Blakemore Retail has received the Gold accolade in the prestigious Investors in People accreditation, the company announced.

Investors in People is a nationally recognised quality standard for people management, that looks for continuous improvement in how businesses train and develop staff.

Blakemore Retail has held Investors in People accreditation since 2002, with the Gold status coming just three years after the business achieved Silver in 2016.

Platinum is the highest level of accreditation.

This is the first time that a division within A.F. Blakemore has achieved gold accreditation.

“Reaching Gold accreditation against a more challenging set of criteria than three years ago is a truly remarkable achievement for everyone especially during a time of change and increased competition,” commented Bob Morrison, Investors in People Practitioner.

“Open management, good teamwork and taking personal responsibility for achieving targets, alongside a very strong sense of pride in providing a great level of service to customers and local communities were key factors in gaining this award.”

As part of Blakemore Retail’s assessment process, almost 90 colleagues were interviewed, including people from various areas and locations within the company. Site visits were also conducted across Blakemore Retail stores and the company’s head office.

“The assessment was robust, challenging and far reaching. I would like to extend a big thank you to all those that took part in or assisted with the assessment,” said Kerry Hunt, training & development manager at Blakemore Retail.

“A very special thanks goes to all those that are out there working hard week in, week out, as this has resulted in making the Gold accreditation possible.”