TYNESIDE accountancy Tait Walker is the only firm in its field in mainland Britain to have scored the top marks for looking after its staff, in a leading scheme.
The independent firm has achieved the prestigious gold standard in the Investors in People (IIP) scheme. Only one other accountancy practice holds Gold and that is based in Northern Ireland.
Some 30,000 organisations across 50 countries hold an IIP standard. However, achieving the Gold Standard places Tait Walker in the top 1% of UK businesses who hold IIP accreditations.
Presently in the North East, 44 organisations have achieved the Gold standard and most of these are schools. Nationally 210 organisations have achieved the same standard. Tait Walker, which employs 140 people across three offices in Newcastle, Tees Valley and Northumberland, has held IIP for 16 years.
Managing partner David Arthur said: “Going for Investors in People accreditation is a large commitment and investment for the practice, but to think that Tait Walker is the only accountancy practice in mainland Britain to hold the Gold Standard is a significant achievement for the partners and the rest of the team.
“I believe this latest success reflects our forward thinking approach and the investment we make in developing the skills of our employees at every level. It also demonstrates to clients, and those wishing to work with Tait Walker, that we achieve and maintain high standards. All of which combine to ensure that we provide them with the high levels of service they have come to expect.”
Tara Bilton, head of marketing and communications at idg, official partner for Investors in People in the North of England, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Tait Walker. I would like to congratulate the organisation and its people on their commitment to continuous improvement.
“Achieving gold puts Tait Walker in an elite group of organisations showcasing world-class best practice. Investors in People Gold shows a truly cutting-edge organisation operating at the highest levels of people management practice.
“Tait Walker should be proud of their achievements, and act as an inspiration to others in their industry.”