The Queen's Awards for Enterprise

Bees Bees are delighted to announce that we have received the inaugural Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Promoting Opportunity.

The royal accolade was handed out on the Queen’s 92nd birthday and recognises our social mobility programme and commitment to quality training for early years apprentices.

To maintain the quality our staff amid a period of growth, our sister company BB Training Academy delivers management qualifications, apprenticeships and short courses to the nurseries, as well as external settings.

BB Training Academy, which is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, has worked with Busy Bees to provide accessible routes to employment and career progression, upskilling 3,765 members of staff to date.

Chief Academic Officer and co-founder, Marg Randles OBE, said: "Receiving the Queen’s Award is the ultimate accolade recognising the commitment of our people. It reflects our drive to provide opportunities for passionate practitioners, unleashing their potential and allowing them to realise their dreams. It recognises that our success is down to helping the incredible people who help us to provide the best experiences for children.

"I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to have a career doing something I love. Supporting others to follow their dream has a tremendous impact on the opportunities we provide for both staff and children."

Fay Gibbin, CEO of BB Training Academy, said: "Training is an integral part of Busy Bees and is an essential part of creating a high performing, inclusive learning environment that values diversity."

"We believe helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds into successful working lives not only creates a dedicated, loyal and experienced workforce but enables us to deliver outstanding care to young children for working families."

Busy Bees will be presented with the award by the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire at our flagship nursery in Burntwood, which will now fly the Queen’s Award flag.