SPAR NI receives Gold Investors in People Accreditation

January 25, 2022 IN THE CATEGORY: Awards and prizes, People

Henderson Retail, part of SPAR NI regional partner Henderson Group, has been awarded Gold accreditation against the Investors in People Standard. Gold accreditation means Henderson Retail has been recognised by Investors In People as having significant policies in place. More than that, it means the entire workforce takes ownership for making them come to life.

The past two years have seen the majority of SPAR NI staff become frontline workers, ensuring people in their communities were stocked with essentials throughout the different restrictions and lockdowns.

Significant achievement in a challenging period

Group Human Resources Director Sam Davidson says their workforce has been a huge driver in the company’s growth over the years, and they are highly motivated to be part of the journey. 

“We are extremely proud to have achieved Gold accreditation for Henderson Retail for the second time. This is a significant achievement in what has been a very challenging period”, Sam Davidson says.

“We are one of the biggest employers in Northern Ireland and ensure every opportunity to develop fantastic careers is afforded to our employees, as the very culture of the Group is to put our people first.”

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support, and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results.

Underpinning the standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills, and effective structures required to outperform any industry. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.

Paul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People, added, “We’d like to congratulate Henderson Retail. Gold accreditation on ‘We Invest in People’  is a fantastic effort for any organisation and places Henderson Retail in fine company with a host of organisations that understand the value of people.”

Source: SPAR UK

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The UK became a SPAR member in 1956 when SPAR International granted the SPAR licence to a group of independent wholesalers. There are now five regional partners in the UK. A central office in London provides national marketing and buying services for the group.

SPAR has led the highly competitive convenience market in the UK for many years. Always innovative, the five regional partners have continued to grow the brand. SPAR UK comprises independently owned licensed retailers and company-owned stores. These include forecourts, airports, train stations, city centres, and local neighbourhood stores.

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