A Coventry veterinary practice has been crowned the UK’s most flexible small business.

The team at Broad Lane Vets celebrate their success.

Broad Lane Vets, which has three branches across the city and a turnover of £1.4m, won £1,000 in the nationwide competition and was hailed a “beacon for innovative workplace excellence.”

Senior vet Elly Pittaway said they were very proud to have been so successful.

Broad Lane Vets employs 40 people, with fewer than half working full-time hours. Staff are offered flexible working patterns, enabling them to balance other commitments and interests, including a vet who volunteers overseas and another who plays rugby for Scotland’s national women’s team.

The competition was organised by flexible working experts Timewise, in partnership with the Business is Great campaign, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and auditors PwC, to prove small businesses are driving revolutionary workplace change through flexibility.

Timewise launched the search in October 2014 in partnership with Smallbusiness.co.uk, reaching more than 20,000 small businesses (those with between two and 249 employees).

Broad Lane Vets was chosen by a judging panel including Stuart Rock of the Business is Great campaign, Elaine Barker of DWP and Stephanie Hyde from PwC.

As well as its cash prize, the practice will have a three-minute video made that showcases its business and how it operates. SmallBusiness.co.uk and Timewise.co.uk will host the video simultaneously.

Timewise co-founder Karen Mattison said: “Broad Lane Vets is a stellar example of how small businesses are successfully implementing flexibility to help their organisations thrive, and often in industry sectors where you might least expect it.”

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