Awarding organisation Highfield Group honoured with Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Highfield Group has received one of the UK’s most prestigious business accolades: the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. One of the UK’s leading awarding organisations for the security business sector, the Highfield Group was informed of its success on 21 April as part of the national celebrations designed to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.

Queen’s Award winners are chosen by a prestigious panel that includes the Prime Minister David Cameron and leading figures from Government and industry, in turn making the Queen’s Award one of the most sought-after accolades among British businesses.

Highfield is one of the UK and Middle East’s leading suppliers of compliance, apprenticeship and work-based learning qualifications, training materials and e-learning. It’s also one of the UK’s largest examination boards, and is actively involved in the development of the UK workforce and productivity, as well as contributing towards central Government plans for three million apprenticeships by 2020 and the switch-over to Apprenticeship Trailblazers.

The organisation – which operates from its headquarters in Doncaster, South Yorkshire – works with some of the biggest names in international business to help develop their members of staff, among them PepsiCo, Nestle, Marks & Spencer and Superdrug.

Each year, Highfield Group supports over two million learners right across the globe to achieve their educational aspirations.

Dedication to core values

Speaking about this tremendous achievement for the business, Jason Sprenger (CEO at Highfield Group) told Risk UK: “I’m incredibly proud of this fantastic achievement, which is a testament to our exceptional team members and their dedication to our core values of quality, value, service and integrity.”

Sprenger continued: “It’s proving to be an amazing 12 months for Highfield. We’re continuing to expand both domestically and internationally, with offices recently opening in Sheffield, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. We also have a new international headquarters planned for Doncaster later on this year. Numerous other blue chip companies have now committed to working with us.”

Representatives from Highfield Group will receive the award in person from Her Majesty The Queen during a ceremony to be held at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 14 July. A further ceremony featuring Andrew Coombe (the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire) will take place at Highfield Group’s offices later in the year.

The Sprenger Family

The Sprenger Family

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***The Highfield Group (‘Highfield’) includes Highfield International, Highfield E-Learning Ltd, its awarding organisation arm the Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Ltd (HABC) and Highfield MEA

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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