THOMSON Directories, which has an office in Northgate, Darlington, has been named as one of the country's top employers.

The company publishes telephone and Internet directories and employs six people in the town. It has 14 offices in the UK and a head office in Farnborough.

The company was named in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list.

Entering at number 34, the company, which employs more than 1,000 people nationwide, is commended for its "professional, caring and supportive environment where people feel valued".

According to the Sunday Times employee survey, more than four-fifths of Thomson Directories employees feel they can make a difference.