Bartlett Mitchell has become the first caterer to be awarded the Princess Royal Training Award in recognition of its development programmes.
The contract caterer received the award from the City and Guilds Group, who highlighted the commercial impact of its new talent development programme and the growth of its rising stars.
Ingrid Newbould, Bartlett Mitchell's HR director (pictured), said: "I am absolutely delighted to receive the news that we have won the award.
"We are proud of our team and the difference they make to our customers' working days. The training they receive enables them to feel confident and competent and enjoy their work and being part of the Bartlett Mitchell family."
"This award recognises our belief that it is important to provide excellent induction training and career development in an engaging way to each and every one of our team. We don't train because we have to; we train because it makes sense and delivers results."
There were 48 recipients of the award, from both the private and public sectors, across fields including hospitality, banking and financial services, retail, education, manufacturing, not for profit, and healthcare.
Chris Jones, chief executive of the City and 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 learning and development."