DMM awarded Gold for Investors in People

28 October, 2016
UK head of IIP, Paul Devoy, presenting the gold award plaque to DMM’s HR manager, Suzanne Bonnett.

DMM is proud to have attained the Investors in People (IIP) gold standard, joining the top seven percent of accredited organisations across the UK.

The company began its IIP journey in 1992, when it became the first company in Wales to achieve the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating its commitment to developing the organisation and its people, in line with best practice set out in the Standard. Achieving the gold standard requires a very much higher level of commitment to investing in the workforce.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People for the UK, presenting the award at DMM's manufacturing base in Llanberis, said: “We would like to congratulate DMM on this achievement. Gold accreditation is the sign of a great employer with an outstanding place to work and a clear commitment to success. DMM and their business partners gathered here today should be extremely proud of achieving such a fine result, and I am really pleased they are considering going on to apply for the platinum award.”

Richard Cuthbertson, DMM Group Chairman, thanked all the guests at the presentation for the backing they had given the company over many years and said: "Without a team approach DMM could never have achieved this important award."

Gethin Parry, Managing Director of DMM Engineering, added: “Manufacturing in Wales gives us the benefits of product development and innovation, allowing greater responsiveness to customer demands, faster turnaround times and improved product design and quality. None of this is achievable without the commitment of our employees and DMM's commitment to them.”

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. IIP enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale. IIP accreditation is held by 14,000 organisations across the world in 75 countries.

DMM is an important local employer with currently 180 personnel. A valuable and standout capability of DMM’s business is that it manufactures from end to end - taking basic raw materials through multiple operations to turn them into finished products. The final stage being marketing and distribution.

One of Wales' leading independent manufacturers, DMM supplies products to 50 different countries. DMM’s growth over the last 20 years has been driven by exports, with direct exports to over 50 countries now representing 65% of the company’s business. This growth has allowed for heavy reinvestment in capital equipment; particularly CNC machinery and in the sewing department.

Three of the original DMM directors (l-r: Richard Cuthbertson, Paul Simkiss, Fred Hall) with hot forge operator, Julie Jones, holding the latest and the 1992 Investors in People awards.