(Image credit: Barlows (UK) Ltd)
Antoinette Sandbach, MP for Eddisbury, is celebrating Barlows (UK) Ltd being awarded a Princess Royal Training Award.
The family-run business, based in Malpas, created a lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to the company’s overall performance.
The electrical business puts training at the heart of its strategy with 95% of its staff having undertaken an apprenticeship.
The programme is embedded and integrated in the business and led passionately from the top-down, meaning that work is carried out in ‘the Barlows way’.
There is a 97% retention rate of employees and the business has grown solidly for the past 25 years, even during recession periods.
Starting life in 1948 as a small electrical repair shop in Malpas, Barlows (UK) Ltd has gone from strength to strength, opening three further offices in Manchester, High Wycombe & Lancaster.
It also has three high street retail outlets in Malpas, Whitchurch and Ellesmere.
The company now has over 400 directly employed staff and a fleet of more than 250 vehicles.
Barlows (UK) Ltd will be presented with their award by HRH The Princess Royal during an awards ceremony at St James’s Palace in London in the autumn.
Delivered by the City & Guilds Group and overseen by their president, HRH The Princess Royal, The Princess Royal Training Awards were developed in 2016.
They are designed to honour employers who have created outstanding training and skills development programmes that have resulted in exceptional commercial benefits.
The awards are free to enter and are open to organisations of all sizes, and from all sectors in the UK.
Entrants receive tailored support throughout the application process as well as detailed feedback on their application regardless of what stage they reach in the process.
Congratulating Barlows (UK) Ltd, Eddisbury MP Antoinette Sandbach commented: “I’m delighted that Barlows (UK) Ltd’s focus on training and development has been recognised with the award of a Princess Royal Training Award 2019.
“I am a proud supporter of apprenticeships and, by putting them at the heart of their business, Barlows (UK) Ltd have powerfully demonstrated the value apprenticeships bring not only to the apprentices but to the employers that offer them.”