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National gold award for investing in people

Electricity distributor UK Power Networks has received a gold award from Investors in People.

From Press releases - 11 June 2014 12:00 AM

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Electricity distributor UK Power Networks has received a gold award from Investors in People.

The company, whose 5,200 employees keep the lights on in London, the South East and the East of England, received the award for the way it leads and develops its workforce to constantly improve the vital service they provide for 8.1million homes and businesses.

Gold status is achieved by just 7% of companies which participate in a scheme that recognises the UK’s top workplaces, best bosses and highest achievers. The electricity company has major offices in London, Crawley, Ipswich, Maidstone, Bury St Edmunds and Potters Bar.

Chris Degg, Director of HR, said: “UK Power Networks is delighted to be awarded Gold status by Investors in People (IIP), the UK’s leading people management improvement standard. The awarding of IIP Gold followed a rigorous assessment by the external assessor on a wide range of measures ranging from strategy to leadership and communication, from reward and recognition to development and employee engagement.

“UK Power Networks has made tremendous progress in the key areas of safety, customer service and operations efficiency in the last three and a half years during which we have been a stand-alone business. This external recognition demonstrates that we have taken similar strides in terms of our people management practices and processes.”

The accreditation was the result of about 180 interviews with employees about their workplace. Strengths highlighted by the award included training, communications, safety culture, management development, supported studies, career progression, diversity and appraisals.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate UK Power Networks on their Gold standard. Such a high level of accreditation is the sign of great people management practice, demonstrates a commitment to staff development and shows an organisation committed to being the very best it can be. UK Power Networks should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

Investors in People is the UK's leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for businesses to innovate, improve and grow, with a focus on good people making great business.

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