Builders’ merchant chain Ridgeons achieves Investor in People gold standard

Angela Rushforth, managing director of Ridgeons, with the firm's Investors in People gold accreditat

Angela Rushforth, managing director of Ridgeons, with the firm's Investors in People gold accreditation. - Credit: Archant

Regional timber and builders’ merchant chain Ridgeons has been awarded a “gold” rating under ther Investors in People (IiP) programme.

The IiP scheme recognises the dedication of employers to people management and staff training.

The gold award is the top prize, reserved for businesses that champion best practice and high performance through their people, and is recognised worldwide as a sign of excellence.

Ridgeons has held IiP accreditation since 1998 and in the last three years has jumped from Bronze to Gold standard by meeting 180 out of a possible 196 evidence criteria.

Following its latest re-accreditation, IiP assessors praised Ridgeons for its staff engagement, corporate social responsibility efforts, culture, ethos and company-wide transparency, as well as its quantity and quality of training, including coaching, mentoring and talent management.


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Angela Rushforth, banaging director at Ridgeons, said; “Achieving Investors in People Gold is something we’ve been working towards for years now.

“People and relationships are hugely important to us and are what keep our business growing. Whether that’s a positive relationship between staff and customers or employee and line manager, we are successful because we provide platforms for staff to succeed and develop their career.

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“Investors in People Gold is a brilliant achievement for everyone at Ridgeons and it shows our commitment to staff, which continues to help us attract the top talent to our business.”

Ridgeons, which was established in 1911, now employs more than 800 people across the East of England, in location sincluding including Cambridge, Peterborough, Norwich, Ipswich, Bedford and Colchester.

In addition to 26 builders’ merchant sites, the Ridgeons group of companies includes Ridgeons Forest Products, CRS Wholesale and Anglia Tool Centre.

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