POSTED: October 20 2016


ADVO Group Limited are delighted to announce that they have become one of the very few UK companies to be awarded GOLD status by Investors in People.

On 13 October 2016 it was confirmed by Investors in People (IIP) that ADVO has moved from Silver to GOLD accreditation joining only 20 other financial services sector firms in the South of England (as of 19th Oct 2016).

IIP explores an employer’s performance on how staff are supported, empowered and trained.  Through in-depth reporting, employee interviews and observation IIP evaluate a company’s own practices and whether key factors are developed, established or an advanced standard.

To move above the standard accreditation and achieve GOLD status all of IIP’s 9 main indicators have to be firmly established within a business with at least 7 at an advanced stage. Only 14% of companies that are awarded the standard accreditation go further to achieve GOLD.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate ADVO Group on their Gold standard. Such a high level of accreditation is the sign of great people management practice, and demonstrates a commitment to staff development and shows an organisation committed to being the very best it can be. ADVO should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

ADVO’s Operations Director, Gill Mateo confirms “We are delighted, the staff are wonderful and everyone at ADVO has worked hard to reach GOLD status, it is a fantastic achievement”

Colin Boxall, ADVO’s Commercial Director added “ADVO invests heavily in developing Employee Management Systems but we know our technology is only as good as the staff behind it. Our goal is always to have great people, train them extensively within a supportive culture and then use technology to make everything easier for everyone.”



Notes to editors

About ADVO Group

The ADVO Group encompasses payroll, employee benefit and wider health and wellbeing management for just under 1,000 employers both in the UK and around the world with a focus on the SME and smaller corporates, in addition to personal individual advice on health insurances. ADVO uses in-house technology systems, available to all clients, to allow better management of multiple staff benefits, that extends to staff portals and flexible benefit platforms.

For more information please contact:
Colin Boxall, Commercial Director

ADVO House, St Leonards Road, Maidstone, ME16 0LS
T: 0845 257 8833

About Investors in People

Investors in People makes people management excellence count. They exist to help businesses realise the potential of their people, improve standards and gain the accreditation to prove it.

Through the respected Standard, business insight and the IIP bank of tools and resources, organisations of all shapes and sizes can put their people first – and discover a brighter business future.

Over the last 20 years, IIP has helped more than 100,000 businesses around the world improve, using their Accreditation Framework to boost working culture, increase employee engagement and encourage game-changing leadership.

Investors in People is owned and managed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Investors in People South of England is delivered by Grant Thornton UK LLP under license from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.