Moy Park wins development accolade

Moy Park has been awarded for its best-in-class approach to people development, picking up the IGD John Sainsbury Learning and Development Award at the IGD Awards 2015 earlier this week. 

It was recognised by the judges for its fundamental commitment to business improvement by nurturing and developing its people, and were also commended for their passion and enthusiasm for learning.

Mike Mullan, Moy Park HR director Europe, said: “We are truly delighted to have won this award as it is a celebration of the terrific recognition of the whole Moy Park team on our journey of continual learning and development. Tangible results of our learning and development programmes include significant improvements in company performance, safety performance and overall employee engagement levels.”

Stuart Comer, head of learning & development at Sainsbury’s, added: “Moy Park’s Leadership Development Framework brought the business together across countries, categories and functions; made a continued commitment over a number of years; transformed the business culture; achieved and sustained real tangible results; and built the support of a large number of passionate and enthusiastic participants.”

Moy Park recently appointed Michael O’Neill, to head up its Continuous Improvement programme. His role at Moy Park will be to drive innovation in an effort to maximise operational effectiveness and efficiencies, working closely with teams across the company. Moy Park said this appointment is further demonstration of its approach to continually developing its industry-leading operations.

Other award winners from the meat and poultry industry were; Eat 17 (creators of Bacon Jam) at Spar, who received the IGD Innovative Store of the Year, sponsored by McCurrach. Victoria Russell of Charlie Bingham’s (producers of convenient meals for two) won the IGD Leading Edge Leading Light Award, sponsored by Premier Foods, and Greggs where the recipients of the IGD Health and Wellness Award, sponsored by Nestlé.

“We’ve had some great submissions, demonstrating the leadership, innovation and excellence that our industry has to offer,” said IGB chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch.

She continued to commend the hard work and dedication of those in the industry. “There’s no doubt that we are operating in challenging times, yet the resilience and originality that members of the industry demonstrate is truly exceptional, from small start-ups to medium-sized companies to large and international ones. My congratulations to all of our finalists and winners.”

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