Heron Bros wins global Investors in People award



Construction, property development and manufacturing business Heron Bros has been crowned the Investors in People Platinum Employer of the Year 2020.

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support, and manage people successfully to achieve sustainable results. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against, the best in the business, on an international scale.

Heron Bros first achieved Platinum status in 2016, the highest accolade that can be achieved and is currently held by only 1% of IIP accredited organisations world-wide. Heron Bros were the first business in any sector in N Ireland and the first construction company within the UK to achieve Investors In People Platinum status. Being recognised now as Employer of the Year Platinum 2020 demonstrates the excellence and highest standards which continue to drive Heron Bros.

Martin O’Kane, Heron Bros deputy managing director, said: “We’re delighted to be announced as the winner of this prestigious global award. This is a tremendous achievement and further demonstrates the commitment we have to our people. We acknowledge it is our people that have made this business what it is and we will continue our investment in the Heron Team.”

Grainne O’Kane, associate director HR & legal, said: “I am delighted Heron Bros has been awarded Platinum Employer of the Year 2020 by Investors In People. The award is of great significance in the history of our business as the Investors In People is a global standard with finalists selected world-wide.

“Whilst this is a business award, it is recognition of the contribution made by each and every employee, past and present. The Award is testament to the people values, the endeavours and standards of excellence of the entire Heron Team, working as one, going the extra mile, with a common sense of purpose.”

Heron Bros Ltd were nominated for this award in July and were required to enter two further submissions to reach the final ten entries.

The judges noted: “A ‘Wow’ factor all the way through this entry and I love it….your passion, energy and commitment to continuous improvement, innovation and supporting and developing your people to achieve the business plans. Well done to the whole Heron Bros Ltd team.”

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