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Double success for Cumbria Partnership

2 September 2009

Capita Symonds’ Cumbria and North East business has scored a double success after successfully passing the Investors in Excellence Audit and securing the Investors in People (IiP) Gold Standard.

The business, which has over 530 staff across 11 offices, passed the Investors in Excellence (IiE) standard after a gruelling application, evidence and interview process. 

The business has been working towards IiE for three years. The programme is a nationally-recognised framework for co-ordinating improvement activity, reaching new heights of performance, and achieving recognition.

Staff from across the business were interviewed about health and safety, internal processes, staff care, clients and projects, management, business planning, communication, reward and recognition, training and development and corporate responsibility to back up information provided in the lengthy application form. 

Capita Symonds is believed to be the first consultancy of its kind to secure the accreditation and has now been put forward for a regional award in 2010.

The Cumbria and North East business also secured the Gold Standard in IiP. The Gold Standard is for organisations who achieve the basic IiP Standard plus 126 or more additional evidence requirements. Just 2% of Investors in People accredited organisations have the gold status and, as a result, Capita Symonds has now been invited to be a Champion and Ambassador of Investors in People.

Steve Robinson, Director of the Cumbria and North East business said of the success: “I would like to thank everybody involved, particularly the Organisational Development Team in helping the Cumbria and North East business to secure the Investors in Excellence standard. We submitted a tricky yet compelling application and this was backed up by our staff who really do believe that we are doing an excellent job.” 

Achieving the Investors in People Gold standard was another positive result which will help ensure that we can continually drive our business forward in the future