Grants get ‘Investors in People’ award

A local electrical engineering and renewable energy company is celebrating Investors in People success.

Press Eye Photography Photographer Paul McCambridge / 28th May 2013 Archbishop Eamon Martins pictured in Armagh

Grants Electrical SVS Limited, based in Ballymena and employing 71 people, is one of over 30 organisations from across Northern Ireland awarded with the prestigious Investors in People (IiP) accreditation.

Presenting the awards at Hillsborough Castle, Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People UK, said: “It is an honour to be able to present awards to organisations that are achieving fantastic results by really investing in their workforce.

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“Businesses that achieve the Investors in People Standard have proven their commitment to realising the potential of their people, adopting sound people management practices we know contribute to organisational success, and then evidencing this through a rigorous assessment process.”

Tim Devine, Head of Management Development Branch in the Department for Employment and Learning, congratulated those receiving the business award.

He said: “IiP is now firmly established as a global mark of good practice in both people and business development. Investors in People specialises in transforming business performance through people.

“The UK Commission for Employment and Skills last year released the latest findings from an employer evaluation on the impact of the IiP framework. Seventy-one per cent of businesses reported achieving the business results expected and 23% reported higher than anticipated benefits. Northern Ireland employers also experienced better results on a variety of fronts than their counterparts in the rest of the UK.”

IiP helps organisations of every size, sector and location to compete and succeed through improved people performance. The approach to its delivery has recently changed, becoming more tailored to individual business needs, with no longer a requirement for a paper trail.

The framework has also been extended to provide stretch for all businesses who can now work towards achieving the core Standard or the recently added Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.