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Leading charity retains Investors in People Standard for a third time


Published by Porchlight for Porchlight in Housing and also in Communities

Jeff Southon, Director of Human Resources at Porchlight Jeff Southon, Director of Human Resources at Porchlight

A leading charity which supports homeless and vulnerable people has been presented with a nationally recognised award.

Porchlight, which works across Kent and Croydon, was awarded the Investors in People Standard for staff development and training, and joins more than 22,000 ambitious organisations in the UK that are recognised against the Investors in People framework.

Originally created to help businesses recover after the recession of the 1980s, the national quality Standard is equally as relevant today. Awarded to well-run organisations which demonstrate good management practice with a high emphasis on best practice people management and development, the Standard encourages growth, profitability and efficiency.

Jeff Southon, Director of Human Resources at Porchlight, which has some 177 employees, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have retained our Investors in People recognition for a third time. We recognise that our people are the key to us achieving our goals as a charity and we are committed to using the IIP framework to further develop our employee support, training and development processes going forward.

“In a recent staff survey, 77% of people said that Porchlight is a great place to work and it is very pleasing to have this view reinforced through the IIP review process. By the time of our next review in 2016, our aspiration is to achieve Gold Standard recognition.”

Research shows that organisations of any type and size that adopt a comprehensive approach to people development perform better than those without, indicated by higher gross profits per employee, higher profit margins and higher productivity. Companies that have achieved the Investors in People Standard also have higher levels of trust, co-operation and commitment than their competitors.

John Telfer, Managing Director of Investors in People South, said: “This award is a celebration of both management and staff learning from each other and collaborating together to create an efficient and enjoyable working environment. I look forward to hearing about further success and award recognition from Porchlight in the future.”

To find out more about the benefits of Investors in People, visit, email or call 020 7492 5960.


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