St Austell Brewery has achieved an Investors in People (IIP) Gold standard award.

The national quality standard, which defines good practice for improving a company’s performance through its people, places the firm in the top 7% of IIP-accredited organisations and among only 1.5% of companies across the UK.

James Staughton, St Austell Brewery CEO and grandson of the company’s then director Egbert Barnes who introduced the concept of a decent wage and a company pension scheme in 1938, said: “St Austell Brewery has achieved incredible growth over the years, and we firmly believe that our success is due in large part to investing in our workforce so they grow along with the business. It is essential, especially in the South West, that we meet the ongoing challenges of recruiting and retaining staff across all of the many and varied aspects of our business. Our aim is to support our staff to develop their careers, making their job prospects more attractive and helping us to keep the best people in the region.”

Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People added: “We’d like to congratulate St Austell Brewery on their Gold standard. Such a high level of accreditation is the sign of great people management practice, demonstrating a commitment to staff development and showing an organisation committed to being the very best it can be. St Austell Brewery should be extremely proud of their achievement.”