Businesses commit to investing in own success

Representatives from Newtownabbey businesses and organisations who participated in the recent Investor's in People Programme.
Representatives from Newtownabbey businesses and organisations who participated in the recent Investor's in People Programme.

The Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Billy Webb, recently welcomed ten Newtownabbey businesses to the third Investors in People Programme sponsored by Newtownabbey Borough Council and the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL).

Building on the success of previous programmes and the commitment of the council to assist local organisations improve their business practice, the ten Newtownabbey businesses - Pauley Business Services, NM Williams UK Ltd, Whiteford Geoservices, Abbey Real Estate, J W McNinch, S&B Production (part of Diageo Baileys), Rockmount Vehicle Maintenance (part of Montgomery Transport), Cobra FM Services, Sapphire Ventures and Montgomery Distribution - have taken the first steps to invest in their people and the future success of their business.

The programme challenges participants to benchmark their current management practices and make improvements in relation to how they strategically plan, effectively manage, create the right culture, develop people and manage individual team and company performance. Support is provided through group workshops, on-site tailored consultancy and an interactive website containing an extensive resource library.

At the end of the programme each company will be independently assessed against the Investors in People (IiP) Standard. The IiP Standard is a business improvement tool designed specifically to advance an organisations performance through its people.

Participating companies will not only be in the position to gain accreditation of a best practice standard but also gain feedback through the assessment process to drive continuous improvement actions.

At the official launch of the programme, Alderman Billy Webb, Mayor of Newtownabbey reinforced its importance and added: “I know from personal experience the great benefits to an organisation in embracing the principles of IiP and in the present economic situation it is imperative that businesses avail of all opportunities, such as this, to give themselves the edge over their competitors.

“I have no doubt the businesses taking part in this programme will quickly see their time commitment as a good investment. I wish them well and look forward to hearing about their experiences in the programme.”

For further information on the programme contact Ciara Newell on Tel: 028 9090 5351 or email: