GTA University Centre introduces small to medium businesses to Investors in People

| December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Small to medium sized companies are being encouraged to join 28,000 organisations across the world who have Investors in People status.

The GTA University Centre is organising a breakfast briefing for companies wanting to find out more about the scheme and it will be followed by a lunchtime event for companies who want to improve on their status.

Kate Sole, programmes manager at the GTA University Centre, said the IIP framework was all about business improvement.

‘Experience shows us that Investors in People can transform an organisation’s performance by targeting priorities and outlining goals. The beauty of it is that it is suitable to all sectors and sizes of business and has a proven track record of improving productivity,’ said Mrs Sole.

‘Many of the island’s larger companies already have IIP status but there are hundreds of smaller companies that would see enormous benefits but may feel that the process is too onerous or not suitable for them. We want to show them that achieving IIP status can be something they can do as part of improving their day to day operations and will have benefits for the company and the employees.’

The breakfast briefing takes place at the GTA University Centre, St Peter Port House, between 8.30am and 10am on 11 February and is aimed at businesses and organisations new to Investors in People and looking to find out more. Speakers Roger Chapman from idg and Elaine Painter from KPMG will demonstrate how IIP can help an organisation improve productivity, recognise improvement opportunities and increase motivation levels.

The lunchtime briefing from noon to 1.30pm is for small to medium sized businesses that have already achieved IIP status but want to go on to the next level. Roger and Elaine will look at how organisations can go beyond the standard with ‘Choices’, taking a tailored approach to business improvement from the bronze, silver and gold standards.

The GTA has supported a number of companies through the process to achieve IIP status. Montagu Evans was the first company from the Channel Islands’ property industry to be recognised by Investors in People. Office manager Carrie Birch, who oversaw the process, said that she could not praise the GTA University Centre enough for the support it gave the company in achieving IIP status.

‘They were absolutely brilliant. They came in and talked to both management and staff about the process and then undertook a benchmarking report. This identified some areas where we could make improvements, particularly within our HR function,’ she said.

‘I was concerned that it would be a lot more work but it wasn’t as much as I expected and the benefits have certainly shown that it was time well invested. I would thoroughly recommend it any small or medium sized business. It was extremely worthwhile.’

Investors in People is the leading standard for business improvement through people in the UK. It currently provides business advice and assessment in 75 countries internationally and is used by 29.6% of the UK workforce. A total of 7.3 million employees in 28,000 organisations are either committed or recognised Investors in People.

The briefings are free of charge and include light refreshments. For more information contact Kate Sole on 721555 or email her at

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