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LIPA sets new 'standard' in performing arts sector

LIPA sets new 'standard' in performing arts sector
Published: Dec 21, 2010

LIPA has become the first performing arts organisation in the UK to receive Investors in People (IiP) Silver accreditation.

Assessors presented the award, which is held by only 1 percent of the 24,000 organisations in the UK recognised by IiP, after looking at how effectively LIPA operates and how it develops and manages its employees.

LIPA was judged on areas such as staff development, leadership, management and strategy, and performance measurement.

The institute was first recognised by IiP in 2004, when it was awarded the Investors in People 'Standard', the core benchmark of good practice in business improvement through people. This orginal seal of approval is now complemented by Bronze, Silver and Gold recognition, which are designed to celebrate the success of organisations that perform beyond the Standard.

Mark Featherstone-Witty, Chief Executive and Founding Principal of LIPA, explained: "We felt that our current practice deserved recognition. So, when our IiP accreditation came up for review, we wanted to see where we stood against the expanded Investors in People framework. We’re delighted to be performing at a level beyond the core Standard.

"We’ve worked hard to develop our staff and to be the best type of performing arts institution. Everyone’s had a part to play. To be the first performing arts organisation to achieve Silver accreditation is an added bonus and we're proud to be the pioneers."

As part of the assessment process, IiP selected and conducted face-to-face interviews with around 35 senior managers and staff from all areas of the organisation. Among other areas, the IiP assessor explored how staff and management communicate and how LIPA delivers its strategic objectives.

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