A BOLTON headquartered business advisory firm has been named as one of the best companies to work for in the UK.

Hilton Smyth, based on Wood Street, was given a two-star rating by workplace engagement specialist, Best Companies.

The Bolton company specialises in advising people on buying and selling businesses and has been given this accolade thanks to feedback from staff.

Hilton Smythe Group CEO Gareth Smyth said: "At Hilton Smythe Group, we pride ourselves on being a great place to work, and the results of the Best Companies survey demonstrates we’re on the right track.

"To be considered as an outstanding employer is incredible and we’re delighted that our staff want to work for us.

"A happy employee will do their best for the clients and that’s what we strive for.

"We’re going to keep going and working hard and next year we hope to achieve the three-star, world-class employer accreditation."

The ratings are given out after employers across the UK ask staff to complete the b-Heard survey, detailing how positive they are about the workplaces.

This generates a score on zero to 1000 and categorises firms as "one to watch" or given a one-to-three-star rating.

The two-star rating, awarded to Hilton Smythe, is achieved with a score of over 696.5, and represents "outstanding" levels of workplace engagement.