Devon Business Ranked 11th best small organisation to work for

Devon Business Ranked 11th best small organisation to work for

Devon Business Ranked 11th best small organisation to work for

Devon business ranked 11th best small organisation to work for in the UK and 1st for commitment to the environment

 Clinton Devon Estates, the company that manages 25,000 acres of Devon countryside has been named by the Sunday Times as the 11th best small organisation in the UK to work for and ranked first for its commitment to the environment.

It follows a three star accreditation from Best Companies earlier this month which placed the Estates in the top 50 small businesses nationwide.    

With a staff of just 61 people, Clinton Devon Estates is responsible for 15,000 acres of designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), including the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths.   It also sustainably manages land and forests on the Rolle and Beer Estates in East Devon and the Heanton Estate in North Devon.

As well as land management, Clinton Devon Estates provides homes for local people in 400 Estate properties. It also owns and manages four business parks, including Liverton Business Park in Exmouth, plus a range of commercial property across the county.

The Estates' new headquarters, which have won awards for sustainability and energy efficiency, are located in East Devon near Budleigh Salterton on the Rolle Estate, alongside the renowned Bicton Arena which is widely regarded as one of the best equipped equine sites in the South West.  


Each year Best Companies and the Sunday Times celebrate the best small, mid-size and big workplaces in the UK. Employees from participating organisations are surveyed based on a rigorous methodology. This enables Best Companies to compile and The Sunday Times to publish its annual authoritative list.

The results reveal that fifteen of the 61 Estate employees have been with the organisation for more than 15 years, and many of them can boast more than 30 years of service.  87% say they love working for the organisation and 83% say the company makes a positive difference to the world we live in.  Staff firmly believe that Clinton Devon Estates works hard to protect the environment. At 94% it was the best result of all the companies questioned in the survey.

John Varley, the Estates Director for Clinton Devon Estates congratulated his team on their achievement; "We are a relatively small team and each member has a vital role and an important voice in the smooth and effective running of such a complex business. Their commitment, dedication and understanding is what creates the positive environment within which we can thrive. 

"Everyone understands what a huge responsibility we have to the countryside, to nature, to local communities and to businesses. Our association with Devon goes back nearly 500 years and our job now as land mangers of the 21st century is to ensure that we bring net gains to both the built and natural environment hundreds of years into the future"

Farms Manager George Perrott, who is featured in the Sunday Times Best Companies supplement (28th February 2010) has worked for Clinton Devon Estates for 12 years.  He said; "For me it's like working for a large, well-oiled organisation but with all the benefits of working for a small, friendly family business. Everyone has a voice here, from the grass roots to the boardroom. As a manager I make sure all my staff can share their views and ideas because we're all experts in our own area."

He added; "With fresh air, stunning scenery and a job with a real purpose and reward, it's really not difficult to go to work every day!"

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299