Milton Keynes-based online marketing agency, Little Star Media (LSM), have scooped the “Best Place to Work” award at the 8th Women in Gaming Awards, which were held on Friday 12th May 2017 at the glamorous Savoy Hotel in London.
The gaming industry is traditionally heavily male-dominated, so the annual national Women in Gaming Awards were created as an opportunity for employers to recognise female team leaders within their organisation and their contribution to the success of the business.
Local company, LSM, were the first people to win the “Best Place to Work” award, as it was a new category this year. Content Manager, Laura Townshend, said: “I made the application as I knew LSM was a great place to work, but it was a wonderful surprise to actually win the award, especially as this category had some really stiff competition. We’re only a small company and we were up against some giants from the field.”
The other contenders in the category were a mixture of online and land-based gaming companies, including Aspers Westfield Stratford City, Game Lounge Ltd, Microgaming, Play’n GO and Playtech.
Managing Director of LSM, Kylie Morgan, has worked hard to create a happy working atmosphere where staff enjoy coming into work. She explained, “We offer our employees a good benefits package, fun incentives, we make a fuss of people on their birthday, and dress up for various events, such as Halloween. It’s also important to me to nurture new talent, giving people responsibility to allow them to step up and rise quickly within the business.”
Laura Townshend also mentioned that the company had welcomed her back to work after having a baby and accommodated her into a part time role to enable her to spend valuable time with her son. “Winning a Women in Gaming award was particularly relevant to LSM, as we have several working mums in the company. Also, our team is pretty much a 50/50 gender split and half of the company managers are women, which is extremely unusual in the gaming industry.”
Ms Morgan also considers the award a win for MK too. “I’m proud to be helping to put Milton Keynes on the map from a business perspective. Although we know MK is a brilliant centre of industry, so many successful gaming companies are in London, but this award just goes to show that you don’t have to be based there to succeed.”
Although LSM hold their own “Little Star” Awards each year to celebrate staff successes within the company, it’s clear that the company are delighted to have been recognised on a wider scale. Kylie Morgan added, “We’re recruiting soon, so if anyone in Milton Keynes wants to work for a company that is officially the best place to work, they know where to come!”