Two Newtownabbey businesses - Abbey Real Estate and Pauley Business Services - were among 39 organisations from across Northern Ireland that recently celebrated Investors In People (IIP) accreditation.
Newtownabbey Borough Council, in partnership with the Department for Employment and Learning, provided the opportunity for small to medium sized enterprises in the borough to work towards the nationally recognised Business Improvement Framework best practice standard.
The IIP standard is designed specifically to advance an organisation’s performance through its people.
Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning, congratulated both businesses at a celebration event held recently at Hillsborough Castle.
Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Fraser Agnew, commented: “I am delighted to see that two local businesses have successfully optimised the opportunity we gave them and their commitment has been rewarded by gaining such a prestigious business accreditation.
“Organisations succeed by realising the potential of their people. Abbey Real Estate and Pauley Business Services are both proof of that.
“We know that organisations that invest in their people are much more likely to survive tough times and times of change as well as giving themselves the edge over their competitors.”
Ryan Ashton, Associate Director, Abbey Real Estate said: “We are delighted to have achieved the Investors In People accolade. The process has helped us improve how we manage our people and will help us continue to improve how we do business.
“As a result we now have a more positive culture and better communication. Investing in our people has most definitely been good for our business.”
Edel Pauley, Managing Director, Pauley Business Services added: “We would like to thank Newtownabbey Borough Council for their support.
“We are delighted to have benefitted from such a widely recognised award and know our customers will be experiencing the results.”
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