Founded October, 2006, with the demerger from GUS. Argos was founded in 1973 and Homebase
in 1979

Based Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Number of staff 53,750 across the Argos and Homebase brands, including group functions

Number of stores Argos has about 730 stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland; Homebase has about 340

Employee benefits discounts across all retail brands for staff and a family member or close relation. Staff can also join the group’s share ownership scheme after six months.

The inside view from HR director David Guise

What makes the ideal Home Retail employee? “We value people who are passionate about retailing and the customer. They will already possess the motivation to succeed and the personal characteristics to underpin the skills they bring to the company.”

What is the Home Retail work ethos? “Customer focus, succeeding through great teamwork and ensuring individuals take ownership and make a difference are all key components.”

How do you strive to retain your staff? “Firstly by ensuring we continually make this company a great place to work. We take employee engagement very seriously and give the proper focus to reward and recognition, as well as the development of people.”

As a workplace, what sets you apart from your competitors? “While the group itself is young, our core retail brands have established histories and a track record of developing people. We have the added dimension of being able to develop careers across the group.”