Gold rush as Middleton Hall scoops awards

Middleton Hall Retirement Village is celebrating after receiving a glittering array of awards.

Accolades accrued by Middleton Hall , range from praise for its people management to a gold medal for its grounds and gardens.

The achievements include the Investors in People Gold (IIP) Award – putting it in the top 200 IIP accredited companies – and a Gold Award as well as the Ron Grubb Memorial Trophy at its first time of entering the Northumbria in Bloom Awards.

Middleton Hall’s MD Jeremy Walford is delighted that the retirement village has been given recognition by such prestigious organisations.

“Only 1.3% of the 22,000 companies who are accredited with Investors in People in the UK attain the IIP Gold award so it is an amazing achievement to be the first retirement village in the north to be awarded it and a testament to the huge emphasis that we place on staff well-being and development,” said Jeremy.

“Our employees are crucial to the success of our business. It is vital for us to develop and harness the skills they offer and that is something the IIP process helps us to do,” Jeremy added.

“Measuring up to the exacting standards required by their top award is tough but well worth it and we are very proud to have succeeded.”

IIP’s Assessor, Sheila Warren, said Middleton Hall Retirement Village’s approach to managing and developing its people was a fantastic example of best practice.

“It was great to see its employees’ pride and passion for the organisation,” she added.

The prizes from the 2011 Northumbria in Bloom competition were all the more welcome given that Middleton Hall was a novice entry in the annual event aimed at encouraging everyone to take care of their local environment and to brighten it up using trees, shrubs and flowers.

The Hall’s 20 acres include a wide range of gardens with varied planting including a kitchen garden that provides produce for the kitchen and greenhouses that supplied an abundant supply of tomatoes this summer.

“We like to involve residents in everything that happens here and they helped to pick over 380 lbs of tomatoes!” commented Middleton Hall’s Estate Manager David Richardson who is incredibly proud of the recently announced awards.

“To achieve the highest accolade with the gold award as well as the overall prize for our category, when we were up against almost 70 others from across the whole of the north east, is fantastic.

“All of this enhances what we offer residents and adds to our goal to be the best retirement village in the UK.”

Adding: “We’re not complacent though; I am still looking for perfection!”

These awards add to Middleton Hall’s achievement earlier in the year when it became north east Care Employer of the Year in the Great British Care Awards.

Middleton Hall Retirement Village currently provides for Independent Living, Assisted Living, Residential Care and Nursing Care through 49 apartments, 32 bedsitting rooms and 20 specialist rooms, backed up by a range of facilities from a swimming pool, spa and gym to library, bowling green, croquet lawn, woodland walks area and restaurant.

In September it was granted planning permission for an £8million expansion of accommodation and facilities.  This includes a development of zero carbon rated independent living bungalows, the creation of a dementia community, a new cafe, bar and shop and the re-building of the main entrance gatehouse.