Public, private and voluntary organisations awarded in prestigious scheme
THREE organisations, two of them from Northern Ireland, have won EFQM Ireland Excellence awards in a prestigious recognition scheme that culminated yesterday.
Ballymoney based Triangle Housing Association, a non-profit making charity providing supported accommodation, family housing and specialised care and support services for tenants, and Moy Park’s Craigavon Coated Operations, which produces convenience coated chicken products, took the top accolades in the Centre for Competitiveness (CforC) organised event at the Clandeboye Lodge in Bangor.
The event, celebrating its 21st year, was supported by Ulster Bank, Capita, the Department of Finance and Personnel and NIE.
Through the process, which awards organisations from a range of industries and sectors in Ireland, applicants from across the island can measure themselves against each other, learning from a wide pool of best practice. In total this year 15 organisations, including 12 from Northern Ireland, won awards of various levels of recognition.
Winners undergo rigorous examination and must illustrate their employees’ dedication, low absenteeism, high productivity, customer satisfaction and superior financial performance.
Crowne Plaza Northwood in Dublin, a hotel and conference centre, also picked up an Ireland Excellence Award, the highest award available in the highly-regarded EFQM scheme.
All three of the Ireland Excellence Award winners were also recognised for Excellence 5 Star, an award which also was presented to Ashton Community Trust, a social enterprise organisation in North Belfast.
Springvale Employment and Learning Solutions and the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust received Recognised 4 Excellence 4 Star awards.
CforC Chief Executive Bob Barbour said: “This years’ award recipients represent a range of industries across sectors who have a commitment to ensure excellence is an integral part of what they do so I warmly congratulate them on their achievements.”
“There are many advantages for organisations in taking part in the Excellence Awards process, and by passionately pursuing quality excellence they become leaner, more profitable, more sustainable and therefore more competitive,” he adds.
Those attending the event heard speeches from Marc Amblard, CEO of EFQM and Alastair Ross MLA, Chairman of the Justice Committee