The IPG has announced it has been recognised by Arun District Council as 2018’s Business of the Year (10 or more employees).
The 21st Arun Business Partnership Awards ceremony took place on the 15 November and saw several local businesses compete across the various categories. All awards were hotly contested this year, as the Partnership has over 2,000-member companies who generate business and employment in and around Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Arundel and the wider Arun area. However, it was The IPG who came out on top for the Business of the Year category.
One of the reasons behind the company’s win was said to be the success it has enjoyed since its formation in 2013. Its membership of independent plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists recently celebrated a double-digit year-on-year growth since June 2017. Over the past five years the company has also grown to over 200-member locations nationwide, with a list of 90+ suppliers.
The IPG was also praised for the time and effort it has put towards giving back to local communities across the country, most notably its recent partnership with Missing People, which saw IPG members joining the ongoing battle locating missing children across the UK.
The judges were also said to be particularly impressed at the reputation The IPG had built, stating that they are an excellent example of a local “Home Grown” business and workforce who represent the Arun District so well on the national stage.
The membership group was also recognised for the work it does for its members’ customers. Most recently, it undertook a study looking into the long-term physical effects that plumbing can have on plumber’s knees. They found that 75% of plumbers were at risk of losing out on work due to knee problems, yet only 41% have discussed their issues with a GP. The IPG is currently imploring plumbers and installers of all ages to wear the correct protective gear and to always consult a doctor if they feel something might be wrong.
Upon receiving the award, Marketing Manager Nike Lovell, said: “We are delighted that the work The IPG has done for local independent companies across the country has been recognised by this award.
“However, we believe we are only as strong as our members, so this award is as much for those independent merchants as it is for us and we hope they are as proud of this win as we are.”