A MALPAS based business has been praised by the MP for Eddisbury after winning a Princess Royal Training Award.

Antoinette Sandbach MP is celebrating Barlows winning the award, after the business was recognised for creating a lasting impact by successfully linking their skills development needs to the company’s performance.

The electrical business puts training at the heart of its strategy with 95 per cent of its staff having undertaken an apprenticeship.

The business has grown solidly for the past 25 years, even during recession periods and the training programme is embedded and integrated in the business and led passionately from the top-down, meaning that work is done ‘the Barlows way’.

The company will be presented with their award by The Princess Royal, Princess Anne at an awards ceremony which is to be held at St. James’s Palace in London in the autumn.

Delivered by the City & Guilds Group and overseen by their president, HRH The Princess Royal, The Princess Royal Training Awards were developed in 2016 to honour employers who have created outstanding training and skills development programmes which have resulted in exceptional commercial benefits.

Congratulating the business, Antoinette Sandbach MP said: “I’m delighted that Barlows focus on training and development has been recognised with the award of a Princess Royal Training Award 2019.

"I am a proud supporter of apprenticeships and, by putting them at the heart of their business, Barlows have powerfully demonstrated the value apprenticeships bring not only to the apprentices but to the employers that offer them.”