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Mid Ulster Business Urges Others To Invest in People

03 July 2015

A Dungannon business which achieved the Investors in People (IiP) accreditation is encouraging other companies in Mid Ulster to take advantage of the new free programme to work towards achieving the award.

SpecDrum Engineering, which is one of the world’s largest suppliers of conveyor pulleys, received the award in April this year and is helping to promote a new programme, funded jointly by Mid Ulster District Council and the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL).

The IiP programme offers local businesses the opportunity to work in groups, attending 5 free workshops, focussing on everything from improving management practice to culture and communication, as well as tailored on-site consultancy support to help businesses maximise the potential of their workforce.

Roisin McCabe, of SpecDrum Engineering said:

"The group scheme was an excellent opportunity to work with other local companies, from different industries, to improve our business performance. The information gained from the five workshops and the tools we were introduced to, proved very useful in obtaining our objectives, in a meaningful way".

IiP has long been acknowledged as the most successful framework for business improvement through people. It 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, to help organisations develop, implement as well as evaluate their people management and development strategies.

Chair of the Council’s Development Committee, Councillor Frances Burton, welcomed the delivery of the programme locally:

“Many of our local companies are already demonstrating the kind of commitment to the development of their organisations and their employees which the Investors in People standard sets out.

“This is an opportunity, however, to benefit from external expertise and support to explore how that existing work can be turned towards achievement of the accreditation itself.

“I’m delighted the Council is able to support the programme and would encourage our small and medium sized businesses to see for themselves how this programme can make a difference to their performance”.

Joyce Rutherford, DEL said:

“We are delighted to join the new Mid Ulster District Council in promoting and part funding the IiP group programme in such a novel manner. The joint co-operation between the Council and DEL offers an excellent opportunity for businesses throughout the council area. The IiP Practitioner, who will deliver the workshops and in-house support, will offer the best advice and support as companies tackle their individual objectives in challenging market conditions”.  

For further information on the IiP Framework Accreditation and Application Process contact Eddie Salmon on 07801 304977 or email eddiesalmon208@gmail.com

Closing date for completed applications is Friday 4th September 2015 at 5pm


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