Swindon construction company Beard, has retained its Investors in People (IiP) Gold standard which recognises the business’s exceptional commitment to managing, empowering and developing its staff. The family-owned firm is one of only 53 construction companies in the UK with a Gold accreditation.
IiP is the UK’s leading accreditation for business improvement through investing in people. This year’s assessment was the first under the new, more rigorous, Generation Six Investors in People Framework which reflects the very latest workplace trends and essential skills required to perform in any industry. Beard, which achieved Gold level status in 2011 and 2014, and has been re-accredited for a further three years, outperformed other construction companies in every indicator in the Framework.
“We’ve used the Investors in People Framework for many years as a route map for continuous improvement and it was useful to see how well we performed compared to other companies in our industry,” said Liz Anderson, HR and training manager for Beard. “We’re delighted to have retained our IiP Gold status and particularly pleased to have received a 97% positive response from our staff to the statement ‘My organisation is a great place to work and has a bright future’. As a responsible employer, we want our people to have the best support, training and development opportunities to excel in their careers and be the best at what they do. It’s great to see from the results that staff all agree that Beard ‘looks after them’.”
She added: “By helping us improve our performance and productivity through our people, IiP has become a vital part of Beard’s business strategy which is to achieve growth through prompt and faultless construction delivery and by being better tomorrow than we are today. If our staff feel happy and content, our customers will be happy and content – it’s a simple formula for long-term success.”
The company, which celebrates its 125th business anniversary this year, was assessed in three key performance areas for Leading, Supporting and Improving. Beard was identified as having many noteworthy strengths and scored highly in the areas of Leading and Inspiring People, Living the Values, Empowering and Involving People, and Creating Sustainable Success. IiP viewed these four areas as excellent foundations for Beard’s ambitious growth plans.
Cath Parish, Investors in People Assessor commented: “Working with Beard has been a very enjoyable experience for me as their Investors in People Assessor. Beard is an inspirational organisation and truly deserves its Investors in People Gold Accreditation. The company has always recognised that its people are its best asset and has a real commitment to developing them to reach their full potential.
“Staff turnover is extremely low and there are examples of people starting as apprentices and advancing to be appointed as Directors. There is a strong focus on the health and wellbeing of staff together with a respect for one another that is not often experienced in a construction company.”
She added: “The leadership team has established the Investors in People Framework at the core of the business. They have created an outstanding company culture and are role models for both the organisation and the rest of the construction industry.”
Pictured above: Some of the Beard team.