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Hero – Ian Lucas, Red 7

Ian treated all 42 of his staff to an all expenses paid luxury holiday in Marbella to mark the 20th anniversary of the company. The MD of the British travel and party firm Red 7 took his team to the Spanish resort to celebrate for three days. He said his people were the “beating heart” of company and deserved their treat. (Red 7/Facebook)

The best (and worst) bosses of 2017

For many workers, the best perk they can hope for from the boss is the odd early cut on a Friday, or maybe the company credit card put behind the bar on quiz night.

For others, a sniping “you’re lucky to have a job at all” counts as man management and motivation.

But sometimes you do get to work for some truly awesome people, bosses who recognise that investing time and money in their staff can really pay off.

Here we take a look at five MDs, CEOs or managers who have gone that the extra mile – and five who perhaps could try harder…