Brookwood Partnership, the independent school caterers, has been placed second on the 2014 list of the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies.
In a strong showing on the list for hospitality with four companies from the sector among the top 10, Brookwood Partnership was beaten by the multi-media company UKRD. Managing partners Sue Parfett and Kate Martin welcomed the news: "In establishing Brookwood, we wanted to ensure that we created a company that put its people at the heart of the business - a philosophy that we have strived to retain even though our business is much bigger 18 years on.
"It is also a very proud moment for the industry with so many hospitality businesses appearing in the list and in the top 10."
The list was announced at a ceremony at Battersea Evolution, London, last night.
Lexington catering company was ranked seventh, jumping up four places from 2011.
Mike Sunley, chief executive at Lexington, said: "We are delighted that our amazing team and unique people-focused culture has been recognised. We have worked hard to create a workplace where all our people have the opportunity to develop new skills and innovate, while having lots of fun in the process.
"We are all about people - helping clients to create a great workplace and deliver exceptional service so that their employees and guests can perform at their best. I'd like to thank every one of our team for this success, I'm really proud of what we have achieved together."
Red Carnation Hotel Collection is celebrating its 8th placing, having first entered the list in 2012 at number 71, followed by a promotion to number 26 last year.
Jonathan Raggett, managing director of the 17-strong Red Carnation Hotel Collection, said: "Being a family run hotel collection, our employees are at the heart of our whole operation. Every effort is made, from our wonderful Human Resources team through to all our dedicated managers, to deliver the best training and development for the entire staff, ensuring career progress and objectives are being met and most importantly that they are happy and feel fulfilled in their respective roles.
"Our staff's satisfaction is what ensures we live up to and embody our guest philosophy of ‘no request too large, no detail too small,' and their happiness and motivation is paramount. So, it is with great pride that we have been acknowledged not only by the Sunday Times but also by our loyal staff."
The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies list is compiled from a survey of over 246,000 employee opinion polls, involving hundreds of companies across a cross section of industries.
Eight hospitality companies made it on to the list. They were:
2. Brookwood Partnership
7. Lexington Catering
8. Red Carnation Hotels
9. Connect Catering
69. Wyboston Lakes
76. Bartlett Mitchell
92. HIT Training
Meanwhile, purchasing specialist PSL and London's Cavendish hotel were named among the 100 Best Small companies, in 31st and 63rd place respectively.