Princess Royal Training Awards ceremony recognises excellence in development

34 organisations received Princess Royal Training Awards yesterday in a ceremony presided over by HRH the Princess Royal at St James’ Palace

The Princess Royal welcomed guests to the awards and talked about the importance of training to organisations of all sizes, commenting that “it is during times of greatest stress that training has the biggest rewards.”

She went on to award 33 organisations with their Princess Royal Training Awards onstage, accompanied by Sir John Armitt and City & Guilds Group Chief Executive Chris Jones.

Awards recipients ranged from large internationals to SMEs and judges were impressed at the quality of the training assessed and the focus on impact and return on investment, both for the organisation and the individuals themselves.

Celebrating successful development

Organisations who received awards for training included Asda Stores Ltd, Babcock International Group, EE, Green Lighting Ltd and IBM UK. J Murphy and Sons Ltd also received an award for establishing the Murphy Academy, which has full C&G and ILM centre status, meaning that the workforce can be upskilled and certified internally whilst aligning core skills and competencies directly to the business.

With over 100 applications in its first year, the Princess Royal Training Awards team had cause to celebrate. City & Guilds Group Chief Executive, Chris Jones said: ‘All of the successful organisations deserve enormous praise. I hope these awards have shone a light on how important it is for businesses to invest in training to boost their productivity, address skills gaps and develop their leaders. This has never mattered more than in today’s uncertain economy. I hope this year’s winners inspire other organisations to share their experiences, and put forward their training and development success stories.’

To apply for the awards next year, visit