South Belfast groups congratulated for investing in people
A south Belfast support organisation is just one of a number of groups from across Northern Ireland to be congratulated on receiving a prestigious business award.
Mindwise, which employs 102 people, is among 31 organisations celebrating additional accreditation at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels against the Investors in People framework.
At a celebration event held in Belfast Castle Permanent Secretary of the Department for Employment and Learning, Derek Baker congratulated the organisations receiving the business award.
"This is a very special occasion as it celebrates Northern Ireland's businesses going above and beyond excellence, through Investors in People," he said.
"We know that organisations that invest in their people are much more likely to survive difficult times and times of change. It is commendable that those organisations achieving additional IiP accreditation, at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels, have demonstrated a clear commitment to continuing to invest in their people - and are indeed seeing the business benefits of doing so.
Other south Belfast organisations receiving awards include St Bride's Primary School and The Cedar Foundation charity and Allianz insurance group.
The Permanent Secretary added: "One of the key things that differentiates an organisation is its people. This is unambiguous. Businesses are facing the same challenges and it's tough out there at the minute.
"Technology and machinery are often similar within a sector. Competition can be fierce. So what gives a business the edge? It is your people. Your people, their skills, and how you manage them, that is what will transform your business performance."
Stressing the importance of the Investors in People process, Mr Baker concluded: "If you develop the skills of your employees and improve your employee engagement, success will ultimately follow. This has been proven, through working with Investors in People, time and time again, and its relevance is as important as ever."