Strong Week for Aberdeen as two companies celebrate attaining Investors in People Accreditation

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Aberdeen based Cresent and the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre have both announced they have met the Investors in People standard.

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It’s vital that we invest in our staff not only to allow them to reach their full potential, but also to ensure we retain the skills set and knowledge that we are so lucky to have.

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) and control of work specialists Cresent are proud to announce they have achieved the prestigious Investors in People Accreditation.

the AECC have gone above the Standard and have been recognised at Bronze level.

Commenting on the award, Graeme Cumming, Finance Director at AECC who oversees the Investors in People initiative at the Centre said: “I am delighted that AECC have achieved the IiP accreditation. This demonstrates our on-going support of and commitment to our workforce. It also mirrors our stance on developing a more sustainable way of working and our current ISO20121 journey, by investing in our team.”

Brian Horsburgh, Managing Director at AECC, commented: “We believe that ‘It’s Always the People Who Make the Venue’ and working with Investors in People demonstrates that we acknowledge and buy into that concept. As an employer of over 70 full-time equivalent and more than 400 casual staff, our people are what keeps the Company moving forward and delivering the high level of service we are renowned for which, in-turn, keeps our clients returning year-on-year. Investors in People gives us the chance to show our commitment to our staff and we are delighted to have achieved the Bronze Accreditation.”

Cresent Managing Director Tracie Watson knows only too well the importance of staff development, having originally joined the company in an administrative role before rising through the ranks.

She has overseen the introduction of the internal People Excellence programme - a scheme which focuses on employees’ professional growth that was the catalyst for Cresent aiming for IIP.

She explains, “We were in the process of undertaking our People Excellence programme to review and implement new HR practices, and going for Investors in People seemed like the next logical step.

“Looking back to the early days of Cresent, it is clear that people and their skills have been central to its success. The company – and subsequently our WorkSafe® brand – was developed by people who came together to raise the standards of health and safety in the oil and gas industry.”

“We realised that people working together, combining their skills, knowledge and passion was central to the company and that is why we put a huge emphasis on HR practices in order to help people develop. It’s vital that we invest in our staff not only to allow them to reach their full potential, but also to ensure we retain the skills set and knowledge that we are so lucky to have.”

“In achieving the accreditation we have focused on getting the basics right, shown a commitment to moving on to the next level and, above all, engaged with our employees by setting out where we intend to go and how it will be achieved.”

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