Royal Recognition for Andrew Collinge Graduates Hairdressing

City & Guilds Group has released the names of 48 businesses commended by the 2018 Princess Royal Training Awards. The prestigious Awards honour UK companies including River Island, John Lewis, RBS, the Royal Air Force, GSK and Andrew Collinge Graduates Hairdressing for their outstanding training and development programmes, which have directly resulted in commercial success.

From apprenticeship schemes to gamified e-learning to health and well-being programmes, each of the recipients has displayed a unique dedication to developing their workforce.

The full list of recipients includes public and private sector businesses of all sizes, from areas including hospitality, banking and financial services, retail, education, manufacturing, not for profit, and healthcare. The Award recipients, who were all subject to a rigorous assessment process, will receive their Awards from HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony at St James Palace on 31st October 2018.


Says Andrew CollingeWe are extremely proud and delighted to receive this prestigious award in recognition of our Graduates Training programme. Over 30 years ago my parents, Hazel and Peter founded a unique concept of giving newly qualified stylists a stand alone salon to further develop their skills and to gain invaluable experience and knowledge before eventually returning back to their original Andrew Collinge salon. Since then hundreds of our young employees have benefitted from working in the Graduates salons and are now our managers, our successful stylists and our training tutors.”


Managing Director Charlie Collinge adds “We are particularly proud not only to be the first hairdressing company to receive a Princess Royal Training Award but also the first Merseyside-based company to be awarded. I am very pleased for our Graduates Salon teams, and the Graduate Apprentices themselves, to be recognised. They are hard working and talented teams.


Commenting on this year’s recipients, Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group said: “Congratulations to all 48 organisations who have achieved the Princess Royal Training Awards standard of excellence this year. Once again, it is evidence of the very real benefits that investing in staff development can bring to employers, large and small, private, public and not for profit. At a time of increasing economic uncertainty and reduced investment into workforce development it is great to see critical business issues being addressed through impactful L & D. Through the Awards we highlight excellent examples of training that have already proved to be effective and we encourage others to build on their success.”


The Princess Royal Training Awards, delivered by the City & Guilds Group, are now in their third year. Each of the 90 applications were assessed against three Hallmarks of Excellence by the Princess Royal Training Awards Commission, which comprised of HRH The Princess Royal and seven leading figures in the business and training community.


About the Princess Royal Training Awards

Now in its third year, the Princess Royal Training Awards honours employers in the UK who have created outstanding training and skills development programmes which have resulted in exceptional commercial benefits. The Princess Royal Training Awards recognise the achievement of a standard of excellence rather than selecting overall winners.


The awards are supported by the City & Guilds Group President, HRH The Princess Royal, who is an active advocate for skills development.

The successful organisations for 2018 are:


  • AESSEAL plc
  • Andrew Collinge Hairdressing
  • Apprenticeship in Hospitality Scotland
  • Bartlett Mitchell Ltd
  • Belfast Met
  • Brother UK Ltd
  • Caring Homes Group
  • Crest Nicholson
  • Dovecote Park
  • East Coast FM
  • Exchange Utility
  • Eyres Monsell Primary School
  • Finastra
  • Gelder Group
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Greene King
  • Halfords Group plc
  • HMRC Criminal Justice Academy
  • Islamic Relief
  • ISO Quality Services Ltd
  • Itsu
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • Legal and General
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Majestic-12 Ltd
  • MAMA Youth Project
  • Medical Defence Union
  • Mortgage Advice Bureau
  • MWR InfoSecurity Ltd
  • North York Moors National Park
  • Openreach
  • Perinatal Institute
  • Pets at Home
  • Quanta Consultancy Services
  • Reassured
  • Reprezent Radio
  • River Island
  • Royal Air Force
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Somer Valley FM
  • Specsavers
  • Superior Seals Ltd
  • The Donkey Sanctuary
  • The Master Innholders
  • The Tennis Foundation
  • UKFast
  • Unipart – Line Manager Accreditation
  • Xtrac Limited