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Power company promoted to platinum

Virtual celebrations are underway at the UK’s biggest electricity distributor, after it achieved prestigious recognition for how it supports and manages employees.

From Press releases - 27 May 2020 12:00 AM

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The Investors in People (IiP) ‘We invest in people’ platinum accreditation is an international standard awarded to just 1% of IiP-recognised organisations. It means policies and practices around supporting its people are embedded throughout the business. In a platinum-rated company, everyone from the chief executive to apprentices knows they have a part to play in the company doing well, and are always looking for ways to improve.

UK Power Networks, which delivers power to 8.3 million homes and businesses across the East of England, London and South East is the first distribution network operator to achieve this accolade.  It has around 6,200 employees including major *offices in London, Crawley, Ipswich, Maidstone, Potters Bar and Bury St Edmunds, with most employees staying for more than ten years and staff turnover of just 5%.

UK Power Networks has:

Achieved best ever company performance in 2019

Launched a Working Well campaign to support employees’ and trained over 300 mental health first aiders

Been rated in the top five of the UK’s Inclusive Top 50 list, and in the top ten of the Top 25 Best Big Companies to work for

Become the only DNO to be National Equality Standard accredited 

Launched a Green Action Plan and commitments to carbon neutral and Net Zero

Raised over £160,000 for good causes last year

The company previously received Gold status in 2017.

Andrew Pace, HR director at UK Power Networks, said: “Achieving platinum accreditation through this independent assessment, matches our vision of being an employer of choice and is gratefully received during our tenth anniversary year.

“Huge credit must go to the ongoing hard work of all our managers and employees. We believe there is a clear link between employee engagement, investing in people and improved business performance and we are delighted to be able to demonstrate this.”

Paul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate UK Power Networks for its platinum accreditation. ‘We invest in people’ is a remarkable effort for any organisation, and places UK Power Networks in fine company with a host of organisations that understand the value of people.”

Bruce MacRae, the IiP-licensed practitioner who carried out UK Power Networks’ review, said: “I believe UK Power Networks are the first DNO and indeed major utility to achieve the prestigious Platinum award. This is an exceptional achievement given the disparate nature of the workforce and just reward for the entire organisation’s persistent drive over the past ten years to become genuinely high performing.”