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Prima Solutions: Gold Standard Investors in People since 2012

At Prima Solutions, we have our people’s interests and welfare at the heart of the business, whether they are staff, partners, student placements or customers

Our tag line of ‘You’d enjoy working with us too!’ is something we truly believe in

Our values are right at the centre of everything we do – not just something we say to meet a set of requirements needed to gain an IIP accreditation

As a small business, we want to be better; Working in partnership with our customers and employees; having professional processes for engaging with our customers and employees; producing consistently high results; and high staff retention

Here’s just a selection of some of the strengths highlighted in the report

“The induction was second to none and perfect”

“The mentoring culture runs through from the top and everyone really values each other and everyone’s contribution”

“People are open and trusting of each other at whatever level. They work hard and enjoy what they do and the people they do it with”

“There is most definitely a culture that encourages continuous learning and promotes the development of skills and knowledge at every level”

IIP gives us a solid point of reference and framework for all our business activities:

A clear statement of culture and values against which we can all measure ourselves

A clear annual statement of our business plan, objectives and development needs

A clear statement of our expectations of our managers in terms of people management

A clear communication of all of the above at a company and individual level

The work doesn’t stop at the assessment either, there is a Continuous Improvement Programme that looks at ways to actively engage employees, ensuring that our principles and processes are applied consistently and that employees actively drive positive outcomes by taking ownership

Our current team of Champions are looking at different areas of the business and holding workshops with other team members to get their input and feedback, which we believe provides real ownership in the outputs. Subjects include: Leading & Inspiring People, Empowering & Involving People, Living the Organisations Values & Behaviours, Structuring Work and Building Capability

And if you wondered what Investors in People is, then read on…

Who are Investors in People? : Investors in People or IIP, started in 1991 and are owned and managed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, a publicly funded, industry-led organisation

IIP is the standard for people management; defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people for sustained success. Prima Solutions have been an accredited company since 1999 and are really proud to be Gold Standard award holders since 2012, re-assessed in 2015; It is very rare to be awarded Gold twice in succession!

What does an assessment consist of: The ‘standard’ explores practices and outcomes within an organisation under 3 performance headings:

Leading; providing clear objectives and inspiring people to deliver in a culture of trust and ownership

Supporting; an organisational structure to deliver the business objectives, supported by performance planning, recognising and rewarding high performance

Improving; continually delivering improvements with employee involvement

Each company is then assessed and marked on 172 evidence requirements.
Companies receive feedback on effectiveness of organisational processes and practices and whether there continues to be sufficient formality to report back and learn, areas of strength and areas for improvement are also identified