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FTA makes the most of golden opportunity

The Freight Transport Association has been presented with a prestigious national award, which is awarded to just 3.2% of organisations in the UK. The FTA was awarded the Investors in People Gold award for going above and beyond in the way it develops, supports and motivates its team.

The FTA is one of the UK’s largest trade associations and represents the transport interests of companies moving goods by road, rail, sea and air. Boasting a rich heritage, FTA has been supporting the interests of the transport industry since 1889, and currently employs 420 people in the UK and Europe.

Theo de Pencier, FTA Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to have elevated our operations to IIP Gold award status. I believe that our total commitment to developing the skills, attitudes and job satisfaction of our staff results in our ability to provide the best possible level of service for our members.”

The Gold award has been awarded to fewer than 700 organisations in the country and celebrates those that perform beyond the core Investors in People Standard. The Standard provides a solid foundation for further growth and development and is awarded to well-run organisations which meet set criteria, including learning and development, leadership skills and recognition and rewarding of staff, amongst others.

John Telfer, Managing Director of Inspiring Business Performance Ltd (IBP), the organisation that delivers Investors in People for London and the South, said:

“The current economic climate makes it even more important that an organisation adapts to survive. The Freight Transport Association is a shining example that proves organisations can achieve great things during challenging times.

“Being recognised as an Investor in People is becoming increasingly more important, and the higher the level of accreditation, the better it reflects on your organisation to potential employees, investors and customers. FTA should be extremely proud of its achievement.”

An organisation can achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold status by meeting additional evidence requirements from across the Investors in People framework. To secure the Gold award, an organisation must meet a total of 165 or more different standards, including 39 core accreditation standards.

Working with Investors in People is proven to improve financial performance, productivity and profitability. Companies that have achieved the Investors in People Standard also have higher levels of trust, co-operation and commitment than their competitors.

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