Cintra were once again delighted to team up with the North East Branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development as an award sponsor for The North East of England CIPD HR&D Awards. Designed to recognize the region’s top companies and employees, the Awards culminated in a glittering ceremony at the NewcastleGateshead Hilton.

Regional stalwart, Cintra have supported the awards since their inception and is delighted to have helped the North East CIPD set the standard on a national basis, with other regions now following suit with their version of the awards.

This year Cintra chose to sponsor the “Change Management Award”: Cintra has been delivering award winning Payroll and HR solutions for over thirty years and have not only grown and adapted its software but its business also, recognising that the ability to change and adapt effectively is the cornerstone of all successful businesses.

The need to change is fundamental to survival, in life and in business – dinosaurs are often used as an apt metaphor for those who refuse to, or who are unable to adapt.  The pace of change in business conditions today is remarkable.  This award highlights those organisations that embrace change and see it as an opportunity for their business to progress and forge ahead of their competitors.  To do this takes vision, strong leadership and an open and supportive culture and we commend those who recognise the need for change and implement necessary adaptations successfully: possibly one of the greatest challenges a business can face.

Winners of the award were Arriva North East, who had identified the need for a specific cultural change within the business.  The programme designed to effect this concentrated on its engineering departments and sought to address what had become a ‘driver focussed’ work environment.  Initiatives encouraged involvement and empowerment of engineers, resulting not only in a much needed morale boost, but engineers becoming involved in wider business challenges, including an aging workforce.

Commenting on the award Cintra CEO, Carsten Staehr said: “The North East itself has demonstrated a great ability to change and adapt: to redeploy skills and expertise and to welcome and nurture new industries, which enhance its already rich heritage.  We are proud of our region, proud of the CIPD and proud to be a part of this prestigious event.”

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