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<p>February 2009: Southampton-based Lawton Communications Group (LCG) has had an exciting start to 2009 by being awarded STAR status in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For survey. LCG joins an exclusive club of just 209 other UK businesses with a Best Company to Work For one star rating.</p>

<p>Companies recognised in this survey excel in all aspects of their business, from employee wellbeing to leadership to giving something back to the community. Ultimately, it’s a measure of how engaged your employees are. This improved status follows the Group being declared as ‘One to Watch’ by the same survey in 2008. </p>

<p>Nick Lawton, Group Managing Director comments: “Achieving STAR status in just our second year of entering the survey is a fantastic result and testament to the commitment from each and every one of our 150 staff in ensuring that LCG is a great place to work. Our goal, as part of our 2016 vision, is to be in the Top 100, so this is encouraging progress. With the industry tightening in these tough times, it is pleasing that our teams have remained positive and continue to make our agencies great places to work.”</p>

<p>In January, LCG received also confirmation of its ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditation. These certifications ensure that the Group is working in line with all current legislation and benchmarks for quality and environmental standards. The ISO 9001 accreditation assures best quality for LCG clients and ISO 14001 ensures LCG is working sustainably in line with environmental compliance. </p>

<p>Nick Lawton, said: “This is more great news. These ISO accreditations allow our clients to see we don’t just talk about a quality product and service, we actually deliver it and in a socially responsible way”. </p>

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<p>Notes to Editor:
<br />Lawton Communications Group (LCG) is the parent company for a family of agencies, including Five by Five, Headstream and LawtonWare, with offices in Southampton and London. LCG’s agencies provide marketing and recruitment services to many clients in many industries nationally and internationally. The Group's role is to invest in its agencies and their people and provide them with the working environment and support they need to excite their clients.</p>

<p>For further information please contact: Laura Zobel on 02380 828 561 or <a href="mailto:laura.zobel@lawton.co.uk">laura.zobel@lawton.co.uk</a></p>

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Published on: 2:12AM on 6th February 2009