Gold medal chamber

The low bridge over the Sankey Canal, next to St Helens Chamber on Salisbury Street, St Helens.'Chris A
The low bridge over the Sankey Canal, next to St Helens Chamber on Salisbury Street, St Helens.'Chris A

ST Helens Chamber has been named among the top one per cent of UK employers.

The local chamber of commerce was awarded gold status in its recent Investors in People review, placing it among an elite band of UK employers.

It was originally recognised as in Investor in People in 1995 and has maintained its recognition since then, first being awarded Gold status in 2008 and then again in May this year.

The top accreditation is only awarded to organisations that demonstrate a commitment to the learning and development of their employees and achieve best practice in people management.

Investors in People assessor Janet O’Brien said: “Achieving gold recognition represents achievement of world-class best practice and shows that the Chamber is a truly cutting-edge organisation, operating at the highest levels of people management practice.”

Debbie Brown, the director of central services at the Chamber, said: “I was delighted to hear that we had maintained gold standard. In recent years we have put a lot of effort into further improving our practices, including rolling out a new Annual Performance Review and staff development system, and the positive effects of this have clearly been recognised by the accreditation.

“This recognition is a credit to our hard-working and dedicated staff who embrace their ongoing learning and development as part of their everyday activities.

“Our staff are passionate about their roles and provide excellent service to our customers, continuously evolving to meet the requirements of the ever-changing environment in which we work.”

This recognition from Investors in People is the most recent in a string of high-profile awards made to St Helens Chamber in recent years, including the prestigious title of Chamber of the Year, awarded last year by the British Chamber of Commerce.