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  • Writer's picturePaul Andrews

HE Simm Group Amongst Most Loved!


HE Simm Group, one of the UK’s leading privately-owned Engineering & Services firms, has been awarded a place in the prestigious Sunday Times Best Places to Work list for 2023.


Announced today (12th May) online, the list recognises companies in numerous categories for their commitment to being a fantastic place to work. HE Simm Group has secured its place in the ‘big’ employers’ category for companies which employ between 250 and 1,999 people. In fact, the company has been recognised as one of the top 40 most loved companies in the UK.


PizzaExpress, Fat Face, and David Lloyd Leisure have been ranked in the top 10 best employers in the ‘very big organisation’ category, while Octopus Energy, Churchill Retirement Living and HE Simm Group were ranked as some of the best ‘big’ employers. EasyJet Holidays and Better Placed were celebrated in the medium and small organisation categories, respectively – amongst others.


Gareth Simm, third generation family member, one of four grandchildren of the founder who work within the Group, and the company’s Chief Executive Officer, comments on the Sunday Times Award: “We are absolutely blown away that we have made this prestigious list. Having said that, it is a fitting tribute to everything that we have focused on over the years to ensure our culture is one of the best!”


“Being recognised in this list in our 75th Anniversary year makes me very proud, and I am sure my grandfather would be too.”


“It is very important to me, my wider Simm family and our Executive team that we look after our people, that they are happy to come to work every day and that our culture and the values that we live by help us to attract, recruit and retain talent.”


This year marks the 75th Year of incorporation of HE Simm. The business – which is now highly regarded as one of the leading engineering and services firms in the UK – was set up in 1948 by Ernie Simm, off the back of him buying George Hockenhall Plumbing in Liverpool with a loan of £200.


Ernie, shortly afterwards, renamed the company ‘HE Simm’ in honour of his father Harold Edgar. Since then, it has expanded to deliver specialist Mechanical, Electrical & Public Health (MEP) services to both long-standing and new customers nationwide. In more recent times, it brought all its Group companies together – under the banner of the HE Simm Group to offer a complete engineering and services package to its customers.


It now offers MEP, fire & security installation, maintenance, offsite manufacture and H&S consultancy services to customers in sectors including residential, commercial, education, healthcare and custodial – to name but a few.


Chris Longcroft, EVP Publisher, The Times and The Sunday Times, said: “The Sunday Times Best Places to Work awards recognise companies that create a happier and fulfilling working environment for all, by fostering engagement from their teams, yielding great business and performance in return. Wishing all of those companies who made the grade this year many congratulations.”


Lord Mark Price, Founder of WorkL, said: “Many Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Sunday Times Best Places to Work, powered by WorkL. You should be very proud of your achievement of being recognised as one of the very best places to work in the UK. I have little doubt that these awards will help with both retention of your existing employees and drive recruitment of the best candidates into your organisations in the year ahead.”

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