Bidvest Foodservice is celebrating after its Paddock Wood depot achieved the Gold Standard Investors in People accreditation last month, making it one of the top seven per cent Investors in People organisations Worldwide.
The national award is the highest accolade in people management practices. It recognises the depot’s ongoing commitment to supporting employees in their careers as well as providing further development opportunities, community engagement, sustainability initiatives and training.
Following a rigorous assessment process which included interviews with 45 staff members, Paddock Wood excelled in 127 out of the 134 assessment areas, and was raised from an ‘accredited’ organisation – which it achieved in 2013 – to Gold.
Bidvest Foodservice was particularly noted for the comprehensive three-day induction process it offers all new starters at Paddock Wood, reinforcing the vital role that all individuals play in business success from the outset. It was also praised for its employee initiatives including ‘Warehouse to Wheels’ and ‘Job opportunity January’, and for numerous community engagement schemes including donating suitable products to local pig farms to cut down on food waste.
Derek Moore, General Manager, Bidvest Foodservice Paddock Wood depot says: “We know it is very rare for a company to go straight from an ‘accredited’ organisation to Gold in just three years, so we are immensely proud at Paddock Wood for all the team has done to achieve this.
“Team members often tell me they feel part of the family from the minute they arrive at the Paddock Wood depot, and can see how they contribute to the overall business, and this was something that was particularly highlighted by Investors in People.
“Our employee initiatives are designed to ensure staff feel valued, such as our “Insight days”, where every team member is given the opportunity to shadow someone else in the company, allowing them to identify roles they may be interested in progressing into in the future.
“As part of our corporate responsibility and commitment to our prison service contract, we also employ people in depot roles, who have recently come to the end of their sentence with Her Majesty’s Prison Service and support their rehabilitation back into the community.
“Our charitable fund is important too. Every week we have a ‘Mufti’ day, where everyone in the company pays a pound to wear casual clothes. This either goes towards team sponsorships, or into the charitable fund which is used to support customers with raffles and other charity initiatives.”