North-East-based ScS, one of the UK’s leading sofa and carpet specialists, is celebrating being accredited with Investors in People status for 15 consecutive years, reaffirming the company’s status as one of the best in the world when it comes to people management, and acknowledging the commitment and dedication of its employees.

Since 1991, Investors in People has set the standard for better people management at organisations around the world. The standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people for sustainable results.

Kim Turnbull, HR manager at ScS, says: “As a company, we’re focused on finding the best people for the job and, when they join us, making sure they are supported to enable them to succeed in their roles and enjoy long and rewarding careers with us. We strive to provide our employees with a strong support network with excellent management and leadership. We’re genuinely passionate about people and are thrilled that our approach and commitment to our people has been recognised for another year by Investors in People.”

During the 2016 financial year (August 2015 – July 2016), ScS employees have celebrated a combined 1255 years’ service, further justifying the accreditation and highlighting the contribution of its employees’ dedication in the company’s success.

55-year-old Pam Middleton, supply chain manager, and 59-year-old Rita Ray, the company’s receptionist, together have 70 years’ service at ScS, and the company recently acknowledged their contribution with a Special Recognition Award presented at the group’s annual awards ceremony.

Also during the 2016 financial year, ScS and its employees across the UK have donated and raised a total of £44,000 for a number of charities, such as St Oswald’s Hospice, TEXT SANTA, MacMillan Cancer Support, Action for Children, Sport Relief,Make-A-Wish UK, and many more.

David Knight, chief executive at ScS, says: “Our employees are very much the heartbeat of our business, and at ScS it is very common to see long service awards being handed out for 10, 15 and even 20 years plus. Our success is very much down to our people and their dedication and commitment to both the business and our customers is what sets us apart.

“At ScS, we’re also committed to helping our employees support causes that they’re passionate about which is why we get involved in various bake sales, challenges and other local and national fundraising campaigns to help our team raise as much money as possible for causes close to their hearts. We firmly believe that charity starts at home, which is why we chose to support local causes such as St Oswald’s Hospice. This year alone we’ve donated and raised funds of more than £6,000 by sponsoring and getting behind its Snowdog campaign.”