A veterinary practice in Coventry has been named as Britain’s most flexible small business, due mostly to an understanding attitude to staff needs.
Broad Lane Vets has 40 staff, including veterinary surgeons, nurses and administrative and support staff, many of whom are allowed to either work flexible hours or part-time. This allows one member of staff to follow her love for sport, with Stephanie Johnston also working as captain of the Scottish Women’s Rugby team, and a vet who carries out voluntary work in Mongolia.
A competition to find the most flexible small businesses gave the title to Broad Lane Vets after reviewing more than 20,000 small businesses. Karen Mattison, co-founder of Timewise, said ‘the aim of the competition was to debunk the outdated myth that flexible working is the enemy of small business.’
Ms Mattison put forward the argument that flexible working hours for small business staff often makes sense. The idea is that such consideration of how people need to build work around their lives means that small businesses who operate flexible working hours are able to attract core talent. Broad Lane Vets seem to be setting a good example, for they can boost a high staff retention and a happy, positive workforce.
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