A company as large and growing as fast as ours needs an intricate infrastructure to support it. That’s why we have three Head Offices. One in London to support our Travel stores, one in Sydney to look after our Australian operation and our High Street team based at our Swindon Head Office.
Stationery, books, newspapers, confectionery, drinks – the average WHSmith High Street store sells all of this and more. We have over 600 High Street stores in most major UK towns and cities. That comes to 2.89 million square feet of selling space!
From Swindon the teams work on the end-to-end retail process, sourcing products through to creating plans for store layouts and product displays. With over 500 people here, it never stands still, yet we’re all focused on a common goal; to be Britain’s most popular high street stationer, bookseller and newsagent.
We want each person to be happy in their job, after all one of our core principles is to ‘Value our People’. So we strive to provide work-life balance through flexible working arrangements, including the choice to buy extra holiday through our fantastic Holiday Trading Scheme. We also offer free parking, an on-site canteen with Starbucks and preferential rates for our employees at our on-site nursery – Bright Horizons.
To ensure we know what our people want, we run a regular employee engagement survey. Recent feedback has led to initiatives such as a day’s holiday on your birthday and finishing early on Fridays. We have a weekly newsletter, quarterly briefings and ‘The Forum’; where representatives from each business area meet with Directors – all of which ensure we keep our people up-to-date and engaged with what is going on across the business. While each function has its own away days, there are plenty of events for all departments to come together: a Learning at Work Week; a Wellbeing at Work Week; and social activities such as summer barbeques.
Swindon lies in the beautiful county of Wiltshire. Many of our people commute from Bristol and Bath, passing through rolling green countryside to reach us. Find out more about Wiltshire and Swindon here: