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Suffolk brewer gets the royal treatment

PUBLISHED: 16:19 01 November 2018

Andrew Bush, Greene King group HR director and HRH The Princess Royal.

Andrew Bush, Greene King group HR director and HRH The Princess Royal.


Greene King has been commended for upskilling its workforce at the 2018 Princess Royal Training Awards.

The awards honour UK employers for their outstanding training and development programmes, which have directly resulted in measurable success.

HRH Princess Anne personally presented the award to Greene King at an awards ceremony in St James’ Palace on Wednesday.

The awards, which are now in their third year, have honoured 48 different businesses, but Greene King, which is headquartered in Bury St Edmunds, is the only pub company to receive the commendation.

The pub retailer and brewer was recognised for the development of its apprenticeship programme, investment in its training support, retaining and developing its people and the introduction of its e-learning platforms.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King, said it is a “tremendous honour” to receive royal recognition. “We are really proud of the learning opportunities we are able to give our people, from our apprenticeship scheme to our Get into Hospitality programme with The Prince’s Trust and the new e-learning platform which is available to all of our 39,000 employees.

“Our team members are at the heart of Greene King so naturally their learning is integral to our business and we have seen great results in retention through our investment in their training. We are continuously looking at ways we can improve the learning offer for our people and will strive to build on our successful apprenticeship programme which has now seen 11,000 people take part.”

Chris Jones, chief executive of the City & Guilds Group, added: “In an ever changing world, it continues to be critical for Britain’s businesses to invest in training to boost their productivity, address skills gaps and further develop their teams. We are delighted that Greene King is among a diverse group of organisations achieving the Princess Royal Training Award standard in 2018. I congratulate them, and all of the organisations who presented examples of the innovative, inspiring and impactful training.

“They are truly worthy recipients of this rigorously assessed royal award and it is fitting that their achievements have been rewarded.”

The Princess Royal Training Awards is delivered by the City & Guilds Group. Each of the applications was assessed against three Hallmarks of Excellence by the Princess Royal Training Commission, which comprised of HRH The Princess Royal and seven leading figures in the business and training community.

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