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Building a business that is seen as one of the most visionary and people-focused of companies in Northern Ireland is quite a tall order, so it’s an honour for one of Musgrave’s divisions to be recognised as just such a company. It’s also good to know that the recognition comes from a well-known, established and respected source.

To put it another way, our colleagues in Musgrave Retail Partners Northern Ireland (MPRNI) have won an award at the 2014 Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards. This is the eighth time these awards have been given out and this year’s event, which took place at Titanic Belfast on the 19th of June, saw hundreds of entries from companies of every sort across Northern Ireland.

Before we celebrate this success – just a bit – we should perhaps think about that number. It’s gratifying to know that, at a time when economic downturn has hit businesses as much as individuals, there are so many companies still investing in employee training and development and making the workplace a worthwhile and inspiring place to be. So our first duty is to cheer on all the winners in all the categories (which you can see here: http://www.irishnews.com/wea2014/winner_2014.html) for not cutting corners when it comes to developing and nurturing employees.

Equally, however, we really should let you know that MRPNI won the award for Managing Talent in the Large Organisation category, competing against finalists including Coca-Cola and Survitec Group. MRPNI was also a finalist in the Right Place to Work category.

The judges described MRPNI as being a clear winner due to its innovative and effective approach to managing fresh and experienced talent at all levels across the business.

It’s not the first time MPRNI has won this award either. That’s quite gratifying too but, as we always like to remind ourselves, every year should be treated like the first time. Last year’s awards are only meaningful if they inspire us to do as well or even better next time.

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