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Interserve wins two prestigious British Quality Foundation Awards

by Interserve press office | Nov 05, 2012

Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has been honoured twice in the British Quality Foundation’s 2012 Awards. The group’s construction division has become the first UK contractor to win the UK Excellence Award, the UK’s premier business award. Interserve also won the BQF Achievement Award for Leadership.

Interserve was chosen for the UK Excellence Award by an independent judging panel for its outstanding performance and sustained competitiveness. The Award is one of the highest accolades any organisation in the UK can achieve. Launched in 1994, it recognises organisations which have demonstrated excellence in all areas of operation. Entrants are assessed against the EFQM Excellence Model, Europe's leading management framework.

The judges selected Interserve for the BQF Achievement Award for Leadership for its outstanding approach to leadership in the launch of the ‘Interserve Employee Foundation’. The Foundation is an initiative which aims to improve the quality of life and life chances for people in their local community by utilising the skills, capabilities, resources and enthusiasm of Interserve employees.

Interserve received both awards at the 2012 UK Excellence Award Ceremony which took place in London. The event was hosted by broadcaster and journalist, Louise Minchin, and attended by the BQF’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.

Joe Goasdoué, Chief Executive of the BQF, said:

“Winning the UK Excellence Award is an exceptional achievement for any organisation. With its demonstration of organisational excellence, Interserve has joined the elite club of UK Excellence Award winners. A great performance."

“Winning a BQF Achievement Award is also a tremendous result for any organisation, and through the Interserve Employee Foundation scheme, Interserve has displayed inspirational leadership.”

David Paterson, Interserve Construction’s Managing Director, said:

“We pride ourselves on the openness of our organisation. Our staff retention rate is extremely high and that goes back to our roots as a family business, and the strong values we still stand by. We recognise the efforts and contribution of all staff in the achievement of these awards.”

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For further information please contact:

Michele Curran
Head of Corporate Business Development

Karen Lewis
Edson Evers
01785 255146

About Interserve

Interserve's vision is to be the Trusted Partner of all our stakeholders. We are one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment and facilities management services for society's infrastructure. Interserve is based in the UK and is listed in the FTSE 250 index. We have gross revenue of £2.3 billion and a workforce of over 50,000 people worldwide.

About the BQF

Founded in 1993 by Government and leading UK businesses, the British Quality Foundation (BQF) is an independent, not-for-profit, corporate membership organisation. With nearly 600 members spanning the public, voluntary and private sectors, it is the community for every business seeking excellent insights, tools and experiences to improve itself. As a Primary Partner of EFQM, the BQF is the only organisation able to provide its full range of products and services in the UK. The BQF’s Patron is HRH The Princess Royal and current President is David Callaghan, Managing Director of Oracle Corporation UK, Ireland and Israel.

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