Quick facts
  • Year established:
    1993
  • Website:
    http://www.chessict.co.uk
  • Contact
    • Chess Ict, Bridgford House, Heyes Lane, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, United Kingdom, SK9 7JP

About Chess

Chess are one of the UK's leading telecoms, cyber security and ICT end to end solution providers, helping over 30,000 businesses grow through innovative technology and expert advice.

Keen for internal development and progression, Chess introduced a new initiative to encourage employees to develop their knowledge and skills and in doing so progress their careers at Chess. Called ‘Learn to Earn’ the initiative enables Chess employees to increase their earning potential by achieving clearly defined learning milestones.

People with no qualifications or lack of previous experience can get a fresh start at Chess. The organisation takes young people from the Prince's Trust on work placements and have also given them paid employment. Every quarter, Chess support with interview skills and mock interviews for the Prince's Trust with a welcome to work day.

Chess are proud to be flexible in supporting their employees with anything that may be impacting their life outside of work. After becoming aware that more employees deal with carer responsibilities in some way, Chess formed a group of 'carer champions' with a private forum on Microsoft Teams where they can share experiences and advice.

Chess operates an ‘ECO’ team to encourage environmentally friendly activities in the organisation, which have brought about a significant increase in waste recycling and reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill. They also operate a car share group on Yammer which supports employees in car sharing so they can travel between sites without impacting the environment.


What is it like to work for Chess

My Manager
My Manager
Every employee has a monthly 1-2-1 at Chess. This happens within the first 2 weeks of the month, it's a time to focus on what went well and discuss any challenges. Everyone scores their manager out of 5 on our engage tool. If this score is 3 or below this is addressed immediately, and measures put in place to support both the manager and the team member.
My Team
My Team
Chess hold a company wide conference in Manchester each year, which is a central location for all of their offices. Travel and accommodation for those who travel from the more distant offices are covered by the organisation. They hear inspirational speeches from Directors while people who have celebrated anniversary milestones or special achievements are recognised and an exciting holiday draw is made. It is is an opportunity for all teams at Chess to come together and get to know each other face to face.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
Chess continue to focus on reducing paper and plastic use across the organisation. There are recycling rotas at each site to ensure teams play their part.?

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here

Company Statistics

  • Earning £35,000+:

    24%

  • Staff Turnover:

    29%

  • Average Age:

    37

  • Staff:

    455

  • Male : Female:

    67% / 33%

  • UK sites:

    8

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