GES won the Innovation Award at the 2016 Business Excellence Awards, hosted by the Ballymena Borough Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at the Tullyglass Hotel on Thursday 20th October.
This award recognises our ability to create, nurture, and develop processes that substantially improve the commercial performance of GES.
Innovation is defined as “change that adds value”, and GES Group has undergone significant change and development over the past five years - investing over £300,000 in the Mallusk expansion project, increasing the number of employees from 64 to 82, and becoming accredited to ISO 14001, 18001, and 9001, as well as achieving the Investors in People standard.
GES Group has successfully grown and developed, becoming an advocate of continuous improvement and change management. To embed this culture in the Company and encourage sustainable growth, GES Group undertook a Creativity and Innovation Programme in 2015-2016, delivered in partnership with Ingenuity UK and supported by InvestNI.
The programme involved 360 feedback and mentoring, a weekend training residential, and the implementation of three Strategic Business Improvement Projects over a six month timescale. The mentoring and training developed key competencies within the Company, and the projects had tangible outputs for GES.
Following on from the initial projects, five Managers are undergoing an ILM Level 5 programme in Leadership and Management, as well as implementing a further five Operational Business Improvement Projects within the Company. Going forward, Business Improvement Projects based on strategy and operations will be a regular addition to GES Group's business growth and development strategy.