Five Lamps shortlisted in inaugural Investors in People awards

May 16th 2014

Five Lamps has been named as a top organisation for people management practice in the UK, having been shortlisted in the Excellence in Social Responsibility category, in the first Investors in People Awards

The Awards, which received over 500 entries from all over the UK and different sectors, will celebrate the best people management practices amongst Investors in People accredited businesses, with winners being announced at a ceremony held on 23 June.

The 15 categories will recognise Excellence in Leadership and Management, Reward and Recognition, Social Responsibility, and Most Improved organisation, amongst others.

The Excellence in Social Responsibility category recognises the organisation that includes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a core part of its people strategy and can demonstrate the impact it has on its workforce. Candidates were asked to show how their CSR programme has had a positive impact on both society and business. Five Lamps is shortlisted alongside 4 other companies in the category.

Graeme Oram (Chief Executive, Five Lamps) said

“We are immensely proud to be named in the shortlist for the IIP Awards 2014 in the category of ‘Excellence in Social Responsibility’. This is the first time the awards ceremony will take place and demonstrates how our people management practices support us in delivering Five Lamps social responsibilities. Considering there were over 500 entries in the categories for the awards from all over the UK we feel that being one of five shortlisted organisation’s for the award of ‘Excellence in Social Responsibility’ is a testament to our commitment to social, economic and financial inclusion driven by our business strategy”

Five Lamps provide a wide range of services to over 25,000 socially and financially excluded individuals across the North East and Yorkshire each year through its three integrated business divisions – Economic Development; Financial Inclusion & Housing and Youth Services.

The impact of our works spans supporting long-term unemployed people back into work; providing training, employment and qualifications to NEET young people; supporting customers on their enterprise journey from enterprise coaching, mentoring, business planning and accessing finance for start-ups; providing evening and weekend youth club activities; refurbishing and letting previously long term empty properties; systematically stripping away the barriers that face troubled families; delivering welfare assistance programmes in Stockton, County Durham and Northumberland; providing affordable personal loans to individuals and homeowners who are unable to access mainstream support and providing enterprise, financial inclusion and energy advice for young people and vulnerable groups.

Five Lamps has nearly 30 years of experience of engaging and supporting people through crises. Often we are told by our customers that the reason they continue to engage with us is that we are different to statutory services in our inclusive and flexible approach, attitude, service accessibility and the way in which we offer ongoing support by ˜staying close” to our customers. We recognise that our customers require an individualised service and we are in a position to provide this. It is rare for projects to be able to holistically address a range of social and economic issues within a single organisation, however we recognise that families often face multiple barriers and we are unique in providing such an integrated and impactful service delivery model.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said:

“We have been overwhelmed by the number and calibre of entries received for the inaugural Investors in People Awards. It’s fantastic to see so many organisations nominated, demonstrating great people management practice and a commitment to staff development. Five Lamps should be extremely proud”

Investors in People is the UK’s leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for businesses to innovate, improve and grow, with a focus on good people making great business.

The Investors in People inaugural Awards will be held at the Investors in People accredited London’s Landmark Hotel on 23 June, hosted by Hugh Dennis.

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