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Ashton Community Trust lands prestigious excellence award

Ashton Community Trust lands prestigious excellence award


Ashton Community Trust, the North Belfast based social enterprise organisation, has scooped another top best practice award.

Recognised for its hard work and systems of best practice Ashton was awarded an ‘Excellence 5 Star’ accolade by the European Framework for Business Excellence (EFQM).

The EFQM awards recognise excellence in business processes, with winners undergoing rigorous examination in areas such as employee dedication, productivity, customer satisfaction and superior financial performance.

Chief Executive of Ashton Community Trust Paul Roberts said he was delighted with this latest achievement.

 “Ashton and its team work vigorously to ensure our systems and processes result in high quality services that meet identified need within the local community,” he said.

“These awards celebrate the success of organisations throughout Ireland in the private, public and voluntary sectors who have achieved recognition for performance improvements measured against the European Framework for Business Excellence – the most rigorous measurement of business performance excellence internationally. We are delighted that we have been recognised as one of those organisations and are proud that have demonstrated excellence in our overall performance.”

The EFQM Ireland Excellence awards, organised by the Centre for Competitiveness (CforC), took place 29 January 2015 in the Clandeboye Lodge in Bangor. The event, celebrating its 21st year, was supported by Ulster Bank, Capita, the Department of Finance and Personnel and NIE.

Through the process, which awards organisations from a range of industries and sectors in Ireland, applicants from across the island can measure themselves against each other, learning from a wide pool of best practice.  In total this year 15 organisations, including 12 from Northern Ireland, won awards of various levels of recognition.

CforC Chief Executive Bob Barbour said: “This years’ award recipients represent a range of industries across sectors who have a commitment to ensure excellence is an integral part of what they do so I warmly congratulate them on their achievements. There are many advantages for organisations in taking part in the Excellence Awards process, and by passionately pursuing quality excellence they become leaner, more profitable, more sustainable and therefore more competitive.”



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