BURNLEY social housing provider Calico has received the highest possible award in the national Best Companies poll for a third year.

The Best Companies survey uses a Michelin style star rating for organisations that demonstrate high levels of employee engagement.

Calico were awarded three stars and the results show that staff believe in the organisation's values and principles.

Chief executive Michael Birkett said: “This is fantastic news, particularly given the problems we are all too aware of in the wider UK economy.

“It’s terrific to see that our staff are more involved and determined to help improve people’s lives.

“Tthey should be really proud of themselves.”