Pembrokeshire-based Bluestone National Park Resort has been revealed as a finalist in the 2018 Wales HR Awards, which recognises and celebrates the achievements of HR professionals across Wales.
Launched in 2017, the Awards ceremony is the flagship event of the Wales HR Network, a leading professional thought-sharing and networking group created and run by Cardiff-based commercial law firm Darwin Gray and Acorn, Wales’ leading recruitment specialist.

Bluestone has been shortlisted in the ‘Employer of the Year’ category, along with other big employers such as TATA Steel and Gower College.

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this award, which is a testament to the hard work of our team,” said  Debbie Rainbow, Director of Human Resources at Bluestone.

“Our philosophy is ‘Every Person Counts’, we believe a working environment where employees can be engaged, happy and motivated, paves the way for both the workforce and the business to thrive and flourish.

“The business functions are wide ranging and split between operational (including food and beverage, retail, leisure, maintenance, environmental and grounds services), and support functions (including finance, human resources, sales and marketing, guest services and projects). The diversity of the business means that our employment opportunities range from entry level roles through to high level specialist roles, and are flexible in working patterns.

“We’re extremely honoured and proud to be based in Pembrokeshire and recognise our responsibilities to be empathetic to our surroundings and give back to the community in which we operate, through our endeavours via our own charity, The Bluestone Foundation, which  gave £114,000 to local charities last year.”

The award ceremony, hosted by the BBC’s Sian Lloyd, will recognise the best HR professionals at all levels, from apprentices to directors, and organisations as a whole across various industry sectors in Wales – showcasing the commitment, hard work and achievements of individuals and teams within the HR profession over the last 12 months.

Darwin Gray’s Head of Employment Law and HR Fflur Jones said:  “Despite being at the core of every successful company, HR is often an under-acknowledged profession.

“The Wales HR Awards has generated a really positive response across the private and public sector in Wales; it seems to have struck a chord and I look forward to meeting our finalists on the night.”

Director of Operations for South Wales at Acorn Recruitment Maria Larcombe added:  “We have been overwhelmed by the response and support for this year’s Wales HR Awards.  The number of entries received exceeded all our expectations, and the calibre of our nominees is truly outstanding.

“The standard of entries has been incredibly strong and our shortlisted nominees should feel extremely proud to have reached this point.”

For more information on the finalists or to book tickets, visit www.waleshrawards.cymru.

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