Fabricator Conservatory Outlet has joined the 5% of Investors in People organisations that can claim a ‘Beyond The Standard’ Bronze status.
The Wakefield-based manufacturer surpassed the entry level Investors in People standard, offering more than 26 pieces of additional evidence of best practice. ‘We’re absolutely delighted but, naturally, the next step is to achieve Gold status,’ said Conservatory Outlet director, Greg Kane.
Investors in People (IiP) define Bronze organisations as ‘at the leading edge of best people management practice in the UK in their chosen areas. Bronze organisations are advanced Investors in People, using the framework to meet their goals, progressing well beyond The Standard.’
En route to achieving IiP Bronze, the company implemented a number of positive changes which entailed: developing clear expectations for managers and a business plan for each department of the business; empowering staff to be innovative and flexible, complemented by a regular review process; and a formal development programme for senior managers, designed to enhance strategic thinking.
‘Conservatory Outlet is very well accredited as a supplier, but both myself and my fellow director Michael Giscombe were very keen to obtain formal recognition as an employer, continued Greg. Conservatory Outlet now employs more than 100 people, including an increasing number of young adult graduates and also many people from the local area. There’s no better recognition as an employer than an Investors in People award.’
IiP Assessor Grant Hamilton commented: ‘Michael and Greg have made a concerted and continuous effort over the course of many months to achieve this award. It’s a great accolade in itself but it also stands Conservatory Outlet in very good stead to earn Gold status, which less than 3% of IiP organisations can currently claim.’