Amara Named 45th in The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work for List

Since Amara’s creation twelve years ago it has been the dream of founders Sam & Andrew Hood for the company to appear in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for List, and in early February 2017 this dream became a reality. Along with customer satisfaction, one of Amara’s key focuses year in, year out is staff satisfaction which can be seen clearly on the Amara Blog through our outstanding staff parties, events and charity fundraising.

Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For

To meet the entry requirements for the first rung on the revered list we had to wait until Amara had grown to over fifty staff before we could enter the prestigious Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For awards. Meeting the requirements comfortably for the first time in 2016, it was decided that this was our year to enter for a chance to be a part of the lists.

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Say Hello to Customer Services Advisor Carrie!

Here at Amara we pride ourselves on having an award winning customer service department, answering questions from all over the globe, the team do a fantastic job at making sure our customers are left happy. This week we get to know one of their newest team members Carrie…

What were you doing before you joined Amara?
I was an Optical Assistant and had secured a place at university to become a Dispensing Optician but decided that that wasn’t for me!

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Wildlife Watch at Amara

It’s no secret that the Amara offices are nestled quietly within the depths of the Essex countryside. Occasionally you’ll hear the odd complaint of narrow country roads and restricted phone service, but mostly people enjoy the picturesque setting in which we reside.

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A few members of the team have gradually become drawn in by the near surrounding area and, it seems, a wildlife watch has been set up by a select few environmentally friendly individuals. Bird feeders have been purchased and set up outside of the window, complete with bird species chart to really get clued up on the visitors.

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Introducing Lucy to Amara!

With the team growing just that little bit bigger, it’s time for another introduction post on The Amara Blog. Keeping the Amara finances in check, Finance Manager Lucy Clarke joined the team a few months back and we take five minutes to find out a little more about her.

What were you doing before you joined Amara?
Before joining Amara I was working as a Finance Manager in a local re-manufacturing SME.

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Farleigh Hospice Donation

It’s no secret that Amara loves to support a charity or two where they can and a few weeks ago it was decided that any leftover items from the staff seconds sale would be donated for a charitable cause. Any Amara items that were deemed unsuitable for sale and didn’t get sold in the staff event were donated to a local hospice to help them raise those all-important funds.

Farleigh Hospice is based in Essex and provides hospice care to people affected by life limiting illnesses. The hospice relies heavily on donations and the generosity of the public and aim to give care tailored to individual needs and situations.

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Say Hello to Lucy

Quickly becoming a familiar face around the Amara office, Office Assistant Lucy busies herself with the daily running of Amara HQ. Be it answering telephone enquiries, refilling the Snack Shack or helping visitors, we take five minutes to get to know one of Amara’s newer recruits.

What were you doing before you joined Amara?
After graduating university, I worked as a Sales Assistant at Next.

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