AMBITIOUS: a Sunday Times Best Place to Work

13th May 2024

AMBITIOUS has claimed one of the highest employer brand accolades in the country. Having been named on the Sunday Times Best Places to Work in 2024.

The Bristol-based strategic communications agency has been featured in this year’s Small Business category, which features businesses with a headcount of 10 – 49 employees. The Best Place to Work rankings are unlike any other, as The Sunday Times and WorkL analyse employee survey data from 70,000 organisations to create the final list.

Lis Anderson, founder and director at AMBITIOUS said: “AMBITIOUS was founded as an agency where culture always matters and where values are more than words on a page.”

“This is an achievement that’s been in our sights for a long time, but 2024 was the first year that we’ve entered. To make the grade at our first attempt really backs up everything that we’ve been doing to build our culture.”

For a business to make it onto the final list of best places to work, teams must answer 26 questions, developed by behavioural scientists, data analysts, psychologists, business leaders and academics to monitor employee engagement, well-being and discretionary effort most accurately in the workplace.

The business must achieve high engagement scores across a six-step framework, covering reward and recognition, instilling pride, information sharing, empowerment, well-being and job satisfaction.

Based on Oakfield Road in Clifton, Bristol, AMBITIOUS scored an ‘excellent’ rating within each of these categories. Achieving an overall engagement rate score of 90%, which was 16% higher than the average score.

Within the categories, AMBITIOUS scored 91% for Confidence in Management, way above the 74% global average. The data also showed that, globally, 41% have a high chance of leaving within nine months. AMBITIOUS rating within this category was 0% as Lis adds:

“Ensuring the team is happy and healthy is so important, particularly when you’re scaling. We don’t want to lose sight of our founding principles and values. Personally, and professionally, I couldn’t be happier! Is it a high bar, yes. But is it a high bar that is worth setting… absolutely.”

AMBITIOUS is an independent strategic communications agency. Based in Bristol, but with a national and international reach, AMBITIOUS helps clients find, engage and grow audiences.

In an ever-changing world, AMBITIOUS unlocks insights for organisations that shape ideas to build and amplify brand awareness and protect business reputations.

Its dynamic, strategic and trusted team of communication and creative experts span property, construction & built environment, tech, financial & professional services, pharma & healthcare, education, public sector, and sustainability.

From print and digital PR to communications strategy, media training, social media and content services – it connects clients to the conversations that matter.

Female-founded, owned, and run, AMBITIOUS celebrated its first decade in business in 2022.



AMBITIOUS by name and by nature, we are a PR led communications agency that delivers integrated strategic communications - online, offline and everywhere in-between. Proud to be crowned winners of The Drum Magazine's RAR Best PR Agency of the Year.

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