The Sunday Times has ranked CloserStill Media Group in its list of the Top 100 Best Companies To Work For 2018.
The organiser also received special accolade for outstanding workplace engagement, at an awards ceremony on 21 February. It represents the only exhibition company in last 10 years to be recognised in the list.
Since its foundation in 2008, CloserStill has grown to include more than 30 events spanning the technology, healthcare and education sectors in the UK and international markets including the United States, Germany, France, Singapore and Hong Kong.
With 183 UK employees, the organiser runs a graduate scheme helping new talent to launch their career in the VIP delegate team before progressing to different arms of the organisation, whether within sales, marketing, or operations.
The initiative is so successful that a staggering 49 per cent of the company’s current UK-based employees started their CloserStill career through the graduate scheme. Each employee is given equity in the organisation, from the newest starter to the most senior members of the team.
Since early 2015, when the company was backed through private equity investor Inflexion’s Partnership Capital fund, its portfolio has tuned its focus to the expansion of its brands across key global markets.
CloserStill has also been named in The Sunday Times International Track 200 (2016/2017), which ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies in order of fastest growing international sales, as well as in The Financial Times FT1000 Index (2017), which named it the fastest growing exhibition organiser in Europe, with revenue growth of 184 per cent over the previous three years.