Independent caterer Bartlett Mitchell has secured its first Investors in People Gold award for its commitment to the development and training of its employees.
As part of the accreditation process the firm was assessed using a framework that measures against current workplace trends, skills and effective structures.
Bartlett Mitchell now joins the 14% of accredited organisations to have achieved the gold standard across the UK. The company was previously awarded silver when it was last accredited three years ago.
It was commended for offering all staff accredited food safety level 2 and health and safety level 2 qualifications as part of their formal training.
It was also recognised for its training programmes including its Chef Academy, which features workshops and masterclasses with chef Adam Byatt; weekly business webinar briefings and online learning modules.
Bartlett Mitchell also offers a company-wide Meet the Directors Day, where every new starter meets the owners, directors and team leaders of the business.
Ingrid Newbould, human resources director at Bartlett Mitchell, said: "This is a fantastic achievement and one that we are all very proud of. We know that our people make our business, which is why we place great emphasis on helping them reach their potential through various training and development initiatives.
"We've already got some incredibly exciting training plans in place for the coming year and look forward to developing our employee capability and engagement even further through the Bartlett Mitchell Training Academy."
Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said: "We'd like to congratulate Bartlett Mitchell on their Gold standard. Such a high level of accreditation is the sign of great people management practice, and demonstrates a commitment to staff development and shows an organisation committed to being the very best it can be. The company should be extremely proud of their achievement."
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