Milton Keynes-based marketing agency Little Star Media tasted success at the Women in Gaming Award.

The agency took home the “Best Place to Work” award from the 8th iteration of the awards, which were held at the Savoy Hotel in London last week. (12/05) The company was also the first ever group to win the award, which was introduced for the 2017 ceremony.

LSM’s Content Manager Laura Townshend spoke of her delight to see the company see off competition from some big names. The other contenders in the category included Aspers Westfield Stratford City, Game Lounge Ltd, Microgaming, Play’n GO and Playtech.

She 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.”

LSM’s MD Kylie Morgan declared her happiness at the success, and felt the award showed both the success of Milton Keynes, and that companies did not require London bases.

She said, “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.”

She also explained that her firm was looking to offer a good deal for new employees. She said, “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.”

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, and that it helped sell the relevance to the firm of winning the ceremony.

She said, “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.”

The awards were organised as an opportunity for employers to recognise female team leaders within their organisation and their contribution to the success of the business.

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!”

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