JPCS awarded European business accolade


JPCS has been awarded the highest star rating for its business practices, measured against the European Foundation for Quality and Management (EFQM) Levels of Excellence scheme.

The specialist highways maintenance and civil engineering contractor has been awarded five stars in the Recognised for Excellence process, as part of the British Quality Foundation’s UK Excellence Award, following a thorough assessment, which measures an organisation’s achievements in terms of excellence and good practice.

The EFQM is a pan-European foundation set up to inspire organisations to achieve sustainable excellence by engaging leaders to learn, share and innovate using the EFQM Excellence Model.

The model is now used by over 30,000 organisations across Europe, but only 40 UK organisations have achieved five star “Recognised for Excellence” status. JPCS will now take its place alongside household names like Siemens, Virgin Trains and Interserve.

This latest management accolade comes less than two years after JPCS received 4 star status and a Jury Commendation for Leadership in the 2011 UK Excellence Award process. This year’s 5 star achievement demonstrates the company’s commitment to continuous improvement and best practice.

Peter Shone, managing director at JPCS, said: “We’re extremely proud that JPCS, a company which started off as a pavement crew 20 years ago, is now recognised as one of the leading firms in Europe for business and management practices.

“It’s been quite a year for the business: we celebrated our 20th anniversary, completed our 10,000th mile of highways maintenance works and surpassed 60MWp of ground mounted solar PV foundation installations. The five star award is the icing on the cake.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the BQF assessment team and of course, our employees for their dedication to the business and to improving business practices over the last 20 years – it has certainly been worthwhile!”

The assessment team, who visited JPCS in July, commented: “JPCS has developed strong and trusted relationships with their customers, clients, partners and stakeholders to establish an end-to-end service to deliver value to their customers.

“It was evident that JPCS has a strong ethic of collaboration and teamwork. They work closely with their partners to identify opportunities to enhance their capabilities and ability to generate additional stakeholder value.

“The likely growth and future success of the business is in no small part due to the culture created over many years by the managing director and the management team’s commitment to the EFQM Excellence Model and the development of innovative ideas. If the family atmosphere “where everyone knows my name” and people are acknowledged by senior managers can be maintained as the business grows, JPCS should have an interesting future.”

JPCS maintains specialist highway and railway infrastructure across the UK and is also the leading installer of ground mounted solar PV foundations. With a turnover of £10 million, the company works with clients such as Balfour Beatty, the Highways Agency, British Gas, Carillion, Eurovia and local authorities.