Double H achieves gold standard

Double H Nurseries, which supplies house plants to national retailers, has been awarded the Investors in People Gold award for going above and beyond in the way they develop, support and motivate their team.

The award was presented to the company by Rt. Honourable Desmond Swayne MP at a celebration on 15 November.

Double H traces its origins in New Milton back four generations with the current company established in Gore Road in 1961. It has 130 staff and supplies more than 100,000 plants per week including many branded orchid products and its plants are exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show each year. It is currently preparing to supply more than 500,000 poinsettias to its customers before Christmas.

Managing director Neil Stevenson said: "This award is a mark of the progress we have made since we first started on the Investor’s in People path in 1997. Our people are critical to our reputation for service and quality and we are proud of what they have achieved."

The gold award has been awarded to fewer than 700 organisations in the country, and celebrates those that perform beyond the core Investors in People Standard. The Standard "provides a solid foundation for further growth and development and is awarded to well-run organisations which meet set criteria, including learning and development, leadership skills and recognition and reward of staff among others".

Assessor Cath Parish said in her report: "Throughout this review it was clear the Leadership Team are leading by example in the way they are always looking to improve their own skills and knowledge."

Inspiring Busienss Performance managing director John Telfer said: "The current economic climate makes it even more important that an organisation adapts to survive. Double H Nurseries is a shining example that proves organisations can achieve great things during challenging times."

Being recognised as an Investor in People is becoming increasingly more important, and the higher the level of accreditation, the better it reflects on your organisation to potential employees, investors and customers. Double H should be extremely proud of their achievement."

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