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Mascoprint takes the initiative

Mascoprint takes the initiative
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Synopsis: April 2003 saw the launch of the small firms initiative, aimed at supporting small businesses to develop their people using the investors in people (iip) standard. The initiative enables businesses of between 5 and 49 employees to access extra funding to develop their people and processes.

April 2003 saw the launch of the small firms initiative, aimed at supporting small businesses to develop their people using the investors in people (iip) standard. The initiative enables businesses of between 5 and 49 employees to access extra funding to develop their people and processes.

The initiative is timely, as only a tiny proportion of small businesses currently enjoy the benefits of Investors in People accreditation. One such company in our industry is Mascoprint Developments Ltd, who took advantage of a 'pilot scheme' round of funding and achieved IiP accreditation in March 2002, with the encouragement and guidance of the advisory team at Business Link Hertfordshire. Companies interested in IiP accreditation should make their local Business Link their first point of contact.

Mascoprint offers an excellent example of how a small company can build on the IiP framework and diversify into complementary areas. The company specialises in the design and manufacture of screen printing machinery and screens for a huge variety of industrial applications and also supplies pad printing equipment and consumables. Using its IiP experience as a springboard and again drawing on Business Link assistance, (who helped the company access the European Social Fund to pay for their NVQ assessor training), Mascoprint has recently diversified into providing NVQ assessment and training, working with the SPA Print Qualifications Centre and PDS Consulting.

The conventional perception of IiP has been that it is of most value and application to the larger business, but the Mascoprint experience disproves this.

Yvonne Mason, the Company Secretary, commented, 'Small businesses don't tend to consider IiP because they think that a lot of paperwork and rigmarole is involved, but what the assessors look at is whether your systems and processes fulfil the criteria of IiP. You're not expected to do a whole lot more work to achieve it and much of what they're looking for is common sense.'

Yvonne has no doubts regarding the value of Investors in People to Mascoprint. 'It is opening a lot of doors for us, it gives extra credibility and clients are impressed to find a smaller company with IiP. We've also been able to use it as a marketing tool into other IiP companies and it has been particularly useful to us in going down the training route.

A lot of small businesses don't realise how good they are - they have to be flexible and staff have to be reliable, work as a team and communicate well - so they' re well on the way to being Investors in People already.'

Hertfordshire Business Link