Employee-owned Altar become first Tayside business to be named a Great Place to Work

The firm will now be considered for certification as one of the UK’s best workplaces.

January 9, 2024

Broughty Ferry business ALTAR Group is an integrated marketing, design and digital agency. The company became employee -owned in 2021 and employs 30 staff.

It operates design studio Avian, web design company Blue2 Digital and public relations firm Ginger PR

It is one of only 17 companies in Scotland to achieve Great Place to Work accreditation.

ALTAR impressed the Great Place to Work organisation to earn the award.

Vicki Anderson, director of finance and operations, Altar, said: “Our people are our biggest asset. They drive our business forward and their creative skills and talents are our USP.

“That’s why it makes complete sense to look after them and provide a working environment we can all be proud of.

“We are committed to creating an environment where everyone can thrive, contribute and find fulfilment in their work.

“No workplace will ever be perfect but we are confident we have created a working platform that empowers our employees to produce outstanding results for our clients.”

Ms Anderson said the move to employee ownership had given staff more of a say in how the business is run.

She added: “Their voices are heard and there is complete transparency over our financial results, with a fully approachable management team.

“This is just the beginning for ALTAR. We are using the feedback we received from our application to implement improvements that will make this an even better place to work.”

The group is living wage accredited, with employees also benefitting from tax-free profit-share bonuses as part of the employee ownership trust set-up.

ALTAR and Blue2 director Nial Chapman said: “We’ve worked incredibly hard on creating a culture that inspires our people.

“If you have a happy workplace and care about your people, you significantly increase your chances of operating a successful business.”