> bmarketing Wins Gold At Investors in People Awards

Brand and communications agency bmarketing (the team behind bdaily) last night won gold in the Best New Business category of the Investors In People (IiP) Outstanding Practice Awards, against strong competition from Lomax Training Services and TWEBLO.

The award ceremony, held at Gosforth's Marriott Hotel, gave official recognition to the best business performances by Tyne and Wear organisations in 2003 from the Learning and Skills Council and Business Link Tyne and Wear. Last nightÂ’s short-listed finalists all represented shining examples of this best practice across the North East having invested much time and effort in gaining the IiP standard.

The Award ceremony showcased the exceptional successes of these organisations in achieving and maintaining the IiP Standard with awards presented to 14 local winners.Other Gold award winners include EDF Energy (Best Large Business), games developer Eutechnyx (Best Medium Business), Quay Timber (Best Small Business) and Parkside School (Best School). Jane Brown of Arnott Commercial Insurance Services Ltd also received special recognition as a key champion for her commitment and drive in the development of her organisation.

Chairman of the Learning and Skills Council Tyne and Wear Ashley Winter said: "The awards night goes to show that ultimately best practice centres on people and unlocking their potential for the mutual benefit of employer and employee." Business Link Tyne & Wear chief executive Dan Brophy added: "Investors in People is maintaining its position as a quality standard for improving organisational performance through effective workforce development."