Winners unveiled at CIPD 2014 Awards

Virgin Money took the team prize at last night's glittering CIPD North East 2014 Awards

Virgin Money were the big winners at the CIPD awards

A group which has undergone rapid change following acquisition triumphed as HR&D Team of the Year at the CIPD North East of England Awards 2014.

Virgin Money took the coveted team prize at the grand final of the search for the employers who go that extra mile to help their company.

Organised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in association with Newcastle-based Nigel Wright Recruitment, and in partnership with The Journal, the annual awards celebrate people who have demonstrated great determination in their recruitment and training processes.

Around 400 people attended the awards ceremony at the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton, hosted by Kim Inglis.

Judges spent weeks poring over entries from across the region before deciding on the winners, which included Virgin Money’s ‘People Team’, who have been heavily focused on the build of the business since buying out Northern Rock in November 2011.

The firm, which has around 2,800 employees, introduced a new HR system this March, providing colleagues and managers with much greater control and access to more information.

The ‘People Team’ successfully implemented new harmonised terms and conditions with 99.6% of colleagues signing up to them.

They also created 250 new roles – representing more than 10% growth for the business – and introduced a new flexible benefits scheme.

In all, seven trophies were handed out over the course of evening which including a fundraising event and a lavish three-course meal.

The winners:

Innovation in Social Media or Technology Award, sponsored by Nigel Wright Recruitment – LSL Property Services

Change Management Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Cintra HR & Payroll Services – Arriva North East

Excellence in Developing People Award, sponsored by CIPD North East of England Branch – Technology Services Group

SME Excellence in HR&D Award, sponsored by The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – Waterstons Ltd, Business & IT Consultancy

Engagement & Well-being Award, sponsored by Northumbrian Water – Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Ltd

Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Award, sponsored by Home Group – The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

HR&D Team of the Year Award, sponsored by Clarke Mairs LLP – Virgin Money

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer