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 nights 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."