Blakemore Retail achieves Investors in People Silver status

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Following a recent assessment Blakemore Retail is celebrating after achieving Investors in People Silver status.

Investors in People is a nationally recognised quality standard that Blakemore Retail has held since 2002. The Silver status comes just three years after Blakemore Retail achieved Bronze in 2013.

The assessment process looks for continuous improvement in the way that the business communicates trains and develops its staff, and prepares for future challenges.

As part of Blakemore Retail’s assessment process, more than 200 colleagues from across Blakemore Retail’s Spar store estate were interviewed.

Investors in People practitioner Kathryn Shepherd said: “Silver accreditation is a fantastic outcome given the size of the company and complexity of the working environment, which brings further challenges in delivering effective support for people.

“The Blakemore Way was even better understood and embedded. People seem to live the Blakemore Way rather than just being able to quote a set of values.

“The level of consistency was more impressive than last time and the accreditation seems to be even more robust than was the case for Bronze- a real achievement in a period of just three years. Many congratulations to everyone for their contribution to this success; it could only have been realized through the participation of people at all levels throughout Blakemore Retail.”

Blakemore Retail training manager Kerry Hunt said: “I would like to extend a big thank you to all those that took part or assisted with the assessment and a very special thanks to all those that are out there working hard week in / week out as this has resulted in making the Silver accreditation possible.”

With more than 5,500 employees and 295 Spar stores located across England and Wales, Blakemore Retail is the largest independent convenience store operator in the UK.