Within a year, 5E is back on track, with a series of project wins under the new government system. In spite of the upheaval, turnover has been up year-on-year, from £6.2m in 2009-10, to £7.15m in 2010-11. 5E is on target for its planned turnover of £8.5m in 2011-2012 with a surplus of £200k.As an example to other companys surviving the recession, Investors in People have featured the Managing Director of 5E Ltd, Raj Doshi on their home page (see image left).At a recent awards ceremony for learners, Raj Doshi delivered a speech about the company’s journey over the last few years:


Over the last four-five years, we’ve constantly grown. And we’ve grown because of motivation, commitment and skills of our people. Those three things drive growth in the third sector – not necessarily money. If our people didn‟t have the drive and the loyalty factor, then we wouldn’t be here.

In the difficult period we’ve just come through, Investors in People enabled us to plan strategically for making best use of our people in times of change. We are transitioning into a more target and performance-driven organisation, at the same time ensuring the ethos, values and culture are intact. Investors in People was able to highlight our effective practices with the leadership, management and development of our staff.

Learning never stops and today the skills you need keep changing fast. 5E has a constant learning culture – either to support a current job or for future roles. Our people have more qualifications than are required by the statutory authorities and the concept of multi-skilling is very important. I say everyone in 5E should be able to do three different jobs in the organisation. We communicate with staff about government plans and try and future-proof the organisation through training and our strategy.

I believe that our people are well trained, dedicated, hard-working, committed and loyal to the organisational ethos which in turn motivates me and the Senior Teams in taking on the many different challenges of the disadvantaged in our society.

– Raj Doshi, MD, 5E Ltd