SPAR UK Partner achieves international people management accreditation

September 19, 2019 IN THE CATEGORY: Awards and prizes, People

Henderson Wholesale, part of the Henderson Group (the SPAR UK Partner in Northern Ireland), has been awarded Silver accreditation against the Investors in People Standard – an international standard for people management – defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results.

The Henderson Group employs more than 650 people from its headquarters in Mallusk, providing a broad range of business support services to over 450 independent stores which trade under the Group’s brands, including SPAR and EUROSPAR. One of four independent companies making up the Group, Henderson Wholesale employs 3,700 people locally and brings a range of unique, diverse and competitive services and products to the industry across Ireland.

The Investors in People Standard is underpinned by a framework which reflects the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. The Standard enables organisations to benchmark themselves against the best in the business on an international scale.

Commenting on the achievement, Group HR Director Sam Davidson said: “We’re extremely proud to achieve the Silver Investors in People accreditation.

“Our Wholesale business not only supplies a vast range of fresh and ambient foods from our warehouses, but we also have a huge team providing an array of support services for our retailers.

“With this in mind, we always aim to provide the highest level of customer service, delivered by a team who are highly motivated thanks to the variety of work and growth opportunities within our company.

“This accreditation sits alongside recent Gold Standard recognition for our sister companies Henderson Retail and Henderson Foodservice, as well as an Accredited Award for Henderson Group Property, all demonstrating the Group’s commitment to achieving outstanding performance through excellent people management practices.’’

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Source: SPAR UK

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The UK became a member of SPAR in 1956 when a group of independent wholesalers was granted the SPAR licence by SPAR International. There are five regional partners in the UK with strategically placed Distribution Centres in each region. A central office, located in London, provides national marketing and buying services for the group and supports the development of the brand.

SPAR has led the convenience market in the UK for many years but has faced increasing competition. Always innovative, the five regional partners have continued to grow the brand. Throughout the UK, a combination of independently-owned licensed retailers and company-owned stores can be found, spanning forecourts, airports, train stations, city centres, and local neighbourhoods.

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