We’re the ‘Best Newcomer’

McCools SuperValu, Ballymoney celebrate winning the Best Newcomer  category in the third annual Investors in People Awards. inbm29-16s
McCools SuperValu, Ballymoney celebrate winning the Best Newcomer category in the third annual Investors in People Awards. inbm29-16s

McCool’s SuperValu, Ballymoney is continuing its Investors in People (IIP) success having won the Best Newcomer (up to 249 employees) category in the third annual Investors in People Awards.

The IIP Awards, which received over 300 entries internationally, celebrate the best people management practices amongst Investors in People accredited businesses.

McCool’s Ballymoney is the first and only retail brand in Northern Ireland to achieve IIP Gold Standard and was shortlisted for achieving an increase in sales and improvement in performance within the context of a challenging retail environment.

The store used the IIP framework to develop an ambition to become one of the best local retailers in Northern Ireland and was also recently recognised at Musgrave’s Store of the Year Awards.

SuperValu Sales Director, Nigel Maxwell said, “This is fantastic recognition for Peter, Ian and all of the staff at SuperValu Ballymoney. Not only have they achieved the Investors in People Gold Standard accreditation but to now won the IIP Awards across an international level is testament to the dedication and hard work carried out by SuperValu Ballymoney’s management team.”

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said, “Once again we have been overwhelmed by the number and calibre of entries received for the Investors in People Awards. It’s fantastic to see so many organisations nominated for outperforming in their sector, demonstrating great people management practice and a commitment to staff development.”

Speaking after attending the grand final at Old Billingsgate, London last week, Store Manager Ian Elliot added: “I am delighted to announce that McCools SuperValu Ballymoney won an IIP global award in London for “The Best Newcomer” IIP Gold company. This is an amazing award to achieve, and it is down purely to our incredable staff in store who are so committed, passionate and loyal. Peter and I were both blown away, and are so so proud of all our team in store, we really cannot thank everyone enough for all their help and continued support over the years, and a special mention to John Mulholland, Elaine Sinclair and Geoff Johnston, and yes we did celebrate into the small hours of the morning!”