COUNTY communications agency DRPG has earned 16th position in the prestigious Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For list.

Last year the group made the move from the small company category in to the medium to large category and reached an eight-year high of 29th.

This year sees them improve on that position as voted for by the Best Companies organisation which compiles the list on behalf of the Sunday Times.

The workplace engagement specialists assess participating companies on factors such as job security, faith in team leadership and belief that the business provides a great service to clients.

The results were announced at a gala dinner and ceremony hosted by BBC TV presenter Dan Walker held at Battersea Evolution and attended by 1400 guests.

Celebrating a milestone anniversary year, DRPG boasts a 40 year history of putting its people first, investing heavily in their wellbeing, training, reward and recognition as reflected by their new elevated Best Companies accreditation status.

Group CEO Dale Parmenter has always maintained a family feel within the company which was started as a one-man operation in 1980 and has grown to a 330+ strong team today.

Mr Parmenter said: “It is an honour to be included in the list and to have got to 16th position is a testament to the tireless dedication of our close-knit team. We couldn’t have got this far without every single person who makes up our organisation so this is a great celebration of them and the work we have achieved together.

"It is proof that we do not just pay lip service to improving our team’s working environment throughout the year, it is a core driver in our business strategy, and it is great to receive recognition of our hard work in this area.

“For us the Best Companies list is a fantastic way to hold ourselves accountable for maintaining and improving our engagement levels.”

Jonathan Austin, CEO and founder of Best Companies, said: “I would like to congratulate DRPG on your achievement.

"Organisations like DRPG 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."