The company, which assembles fluid control valves for use in a wide variety of markets including energy, opted to bypass the core standard accreditation, covering 39 requirements for a business to meet, and be assessed directly for Bronze, for which a further 26 evidences must be displayed.
The Investors in People framework consists of numerous assessment categories, with Watson Smith selected Learning & Development Strategy, Leadership & Management Strategy, Learning & Development and Business Strategy as its assessment criteria for its Bronze accreditation.
To receive IiP accreditation, companies are required to undergo a detailed, independent analysis of operations on site and interviews with staff.
“We had only recently launched a new business strategy, so the timing seemed perfect to test that against the IiP Framework.
“We were commended by the assessor for going straight to Bronze, rather than the basic level assessment.
“Silver, and eventually Gold standards are something we will certainly be looking at in the future.”
“Watson Smith should be very proud of their achievement, particularly as they have gone beyond the core requirements of the Standard.
“I hope other organisations will look to them as an example of what can be done when staff and managers work together.”
Watson Smith employs around 50 staff at its headquarters on Cross Chancellor Street, Leeds.