STAFF from Bluestone National Park Resort met with royalty when honoured with the Princess Royal Training Hallmark for outstanding employer contribution to training and development.

The award was presented at a ceremony hosted by HRH Princess Anne at St James’ Palace.

The Pembrokeshire holiday company, which employs more than 700 locally based staff, was among 40 organisations ranging from banking giants to charities to be recognised for its training excellence.

To achieve the Hallmark, Bluestone was scrutinised by assessors who reviewed the business’ performance management framework, competencies, management of learning and development and the training that it delivers to its employees.

Speaking following the ceremony, Lucy Good, Bluestone’s Learning and Development Manager said the business was honoured by the recognition.

“We were delighted to meet with HRH Princess Anne. It is an important recognition for the work we have undertaken to invest in our ‘Every Person Counts’ training and performance development programme.”

Bluestone was commended for its commitment to training and skills development, as well as creating lasting impact by successfully linking its skills development needs to business performance.

Over the past decade Bluestone’s workforce has grown from 300 to 700, with future expansion set to increase staff numbers to over 1000.

The award comes just months after the Bluestone Resources Team was named Best in Wales, another testimony to the company’s commitment to it’s staff.

“Our people underpin the success of our business and since Bluestone was established, we have placed enormous value on our employees,” added Ms Good.

“We now have high levels of staff engagement in learning, with evidence of ongoing promotion and progression and increased sustainable profitability.”

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