Putting its people first has enabled Penzance based organisation to gain a nationally accredited award.

Isles of Scilly Steamship Group which employs over 200 staff has been awarded the Investors in People Standard for the 18th consecutive year, for the way they develop support and motivate their team.

The company operates the Scillonian III passenger ship daily from March to November into St Mary’s from Penzance Harbour, and the airline Skybus, from Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter Airports. In addition their freight ship Gry Maritha operates from Penzance Harbour to St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, all services offering a lifeline link to and from the Mainland.

In a year that has seen significant investment by the company into its travel facilities, with £2 million spent on refurbishing the Scillonian III, the completion of a new £1m passenger terminal at Land’s End Airport and the lease of a new Twin Otter Skybus to meet the passenger demand; the Investors in People award highlights and supports the continued growth and success of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group.

The Investors in People framework, is suitable for organisations at any size and in any sector and transforms business performance through people, helping companies to achieve their objectives by targeting specific priorities within the organisation.

Jeff Marston, CEO of Isles of Scilly Steamship Group said:

“The support of all our staff has been important in meeting the considerable challenges that the Group has faced during the past 2 years. The Groups Board appreciates their contribution to our success and in many cases exceeding the demands placed on the Group during this period of exceptional change.”

Organisations that have achieved the Investors in People Standard generally have lower staff turnover and sickness rates, lower recruitment costs and a reduced likelihood of litigation. In addition, they tend to have increased levels of profitability, employee engagement and productivity.

John Telfer, Managing Director of Inspiring Business Performance (IBP), the organisation that delivers Investors in People for London and the South, said “Isles of Scilly Steamship Group should be congratulated for the way in which management and staff have come together to produce real results. I hope other organisations in the industry will look at them as a great example of what can be achieved”.