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The Entertainer features in The Sunday Times top 50 best mid companies to work for


The Entertainer has ranked 49th in the Sunday Times Best 100 Mid Companies 2019 to work for following the Best Companies Employee Engagement Questionnaire that took place towards the end of last year.

The survey, which reviews eight engagement factors including how employees feel about their personal growth, team, wellbeing and the company in general generates a BCI (Best Company Index) score for companies before placing them in the top 50 best mid companies to work for.

In 2018, The Entertainer ranked at 69th but this year has climbed 20 places. Reasons for this include the company’s involvement in charitable activities such as Payroll Giving, the access that employees have to the board of directors and training modules that link to pay increases.

Other perks of working at The Entertainer include a competitive holiday allowance, strong maternity leave offering, and designated social space called ‘The Lunchbox’ where staff can relax and enjoy lunch together. In addition, the company has extended stress and resilience training to managers at Head Office to help build awareness and give managers more capacity to deal with emotional illness and mental health issues.

Gary Grant, Founder and Executive Chairman of The Entertainer comments, “It’s hugely important for us that our employees enjoy working for The Entertainer which is why we continually review how we can improve their experience, by responding to feedback and introducing new initiatives where possible. We pride ourselves on being a company that encourages employees to explore their potential with the support they need and couldn’t be happier to see the increase in our BCI score which only goes to show how happy our employees are.”

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About the Entertainer

The Entertainer was founded in 1981 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire by husband and wife team, Gary and Catherine Grant, who instilled the driving force and mission; to be the best-loved toyshop – one child, one community at a time. Today, it continues to be a privately-owned company and is renowned for being the largest independent toy retailer in the UK with a total of 145 stores.

As well as a strong High Street presence, The Entertainer has a successful website platform (TheToyShop.com) which offers a 30-minute click and collect service and has 22 million visits annually and growing. The Entertainer is also recognised for its charitable giving. Each year it tithes 10% of its net annual profit to charity, in addition employees are encouraged to donate directly through Payroll Giving. The Entertainer is also an active member of the Pennies scheme, the digital upgrade of the traditional charity box, which enables customers to donate a few pence to charity at the point of sale when paying by card. On average, this generates £5,000 of customer donations to Children’s hospitals each week. The Entertainer currently employs over 1200 staff across the stores and a further 160 in the Head Office in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

The Entertainer was awarded Specialist Multiple Toy Retailer of the Year and, Overall Toy Retailer of the Year in the Toy Industry Awards. The Entertainer was also ranked 49th in the prestigious Sunday Times “100 Best Companies to work for” in 2019.