Running a tight ship has never been more important than in a tough economic climate.

EMB Excellence Ltd wants local organisations to raise their profile and celebrate recognition of their Investors in People

Stephen Smith, CEO of EMB Ltd

Running a tight ship has never been more important than in a tough economic climate.  EMB Excellence Ltd wants local organisations to raise their profile and celebrate recognition of their Investors in People achievements, reinforcing their commitment to high quality, increased efficiency and continuous improvement.

A wide range of local organisations who are beginning their Investors in People journey can be inspired by those who have achieved the Standard. Chris Pratt, Managing Director of East Midlands based Superclean Services Wothorpe Ltd says, “We have recently committed to the Standard and are already seeing the benefits of the Investors in People framework. The flexibility it offers is great for any organisation of any size, and across any sector.”


Stephen Smith, CEO of EMB Ltd the leading enterprise and economic development company that delivers a range of business improvement services, including The Investors in People Standard across the West Midlands area says, “As an organisation, we are committed to helping organisations improve, grow and develop skills. During the current economic climate, we are seeing more customers grow their business and develop their organisation by using the Standard and are delighted to celebrate some of these achievements with our clients.”


Cris Hammond HR Manager from Hanley Building Society who recently achieved the Gold Award adds, “From our experience, we have certainly found that Investors in People has benefited our organisation. By matching what people can do, and are motivated to do, with what the organisation needs them to do, The Standard has enabled our employees to drive the business forward and improve the bottom line.”


Skills Minister John Hayes said: “With the help of Investors in People, forward-looking businesses are reaping the economic benefits of valuing their people. The corporate benefits in terms of higher growth, productivity and profitability are clear. The workforce will be happier, more engaged in the running of the business and ultimately take a greater personal stake in the work.

“EMB Ltd has been helping organisations establish this ethos over the past 5 years. The positive effects of their work are felt not only in my own constituency in rural Lincolnshire, but right across the East Midlands, the industrial West Midlands, and as far afield as the East of England.”

The Standard is based on four key principles for people development:

  • commitment to develop employees to achieve business goals
  • planning to review learning and development requirements in the context of the


  • action to assure relevant steps are taken to meet training and development needs
  • evaluation to measure the outcomes of learning and development for individuals and the organisation.

Research conducted amongst Investor in People organisations has shown that 80 percent have increased levels of customer satisfaction and 70 per cent have improved their productivity, and the organisations here today should be justifiably proud of their achievements.”

Sandra Vaughan, Business Development Manager of Sandwell Mind who also achieved the Gold award commented that  “Investors In People has enabled us to focus on what we do well and to look at our achievements in promoting staff and volunteer development.  We are now able to look to the future and use Investors In People standards to enhance our work in the mental health field.”

To find out more about how the Investors in People framework can improve your business productivity, performance and competitiveness, contact emb-x on 0845 872 7727 email or visit

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