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Red Funnel wins silver Investors in People award


Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight specialist has been awarded silver status following an independent assessment by Investors in People in December 2011.

Investors in People is the UK's leading people management standard and a business improvement tool designed to help organisations develop performance through their people.  This silver status demonstrates Red Funnel’s on going commitment to training and development across the entire company.

Red Funnel employs around 450 people and the independent assessor selected and interviewed 50 employees on a variety of subjects to gauge opinion and identify evidence of how people feel about working practices at Red Funnel. The assessment review found particularly strong evidence that the Company’s core values are understood by all, and that people agree and believe in them. Most staff were able to describe how they demonstrate these values on a daily basis. There was also a strong recognition that staff have a clearer understanding of customer needs and wishes and a powerful teamworking ethic exists.  People at Red Funnel generally feel they are listened to, and that their opinions and ideas are important.

James Fulford, CEO Red Funnel commented “We don’t organise our practises specifically around achieving awards, although  we do  try to manage all of our operations in the best way possible, so we are really pleased that all our hard work has paid off.  The silver status is a worthwhile credit as only 2.2% of 21,974 recognised organisations in the UK  have been awarded Investors in People silver recognition*. We keep striving to be the best and to create the best working environment for our staff, so we are already planning ways to improve our people management further, with a view to achieving gold status in the future.” 

Located in Southampton Red Funnel has been an influential local employer for many years.  In 2011 Red Funnel celebrated its 150th anniversary and the ferry company has roots which stretch back to 1820.

John Telfer, Managing Director of Inspiring Business Performance Ltd (IBP), which is responsible for delivering the Investors in People Standard across London and the South, said: “This award is a celebration of both management and staff learning from each other and collaborating together to create an efficient and enjoyable working environment. I look forward to hearing about further success and award recognition from Red Funnel in the future.”

*This information is correct as of the end of September 2011 and provided by the United Kingdom Commission for Employment and Skills.

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Notes to editors

Red Funnel

Red Funnel was formed in 1861 and is today a modern and highly successful cross Solent ferry operator and travel and leisure company based in the UK City of Southampton. Group activities include cross-Solent ferries, UK holidays, and freight services. 

Investors in People

• The Investors in People Standard provides a practical framework for improving business performance and competitiveness through good practice in people management. 

• An organisation that has achieved the Standard has been successful in adopting and maintaining its three fundamental principles: Plan - developing strategies to improve the performance of the organisation, from business goals to leadership strategies; Do - implementing those strategies, taking action to improve the performance of the organisation; Review - evaluating and adjusting those strategies, measuring their impact on the performance of the organisation. 

For more information on Investors in People visit

Inspiring Business Performance (IBP) enables organisations to build success and competitive advantage through the alignment of their people with the business direction and objectives. IBP helps businesses develop a more motivated and productive workforce, inspired to perform and achieve.

Through providing consultancy and a range of innovative products and solutions from the strategic to the tactical, we help our clients to create working environments where employees want to contribute and succeed, and businesses that customers want to engage with. IBP will work with you to address challenges, find solutions and implement improvements to reach your business goals.

Working with organisations from all sectors and sizes, our clients range from small businesses to multinationals.

With a solid track record of successfully helping organisations achieve accreditations, such as Investors in People and Lexcel, IBP now offers a range of practical solutions for business

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