The independent pharmacy chain Day Lewis has been awarded Investors in People gold accreditation, repeating the feat it achieved in 2013 after a successful year.

The accolade, handed to businesses that have excelled in people management, has been given to 14,000 companies worldwide but only 1.5% of those have secured a gold standard, providing a sense of Day Lewis’s achievement.

“Together with my fellow directors, we feel honoured to have retained gold Investors in People accreditation, an award that is only achieved because of the great people we have at all levels of our business,” said Rupa Patel, one of three executive directors at Day Lewis.

“Further, we feel privileged to lead Day Lewis, a values-driven business, founded by my late father and uncle and passionately nurtured for over 40 years. Our motivation is to continue their great work for the next 40 years, to provide long-term employment to all of our Day Lewis colleagues, to enable them to feel part of a large and successful family business.”

Founded by the late Kirit Patel and his brother J.C. in 1975, Day Lewis has grown from one pharmacy in Southborough to over 300 pharmacies in the UK. Employing over 2,500 people, the group is led by an experienced management team that includes Kirit’s children, Jay, Rupa and Sam Patel.