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South West Winners

South West’s Best Training Rewarded


Four organisations from the South West won National Training Awards at a ceremony in Bristol last night.

They were:


  • First Group Plc UK Bus Division, Weston-Super-Mare

in partnership with Topaz Consulting Group, Buckinghamshire

  • Somerfield Stores Limited, Bristol
  • Swan HR Solutions Limited, Bristol

in partnership with Ernst & Young, London, and MJC Associates, London

  • Upper Cut Training, Weston-Super-Mare

They received a golden envelope containing an invitation to the UK gala ceremony in London in December from sports commentator and former British hurdles champion Colin Jackson.

The following regional awards were also made at the ceremony, held at the Bristol Marriott Hotel:

South West Training Award

Channel Islands

  • Autism Jersey, Jersey


  • Andrew Hutchings, Exeter
  • City College Plymouth (Work Based Learning Department), Plymouth
  • Kay Hobden, Newton Abbot


  • UCAS, Cheltenham


  • Business Banking, Lloyds TSB Group Plc, Bristol

in partnership with Winning Communications Partnership Ltd, Sutton

Highly Commended


  • Puffins Training Ltd, Exeter

The National Training Awards celebrate businesses, organisations and individuals that achieve outstanding success through training and development.  The awards are sponsored by City & Guilds.

Colin Jackson congratulated all the winners, saying:  “It was a privilege to present the South West winners with their awards last night.  Just as in sport you can’t get anywhere without training, these winners have shown that training is essential to getting ahead in business and in turning personal ambitions into reality.  They deserve their success.  Congratulations.”

The chair of the South West judging panel, Martin Norman, said:  “Congratulations are due to all winners from the South West, whose high quality achievements are to be proud of.  My hope is that these success stories will inspire many others to undertake training and to enter next year's awards with examples of how learning has transformed their lives and that of others.”

UK Skills Chief Executive, Simon Bartley, said the winners had shown the impact that carefully planned training could have when it was aimed at meeting specific organisational needs.

“Each of them has a story to tell about the specific benefits that their training has brought them, including:  increased productivity; reduced waste; improved customer satisfaction; increased sales.  They demonstrate that targeted training can boost a business’ bottom line.

“The individual winners provide a range of wonderful examples of the benefits that a personal investment in training can have.  They’ve achieved goals – discovered new ambitions – gained self-confidence and make a significant contribution to their communities.”

For more information on the awards visit www.nationaltrainingawards.com.


Notes to Editors

  • National Training Awards winners are those who have demonstrated exceptional achievement as a result of training and development.  This is the highest level of award.
  • South West Training Award winners have undertaken training that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the region or nation.
  • Highly commended winners are individuals or organisations that show great potential and have demonstrated a dedication to excellence through training.
  • The National Training Awards are awarded to those who have achieved lasting success through exceptionally effective training. Anyone or any organisation that has benefited from training can enter the awards.
  • This year there were 187 finalists from throughout the UK. Winners are being announced at a series of regional ceremonies being held during September and October. The UK gala ceremony to celebrate National Training Award winners will be held on 13 December at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.
  • The National Training Awards operates throughout the UK. UK Skills manages the awards on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and organises the awards in England.
  • UK Skills is a not-for-profit organisation which champions vocational skills and learning for work through awards and competitions.  It is committed to training and development and recently signed a Skills Pledge.
  • The awards are sponsored by City & Guilds and supported by Investors in People.


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Company literature
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