Job satisfaction soars at Leyland SDM

Leading decorating and DIY specialist Leyland SDM has been named as one of the best companies to work for in the UK.

Job satisfaction and workplace happiness are at a record high at the company, an independent survey of colleagues has revealed.

Leyland SDM, which has 33 stores across London, was ranked ninth out of all retail businesses for Quarter 3 in the latest Best Companies report.

Leyland SDM collaborated with Best Companies to survey all of its 448 colleagues to gauge their opinions and views, with an impressive 93% response rate.

The company carries out the confidential survey annually and the results help to shape policy and strategy moving forward.

The results showed Leyland SDM has continued to improve on all aspects of its colleague engagement, with the business progressing from a ‘One to Watch’ ranking to 1 Star.

The business is also in the top 50 large companies to work for in London – and in the top 100 across the whole of the UK.

An impressive 72% of Leyland SDM colleagues said their workplace was “pleasant”, an increase of 7%.

Of those surveyed, 60% of respondents said they were highly engaged or highly satisfied in their job.

Cliff Rendell, HR Director at Leyland SDM, said: “The happiness, satisfaction and engagement levels of our colleagues is vitally important to us here at Leyland SDM as we strive to be one of the best businesses in London to work for.

“The Best Companies survey gives us a clear way to measure our progress in this area in a structured and confidential way.

“We’re absolutely delighted to progress to become a 1 Star business and to be ranked highly in the league tables.

“We have worked hard to improve our offering to colleagues and it is pleasing to see it paying off with almost three-quarters of our people telling us they are enjoying their work.

“There is still room for improvement and we will take time to analyse the survey responses and amend our policies where appropriate, with the goal of becoming a 2 Star business in the future.

“I’d like to extend my gratitude to all of the amazing people who make Leyland SDM what it is.”

Colleagues praised Leyland SDM’s community initiatives and wellbeing strategies, while 8% more people said they were happy with the leadership of the business than did in 2022.


A spokesperson for Best Companies said: “A 1 Star accreditation from Best Companies is a significant achievement that shows an organisation is taking workplace engagement seriously and signifies ‘very good’ levels of workplace engagement.”

Leyland SDM has become one of the most recognisable and trusted decorating and DIY retail brands in central London, with stores in some of the capital’s most prominent locations.

Its stores stock a comprehensive range of thousands of products across all ranges, including paint and decorating essentials, building materials, electrical fittings, tools, plumbing equipment, ironmongery and much more, all under one roof.

Some of the biggest and best-known DIY brands are available at Leyland SDM, including Farrow & Ball, Tesa, Bahco, Bosch, Purdy, Dulux Trade, Leyland Trade, Stanley, Ronseal and DEWALT.

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