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Flexible firm Love Energy Savings is to launch free yoga classes for staff as part of their commitment to workplace happiness

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Phil Foster
The Bolton-based price comparison service, which specialises in securing cheaper energy tariffs for businesses, say they’ll incorporate yoga into their existing weekly fitness sessions.
That’s on top of giving their 220-strong team free fruit and free access to the company gym.
The announcement also comes after they recently implemented a new staff incentive scheme which sees them dishing-out monthly prizes for good performance.
Love Energy Savings Managing Director Phil Foster even takes the fitness classes himself.
He said: “We’re not perfect, and there are always things we can improve upon, but we take the health and wellbeing of our staff seriously and we like to think we go the extra mile.
“I’m a huge believer in investing in staff, as we’re simply dead without them.
“And as such we’ve been holding free fitness classes once, sometimes twice, per week in the on-site gym.
“We’ll now also look to incorporate yoga classes, too, in a bid to get more people interested in coming along and taking part.
“We’ve also made nutritional meals available in our on-site cafe, free fruit, and staff nights out because if our staff are happy that happiness transmits straight down the phone to our customers.”
As for Phil’s own involvement in the fitness regime at Love Energy Savings, the qualified ‘Level 1 Personal Trainer’ laughs: “I take the fitness classes myself.
“It’s really taken off, and it’s a brilliant way of engaging with employees.
“Sometimes staff from the Service centre and from the Operations department will come together for the first time.
“To work up a sweat with each other in the gym is a great way of forging good working relationships – and that helps the entire company.
“Most of all, the fitness classes are good fun. Long may that continue.”
That commitment to the workforce appears to be paying off.
On the popular website ‘Glassdoor’ – where employees and former employees can post anonymous reviews about a company and their management – Love Energy Savings currently has a rating of 4.8 out of 5.
A further 93% would ‘Recommend’ the job to a friend, while Phil himself has an impressive 99 per cent approval rating.
Phil adds: “Our rating should be at that level, because we treat our staff well and we like to give them the best development we can so they keep improving.”
Third Party Intermediaries like Love Energy Savings typically have a high turnover of employees.
But Phil and his team have sought to tip the odds back in their favour by adopting a strategy where all newcomers are put through a two-week, classroom-based training course when they initially join.
Phil reveals: “We want to avoid situations where staff are underperforming because they’re simply not sure what they should be doing. This way, staff have the confidence to really hit the ground running.”
In 2012 LES employed 70 members of staff. That figure now stands at over 200.
The firm also recently celebrated its 5,000th customer review on the website Trustpilot, where it boasts a ‘TrustScore’ of 9.6 out of 10 and the full five stars.
Their customers save, on average, around £1,046 per year and LES is on course to hit 80,000 individual business contracts in 2018 – up on last year’s total of 50,000 contracts.
Meanwhile turnover is on course to almost double in two years – going from £12,774,933 in 2016 to a forecasted £19,750,864 in 2018.