Staff positive as retailer aims to reach next level of accreditation.

Independent retailer Chisholm Hunter has been afforded Investors in People accreditation.

The UK-wide company, which has 19 stores in England and Scotland and employs 190 members of staff, will now be able to use the Investors in People logo and display its plaque.


The retailer and its employees impressed the Investors in People assessor with their levels of enthusiasm and professionalism. More than 20 members of staff were interviewed for their views on Chisholm Hunter’s working practises, with great knowledge and positivity recorded among the staff interviewed.

Chisholm Hunter director Tracey Brown said: “We’re delighted to have been recognised as an Investors in People. We have grown the company significantly in the past few years and key to that has been our ability to attract, recruit and develop the talents of our employees.

“The retail landscape is evolving rapidly with a huge surge in online sales and it has never been more competitive within the jewellery trade. In times of great challenge and opportunity it is vital that everyone who works in Chisholm Hunter has an understanding of the vision and core values of the business, confidence in their role within it and the opportunity to reach their full potential."

Brown added that the company is set to introduce new human resources initiatives in the coming months, including management trainee programmes that will enable it to work to the next level of Investors in People accreditation.

Peter Russian, chief executive of Investors in People Scotland, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Chisholm Hunter. I would like to congratulate the organisation and its people on their commitment to continuous improvement.

"I hope that more organisations in the area will be encouraged to sharpen their competitive edge by choosing to work with us.”

Chisholm Hunter said the award added to "a landmark year for the business", with directors Tracey Brown and Harry Brown named Retail Stars in the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 and the business awarded Multiple Retailer of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards.

The retailer also opened new store in Bluewater in Kent and The Glasgow Fort.

"We are very excited about 2013 and have ambitious plans to further grow our brand and open new stores in prime UK shopping locations," added Brown.