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A Right Royal Celebration


We were thrilled when, in April 2018, Busy Bees became the first early years provider to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Promoting Opportunity. The accolade is the highest award a UK business can receive and is awarded for social mobility programmes that help people from disadvantaged backgrounds into successful working lives.

Since BB Training Academy’s inception, we have worked in partnership with Busy Bees to deliver on its ambition to train and upskill thousands of childcare practitioners. We have offered training courses since 2003 and to date have supported the development and career progression of almost 4,000 members of the Busy Bees’ team.

On 25 September 2018, our CEO Fay Gibbin joined the Busy Bees’ founders, nursery staff and apprentices for a special celebration as Busy Bees was presented with the Queen’s Award by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.

The presentation took place at Busy Bees National Support Centre in Burntwood. The Lord-Lieutenant presented the Grant of Appointment and a commemorative crystal bowl to Busy Bees’ Chief Academic Officer and co-founder, Marg Randles, and Global CEO, Simon Irons, in front of VIPs and key members of the team who were there to represent the Busy Bees family. After the presentation children from the Busy Bees at St Matthews nursery sang a song to celebrate the Queen’s Award.

Fay said:

"Where someone is from should have no impact on where they can go or what they can achieve. It’s a reality in the UK that there are geographical areas where people face barriers to top jobs and training, just because of where they are from."
"It’s why at Busy Bees it is ingrained within our culture to ensure opportunities are there for those from a disadvantaged background. Our approach to recruitment means we are so fortunate to have such a diverse team that is passionate and dedicated to delivering exceptional care to young children and support for families. It’s amazing to have been recognised for this with a Queen’s Award and we will strive to continue to make more people realise their dream of caring for children."