[Cosatto awarded 2nd in great places to work] Cosatto have done it. Again. Their HQ is officially the 2nd best place to work in the whole UK. Of course it is. This is the brand on a mission to Save the World from Boring Baby Stuff after all – and their celebratory pattern and revolutionary ethos start at home. Yes there’s an indoor slide and giant beanbags that could swallow an elephant, yes there’s a gym, ping pong and state of the art fittings, but that’s just the physical environment. The whole place runs on pattern and passion. From revolutionary work/life balance ethic to a values system based on respect and understanding, small wonder there’s an inspirational vibe as soon as you walk in the unassuming doors. Why Cosatto are unique and why they won 2nd place in the Great Places To Work Awards 2016: * Andrew Kluge is the man who started it all. From an enterprising 16 year old with a sewing machine, to CEO of one of the most successful pushchair brands in Europe. This guy’s something of a visionary. He’s just won ‘Most Trusted Leadership’ award too. * They have an office slide from one floor to another. No more stairs. Need we say more. [Cosatto slide] Slide @ Cosatto HQ * Every year one lucky employee is granted their ‘once in a lifetime’ dream, voted for by the whole company. Past crazy stuff includes a Cosatto style wedding (think ‘real’ unicorns and fox tails) cycling in the Alps and climbing Everest. [Cosatto Don't Tell The Bride wedding] Cosatto Don’t Tell The Bride * Every quarter, staff get the chance to win ‘Once in a Lunchtime’ – with smaller scale prizes such as baking macaroons in Paris to jumping out of planes. No biggie. * They are a charitable business and give a percentage of their profits to a different employee’s charity of choice each month. Last month they raised £2,247 for the Child Bereavement UK charity. [Cosatto_ChildBereavementUK-1] Mark Swift presenting the cheque to Child Bereavement UK * Monthly award ceremonies where staff nominate superstar employees. It’s always a long list too. Prizes include Prosecco, chocolates, charity donations and of course the original Cosatto superstar badge. [IMG_5317] Cosatto badges * ‘Fruity Mondays’ see endless grapes and bananas delivered into the office giving staff their zest for life. * From multi award-winning products to coveted business awards including ‘Great Places to Work’ and ‘Responsible Business Award’ – the trophy room’s been showing off big time. * Street parties on our very own Kluge Lane with all Cosatto staff and our local friends, with activities that include visits to Mystic Meg, Dunk a Director and Coconut Shy. [dunking a director] Dunk a director – Cosatto’s Andrew Kluge! The family friendly atmosphere combined with a results-oriented culture of individual responsibility and freedom to work when/where they want, has empowered staff. It has only served to increase their passion and performance further. “I have never worked for a company that is so open to sharing, which is credit to our CEO and his nature to inspire people through honest motivation and sharing’ – A happy Cosatto bod. One of many. Long may it continue.