisation with such prestige as the London Stock Exchange Group.

“We’re immensely proud to have been identified as one of the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain in 2018. It is an enormous honour to be listed in this Report and I very much hope it does inspire others as they strive to achieve their own aspirations in business.”

Nikhil Rathi,CEO, London Stock Exchange Plc, added: “We warmly congratulate all of the companies identified in this year’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report. Five years on, the report continues to demonstrate the strength and diversity of British businesses across the country. These dynamic companies are the backbone of our economy, playing an important role in the UK’s ability to innovate, export and grow. This report is a significant part of London Stock Exchange Group’s broader campaign to support UK high growth companies. We are committed to championing British businesses and Britain’s dynamic entrepreneurial spirit.”

A full searchable database of all of the companies along with a downloadable pdf of the publication can be found online at www.1000companies.com

As a responsible and compliant Independent Connections Provider (ICP), Matrix Networks has updated its Authorisation Procedures for direct labour and subcontractors involved in the construction of gas, electric and water works on behalf of the Company.

The update follows a similar process which was carried out for its Supplier and Subcontractor Approval Procedure earlier this year, with the objective of ensuring all works are carried out effectively and only by authorised personnel.

Specifically, the updated Procedure aims to:

  • Ensure all staff and operatives working on Matrix Networks’ contracts are competent
  • Properly identify responsible persons for each activity
  • Ensure the right information is available at the time it’s needed
  • Remove any duplication of effort
  • Simplify Matrix Networks’ delivery procedures where possible
  • Ensure Matrix Networks is consistently compliant with NERS, GIRS and WIRS requirements.

As part of the Authorisation Procedure review, Matrix Networks has also updated its Subcontractor Approval Guidance Note and Operative Application Forms which cover all aspects of its work across electrics, civils, gas and water.

Mark Rostron, Matrix Networks Standards Engineer, has been responsible for the delivery of this project. He said: “Our business is successful because we set our standards high. It’s our responsibility when working on a contract to ensure every single member of our team, whether directly employed by us or not, meets those standards and works to the same, shared objective of working competently, safely and efficiently to bring a development to life.

“Our new Authorisation Procedures have taken immediate effect and over the coming weeks and months, we will ensure all of our suppliers and subcontractors are working in accordance with the new system, enabling us to provide complete peace of mind for our clients.”

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.

Wendy Andrews, a commercial and legal professional with more than two decades of experience in the construction industry, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of utility infrastructure provider Matrix Networks.

Promoted tothe role of Commercial Director, Wendy’s appointment marks the first time a woman has held a Board-level position at the Warrington-based business, since it was founded by Chris Mann in 2006. In taking up her new role, Wendy also joins a growing number of female professionals who are making their mark in senior level appointments in construction – currently at 16%, having risen from just 6% in 2005. (Source:Randstad 2015 Women in Construction Report)

As Commercial Director, Wendy will combine her previous client-side experience of the construction industry, with the specialist knowledge of the utilities sector which she has gained over the past six years working for Matrix Networks. What further qualifies Wendy for her new role however, is her law degree – providing the unique skill set combination which the Company requires for the Commercial Director position.

Commenting on Wendy’s appointment, Matrix Networks’ Managing Director Rob Sparkes, said: “The role of Commercial Director is a challenging one, but having worked with Wendy for a number of years, I know she fits the bill perfectly. She’s not only well qualified for the position but, fundamental to Matrix Networks, Wendy understands our customers and I know she’ll be an asset to our Board and the future of our business.”

Matrix Networks employs more than 60 staff at its three offices in Warrington, Northampton and Slough. Its business model is built around meeting the specific needs of customers and delivering a level of service which may not be experienced through working with some of the larger utility suppliers. In taking this approach the business continues to enjoy success, working with many of the UK’s largest commercial developers and main contractors to complete major multi-utility projects. In the last 12 months alone, it has increased its turnover by 20%.

Wendy added: “Matrix Networks is a business which is forward-thinking and focused on customer service. That’s what differentiates us from our competitors and working client-side for almost 20 years has given me a thorough understanding of the expectations of our customers.  I hope to be able to bring this insight to Board-level discussions and as the only woman on the Board, communicate a positive message about Matrix Networks’ commitment to the future of the construction industry.”

Wendy joins Board members Rob Sparkes (Managing Director), Matt Sanderson (Finance Director), Neil Walsh (Operations Director) and Paul Beck (Sales Director).