At our Departmental Review Meeting on Tuesday, on the Heanton Estate, each Estate team gave an update on performance. It was really pleasing to listen to so much positive reporting on successful outcomes across our complex countryside business. In every aspect of our work at Clinton Devon Estates we are performing to a very high standard. Well done to everyone - when you consider the challenges we are facing with the UK economy, high levels of taxation and volatile markets the results that we are delivering are quite remarkable.
Thanks to Paul Hipkin for a most fascinating tour of the gardens at Heanton and the interesting briefing on the development of the gardens and the Gilpin parkland.
It has been agreed that we will undertake our regular employee satisfaction survey again later in 2011. On the last two ocassions we have done this, in 2008 and 2010, we have used the "Best Companies" survey, aligned with the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies ranking and benchmarks. Hopefully the feedback on areas for improving employee engagement identified in the last survey has been acted upon and we will see this reflected in the responses. Please ensure that your teams are following up on any outstanding actions. Graham Vanstone will be in touch in the late Summer / early Autumn with details of this year's survey.