Norad Travel Group, the leading independent travel management company and travel specialist has successfully achieved accreditation against the new sixth-generation Investors in People [IIP] standard following its original Silver Accreditation assessment in 2013.
Reporting on the company’s recent formal reassessment against the new standard, Investors in People observed that there was no doubting the company’s continued commitment to the worldrecognised standard, which acknowledges organisations that meet the very best in people management excellence. ‘There has always been a real commitment from the CEO to using the Investors in People framework as a route map for improving the way the organisation leads, manages and develops its staff,’ stated the report, adding ‘This is a great achievement especially as there have been so many changes within Norad Travel Group over the past three years and the new IIP framework is more stretching.’
Group Finance Director Tara Foy is the Norad board member responsible for the company’s HR strategies. Commenting on this latest award, Tara said ‘It is highly gratifying to have our unique people culture validated through the new sixth-generation IIP framework, and is clearly a brilliant result for the Company. Since the last award a significant investment has been made in organizational infrastructure, both of an IT and technical nature, and in providing stronger central support to frontline teams. And the Norad Academy, which sets out to develop young people in line with building the Company’s capabilities is going from strength to strength, creating a diverse workforce and introducing fresh ideas into the business as a result.’
Mick Gibbs, Chairman & CEO of Norad Travel Group added, ‘IIP accreditation is absolutely central to our ambitious growth strategy; it’s aimed specifically at improving performance throughout the business, from the new Leadership Team to the most recent student to join the Norad Academy. We are thrilled to receive this vital endorsement of our approach to people management, which is founded on our values bedrock of excellence, integrity and innovation. This success will further encourage us all individually to take ownership of our roles and responsibilities, improve the pace and quality of our decision-making and perform to our values set at every point of contact with customers, partners and colleagues.’
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About Norad Travel Group:
Norad Travel Group is a full service specialist travel management and leisure travel organization headquartered in Liss, Hampshire. Formed in 1981 Norad are members of the influential Guild of Travel Management Companies and partners in the Advantage consortium of independent travel agency companies. Chairman Mick Gibbs is also chairman of the Focus Group of travel management specialists within Advantage.
Norad Travel Group has underlined its growth intentions with the announcement that the company is to acquire an influential Northern Ireland independent agency. Enniskillen-based Erne Travel becomes the latest business to join the Group, following the successful assimilation of Howard Travel, the West Country holiday specialists bought in January last year.