Gifts Today magazine

Gibsons recognised as an Investor in People

The independent jigsaw puzzle and board game company has been awarded an accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating their commitment to realising the potential of their people

The family-owned business based in Sutton, Surrey, was founded in 1919 by the Managing Director Kate Gibson’s great-grandfather, Harry Percy Gibson. Building and nurturing strong relationships between employees, customers and suppliers has always been at the heart of the business and is one of the many reasons why Gibsons is a great place to work.

Now 100 years on in 2019, the Gibsons team and product offering may have grown but their values remain the same and ‘Bringing People Together’ underpins everything they do: influencing their strategy, product, culture and working environment.

Gibsons Wellbeing Strategy includes training and development, flexible working, health and wellness and buddy schemes, as well as lunchtime Pilates classes and meditation. The team are encouraged to focus on each other’s strengths and believe in a continual cycle of learning and development, as well as taking a break to play a quick game when things get hectic.

Additionally, Gibsons also provide work experience to those who need the opportunity, via Sutton Youth Offending Scheme and the children’s charity Jigsaw4U giving adults and young people the chance to work as part of a team and to develop key skills that can help them get back into the work place.

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Working with clients across the globe, Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: 'We’d like to congratulate Gibsons, Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, and an organisation committed to achieving success by realising the potential of their people. Gibsons should be extremely proud of their achievement.'

Commenting on the award, Kate Gibson, Managing Director, said: ‘We are over the moon to receive this accreditation. It is testament to the hard work of the entire team and the Gibsons culture that is embedded in everything we do here. I look forward to building on this in the future.’


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