Independent learning providers featured prominently in the 2014 Sunday Times’ lists of best small and medium-sized companies to work for.

Bright International Training and Educ8 came 12th and 51st respectively in the list for small companies.

ACT Training, Ingeus UK, and HIT Training came 35th, 85th and 92nd respectively in the list for the 100 best medium-sized companies.

Krissy Charles-Jones, chief executive of Bright International Training, said: “I am extremely proud to see Bright recognised in this way, and being the founder and chief executive of a company that is known as one of the best places to work is something that I have wanted to achieve for my entire career.

“Any business is only ever as good as its staff and the approach to work that the management promote and encourage, and I would hope that the importance we all place on our charitable work, the work/life balance for everyone who works here, along with our focus on providing exceptional customer service, were all factors that encouraged my colleagues to give Bright such a positive report.”

Jill Whittaker, HIT managing director, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have made the list. More than 80 per cent of HIT employees took part in the survey which in itself is a reflection of the amazing positivity and the incredibly strong feel-good factor within the organisation.”

The St Loye’s Foundation, which provides training for example in childcare and customer relations, also came 16th in the  list for the 100 best not-for-profit organisations.

The Sunday Times judged which were the best organisations to work for based on employees’ responses to questions, for example, about the quality of leadership and efforts made to improve their general wellbeing.

Cap from left: Glenn Dimmelow from Best Companies, which did the market research for the list, presenting the award to Jill Whittaker and John Hyde, executive chairman of HIT Training. Inset: HIT trainer-assessor Emma Boucher with the award