0 John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance Awarded Investors in People

John O'Conner (GM) Limited, a grounds maintenance business established in 1969, is the first organisation to be awarded Investors in People accreditation by Lantra Sector Skills Council, the land-based and environmental Investors in People Centre.

John O'Conner (GM) Limited holds contracts with local authorities, education establishments, housing associations and businesses in the corporate sector across the South of England, Greater London and the Midlands. The organisation employs between 350 and 450 people, depending upon seasonal demands.

The business prides itself on its professionalism and high quality of service and is already accredited to ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management), OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety management) and ISO 10002 (customer care) standards. This was the first time John O'Conner (GM) Limited has been formally assessed against the Investors in People Standard.

John O'Conner, Chairman of John O'Conner (GM) Ltd said: "You have to go the extra mile to make sure the customers can see your dedication. People are at the heart of John O'Conner and we invest in them because we believe in them."

Investors in People is a business improvement tool which supports staff development linked with continuously looking to improve the quality of service delivery. Investors in People supports and accredits employers that follow a structured business development programme. Research shows that Investors in People helps improve the financial performance of a business, by helping them continually strive to deliver more services for less.*

Estelle Caddoo, Investors in People Assessor for Lantra said: "John O'Conner (GM) Limited lives by the business values that Investors in People is built upon. The organisation invests time, money and resources in developing its people through formal and informal learning routes. We have concluded that John O'Conner (GM) Ltd meets the requirements of the Investors in People Standard and I am happy to congratulate them as Lantra's first accredited business."

Lantra is one of five newly approved centres, and is the first and only Sector Skills Council (SSC) to have the opportunity and responsibility to deliver Investors in People. The programme is run by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

For more information on Investors in People or to find out how it can help your business grow, please visit www.lantra.co.uk/investors-in-people or email investorsinpeople@lantra.co.uk or call 02476 858408. To find out more about John O'Conner (GM) Ltd, visit www.johnoconner.co.uk or call 0845 604 7302.

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