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Upstream Recognised for Outstanding Pandemic Response by Company Culture Awards 2021

Remote Team of The Year and plaudits for staff well-being initiatives

London, May 12th, 2021 – Leading mobile technology company, Upstream, has been selected as a winner in the inaugural Company Culture Awards, an annual awards program that recognizes and celebrates the way businesses nurture, develop and care for their workforce. Upstream was awarded “Remote Team of The Year” and also won an award for the creativity of its “Getting Together Again” initiative, which was launched during the pandemic in order to strengthen company culture and instil a sense of community.

Upstream enabled 100% of its workforce to work safely from home during the health crisis, with a core focus on keeping staff engaged, informed and in good spirits. The company also adapted its hiring and onboarding processes to accommodate home working and welcomed tens of new employees during the pandemic.

During the past year and while fully on remote mode Upstream achieved its net revenue target for the year, recording a 13% year on year growth. The company expanded to new markets and developed its mobile first customer acquisitions and engagement platform playing a key role in the digital transformation of its partners, during a time when all activity went online.

Dimitris Maniatis, Upstream CEO shared the news with everybody at Upstream with the following message: “I am excited about our agility, adaptability, constant evolution and above all empathy. These attributes, deep rooted in our DNA, have always defined Upstream, but during a period like no other, I believe we have taken them to new levels. We kept together, while being apart. We did our best to take advantage of every opportunity that arose, we kept our performance high and pushed hard taking the next step into Upstream’s evolution. Even when the environment is unfavourable or if momentarily, we lose sight of who we are, our success seeking, ever-improving culture and spirit remain strong. The two Company Culture Awards we have just won, is an achievement for which I want to thank each and every one of you! We have now well established the foundations to aim even higher and in true Upstream spirit further improve our business, work-life and ourselves as professionals and humans.”

Upstream’s initiatives for its people wellbeing included a range of activities, from corporate citizenship to sheer fun and engagement.  The company undertook 16 education and community goodwill initiatives in Africa, Latin America and Greece, involving its people. It created a virtual “meeting place” where people can freely and randomly chat and interact as they would when physically meeting in the office and scheduled regular activations from live quizzes, teasers posts and videos to keep people upbeat and entertained. The “Getting together initiative” included live-streamed fitness classes twice per week, and expert advice from health workers, regular care packages sent, security courses and fireside chats with industry experts.

Maria Mander, Health and Wellbeing Advisor at The Growth Company, and a judge on the Culture Awards panel, said of the initiative: “This was an amazing submission. It was really pleasing to see Upstream’s multifaceted approach to staff wellbeing, which included physical, mental, social and learning. There was a comprehensive range of innovative initiatives to promote company spirit and team wellbeing which resulted in a really impressive level of engagement with the employees throughout the year.”


For more information please contact:
Upstream Corporate Communications
Ε: corp.comms@upstreamsystems.com

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