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Insurance innovator breaks the mould with happiest workforce in the UK

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Simply Business

Simply Business

26 February 2016

Simply Business wins sought after title again through dedication to innovation.

Simply Business has topped the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For list once again following a comprehensive judging process of employee satisfaction in over a thousand UK firms. CEO Jason Stockwood also won the award for Best Leader.

Launched in 2005, Simply Business has spent the last eleven years disrupting the insurance sector through the application of technology, innovative thinking and championing their sole traders and small business customers at every turn.

Expanding rapidly in both its London and Northampton offices, Simply Business has grown to 350 employees and insures 350,000 small businesses nationwide. It has been a Sunday Times Tech Track 100 company for the past three years and was recently named in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA.

The business has been led by Jason Stockwood since 2010, during which time he's lead a philosophy that's built an engaged workforce that benefits everyone, from customers to investors. Stockwood has a history of working in disruptive online businesses including and and has grown the Human Resource and Learning and Development teams from 5 to almost 15 in four years.

The premium placed on employee engagement has been vital to the growth of the business and the initiatives that the team has implemented span everything from health to maternity leave to charity efforts.

Jason Stockwood, CEO of Simply Business comments: “When I joined Simply Business in 2010, I knew something very special could be achieved here. I saw its raw potential, all that it required was a bit of direction. It’s a fact of modern business that by investing in a happy, engaged workforce you’re also investing in your customers. Getting it right internally is good for everybody, including the SMEs buying our products.

“Six years on we have grown from 130,000 to 350,000 small business customers and the workforce has doubled in size. This has only been possible by making every single member of the team feel empowered to achieve their full potential. I’m proud that Simply Business is the ‘Best Company to Work For’ for the second year running and hope that our approach to people management will encourage other businesses to think harder about their employees’ satisfaction and wellbeing.”

A snapshot of the benefits of working at Simply Business:

Work-life balance

  • Flexible working hours
  • Working from home
  • Sabbaticals
  • Permission to auto delete all emails on annual leave


  • Maternity leave programme for easy reintegration for mothers
  • Child care vouchers
  • Increased paid adoption leave to 12 weeks
  • Introduced 12 weeks paid shared parental leave

Charitable contribution:

  • Dedicated IMPACT team to manage CRS and charity work
  • A time bank, available to all employees, allowing 100 days to be used as charitable giving days
  • 10-year partnership with Whizz-Kidz to raise enough funding to clear the Whizz-Kidz waiting list for vital mobility equipment in Northamptonshire and London.


Notes to Editors

Interviews with Jason Stockwood, CEO, available on request.

For further information, please contact:

Clare Dodd

020 7199 2204

[email protected]

About Simply Business

Simply Business is one of the UK’s biggest business insurance providers, specialising in public liability insurance for SMEs and insuring over 600,000 small businesses and landlords across Britain.

Launched in 2005, Simply Business provides an online brokerage service, delivering policies tailored to individual business requirements. Using the power of tech and data to create the best possible customer experiences, Simply Business employs over 600 people across offices in London, Northampton, and Boston in the US.

Owing to its internal underwriting capability, Simply Business can cover over 1,000 trade types – ranging from plumbers to accountants to dog walkers. An accredited B Corp for their positive social impact, Simply Business has also been voted the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For twice in a row.

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