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Two ‘firsts' for Fellows' Associates at UK Business Excellence Awards 2006

Fellows’ Associates last night became the UK’s smallest organisation – and the only social enterprise – to be Recognised for Excellence (R4E) by the British Quality Foundation and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM).

Fellows’ Associates, which works with its clients to build reputation and contribute to public policy, accepted its R4E certificate at the gala dinner for the UK Business Excellence Awards 2006, which was held last night in London’s Park Lane Hilton.

R4E certification is awarded to organisations with a strong focus on quality management and who have implemented the EFQM Excellence Model and management frameworks.

Kathy Sutton, Director of Fellows’ Associates, said today:
“As a small company operating in the public interest, we are delighted to reach this important quality standard. Fellows’ helps clients to improve what they do and what they say, and being Recognised for Excellence is evidence of our commitment to practising what we preach.

“It is thanks to the dedication of our staff and the support of our partners that we have reached this quality standard, and we will remain focused on continuous improvement as a means of delivering service excellence for our clients.”

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For more information:
Kathy Sutton 020 7092 1801/ 07966 890401
Naomi Stevenson 020 7092 1803/ 07966 890403


Notes to Editors

1. Fellows’ Associates is an innovative collaboration of like-minded communications and public policy professionals. The company aims to promote the public interest by enhancing relationships between business, government and the community. Fellows’ enables clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to build their reputation, contribute to public policy and communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.

2. BQF, a not for profit membership foundation, is the primary source for organisations in the UK looking to excel in their market and in their business. BQF is the custodian of the EFQM Excellence Model and runs the UK Excellence Award. Founded in 1993 by the DTI and UK businesses leaders, BQF is now the UK hub of excellent organisations of all sizes in both private and public sectors.

3. R4E is part of the EFQM Levels of Excellence programme that provides a staged route towards the attainment of the highest levels of excellence. Levels of Excellence was created to motivate and encourage systematic improvement and to demonstrate to an organisation’s people, suppliers and customers, a progression and maturity in excellence. The certification is valid for two years.