Manchester, UK - Open-source ecommerce agency, Ampersand Commerce, earned Silver recognition from Investors In People (IIP), the UK's leading people management standard—in a report this month.

With a fast growing international client base, Ampersand Commerce approached IIP for assessment, with the goal that recognition would partner effectively with recruitment plans. The IIP assessment process began by identifying business needs and applying the IIP framework to meet them. The Investors in People Standard is the core level of good practice businesses can meet. Ampersand Commerce achieved above and beyond the goals that were set out in The Standard, and earned Silver recognition for its commitment to employee development, open communication, and internal standards for excellence.

Following an on-site assessment and interviews with the entire agency, IIP assessor, John Spitz, said of Ampersand:
“Ampersand Commerce should be congratulated on achieving IIP status and, in addition, the prestigious ‘Silver’ Investors in People Award by meeting additional evidence requirements from across the framework. Ampersand is growing rapidly and is an innovative and forward thinking company that demonstrated that it fully embraced new initiatives and ideas and, without doubt, was fully ‘living its values’. The Managing Director and management team were fully committed towards the development of themselves and others, thereby ensuring the right environment for the growth and professional development of its staff at all times.”

Proud of the team’s recognition, Darryl Adie, MD of Ampersand Commerce said:
“Working alongside people who share common values and take pride in achieving the goals of the business makes for a strong community. The whole team takes great pride in the business and the excellent work we produce. We are committed to maintaining and surpassing the standard that we have set with IIP.”

IIP hold regular assessment meetings with IIP recognised businesses and indicated that it’s probable that Ampersand will achieve Gold status within the next 18 months.


About Ampersand Commerce
Ampersand Commerce is a multi-award winning Magento ecommerce agency specialising in consultancy, development, integration, and support for Enterprise businesses all over the world. Ampersand's team of seasoned technologists live and breathe Magento and through years of delivering some of the most challenging projects on the Magento platform, Ampersand has gained a reputation in the United Kingdom for being one of the most technically able agencies in the Magento ecosystem. For information about Ampersand's graduate development programme, please visit

About Investors In People
Launched in 1991, Investors in People is the UK's leading people management standard. It specialises in transforming business performance through people. Over a third of the UK's workforce use Investors in People as a benchmark for Excellence and business development.

Published on: 8:45AM on 24th April 2012