Job title: Financial director – also responsible for human resources
Company: Bottlegreen Drinks Co
Number of employees: 42
What's it like to work for your company? It's great. Everyone knows each other and there's real team spirit.
Why is it a good employer? We listen to our employees, and try to keep them all as informed as possible. We did a confidential staff survey last year and one of the key issues it threw up was lack of communication so we have been trying to improve this, but overall the company came out very well.
What's the best thing about working there? The feedback from customers on how much they enjoy our products. We get a lot of comments from consumers on how they've passed on the secret of Bottlegreen to friends and family. It gives us a real sense of achievement.
Does the company offer any unusual benefits? We have a table where we put end-of-production stock for all employees to help themselves to. Also, we give out a bottle of Champagne to every employee when we beat the previous biggest sales month.
How does the company differ from its rivals? We offer a product that the consumer wants, packaged in a stylish bottle. We are also able to respond quickly.
Is there a definable company culture? There is a definite family feel about the business. We're all on first-name terms and there's lots of banter in the office.
If the company were a car what would it be and why? Something like a Jaguar XK or BMW M3 contemporary and stylish but not flashy.
What's the training like and what qualifications could I earn? We like to invest in our employees we'll listen to any training proposals. All employees have an annual appraisal and we are introducing monthly one-to-ones.
Has the company won any awards or been recognised in the past few years as an employer? We've won quite a few recently: Gloucestershire Business of the Year Award, in which HR was one of the areas we were judged on, and The Grocer Food & Drink 2011 award for soft drinks.
What's your proudest achievement of the past 12 months? Growing the sales line year-on-year, with the implied meaning that more and more people are liking what we do.
Are you looking for any people right now and, if so, where? Not at the moment. In the past year we have created six new roles, which is about a 15% uplift in headcount.
How does one go about applying for a job? We use all sorts of media to recruit, from friends and family (all job adverts go up on the staff notice boards) to agencies and adverts.
What tips would you offer jobseekers? Keep an eye on the press and send us a CV as I keep all enquiries on file for 12 months.
Are you working on anything exciting that you can tell us about? We have a new flavour coming out in spring that we hope will be a success in the adult RTD sector Green Tea & Elderflower Sparkling pressé.