World Cup winner caps successful result for Highfield

Doncaster-based education firm the Highfield Group welcomed England legend and World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst MBE back to Wembley as the company celebrated its own success off the field.

The former striker, hero of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad and still the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, dropped in to meet guests as Highfield hosted a reception at the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on 1 March 2015.

Highfield Wembley League Cup Final 2015 LR-01839The Group, which publishes training books, materials and e-learning programmes, and develops vocational qualifications and apprenticeships, recently moved into the top five in the table of the UK’s leading education organisations. It offers hundreds of publications and titles with over 2 million sales per annum, plus over 200 different qualifications covering a wide range of subjects and industries.

Jason Sprenger, Highfield’s Chief Executive, said, ‘It was a huge honour to welcome Sir Geoff Hurst to our reception at Wembley and to talk to him about his achievements, including that famous 4-2 win against West Germany. He is a great inspiration on and off the field, and to have him here with us capped an incredible couple of years for us as an organisation where we have been able to grow our business and create jobs for Doncaster’.

Based in Lakeside, Highfield has three sites across Doncaster, with a further office in Dubai, employing nearly 250 staff and over 400 consultants. It provides qualifications and resources to 15,000 customers in 110 countries and counts amongst its clients names such as the NHS, Nestle, PepsiCo, Shell, Serco, G4S, MITIE, John Lewis, Health Education England, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Heinz, Marriott, Ministry of Defence, ASDA, Harrods and Aunt Bessie’s.
ENDS
Notes to editors:
1. The Highfield Group (‘Highfield’) includes Highfield.co.uk Ltd, Highfield E-Learning Ltd and its awarding organisation arm, Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Ltd (‘HABC’).

Highfield recognised at REHIS Conference

REHISThe Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) celebrated 30 years of working with Highfield at its annual conference last month, with an exchange of gifts between the two organisations.

Held on 7 and 8 May 2014 at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, the conference featured a ministerial address from Michael Matheson, MSP, Minister of Public Health, and heard 20 papers on a range of issues. The conference also raised £500 for the Famine Relief for Orphans in Malawi charity.

The gifts were exchanged between Jayne Sprenger and Dan McDade of Highfield, and Colin Wallace, President of REHIS, to mark the 30th anniversary of the partnership between the two organisations.

Tom Bell, REHIS Chief Executive, said, ‘We were delighted to celebrate 30 years of a positive partnership with Highfield, working on the development of materials for community training courses and on the exchange of advice and mutual support over the same period. This partnership would not have been as successful or have lasted as long without the mutual respect that the respective organisations and the individuals involved have had for each other’.

Christian Sprenger, Highfield Managing Director, said, ‘REHIS is one our oldest and most trusted partners, and has been with us since the beginning. It’s testament to the strong and productive relationship between the two organisations that we are still working closely together 30 years on, and we look forward to another 30 years of successful cooperation’.

 

HABC’s Mary takes centre stage

Mary playing the trombone on stage with Lesley Garrett and the Bel Canto Choir.

Mary playing the trombone on stage with Lesley Garrett and the Bel Canto Choir.

HABC’s Mary Golder got the opportunity of a lifetime recently as she appeared on stage with international soprano singer Lesley Garrett.

The quality assurance auditor accompanied the acclaimed singing star as part of the celebrations to mark 50 years of the Dore Male Voice Choir at Sheffield City Hall on 8 March 2014 in front of a packed house.

Mary accompanied Lesley Garrett – also known as the ‘Doncaster Diva’ due to her South Yorkshire roots – on trombone, which she plays as part of the Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) Brass Band. 

 ‘Appearing on stage with one of the world’s most famous soprano singers was amazing,’ said Mary, ‘and a bit different to my day to day role of providing support and guidance on quality assurance and best practice to our Centres.  Lesley Garrett was really nice and friendly, and an incredibly down to earth person.  It was a fantastic experience and a great way to help celebrate the Dore Mail Voice Choir’s 50th birthday’. 

Mary will also be playing with Leeds-based indie band Chumbawamba later this year as part of a touring show, Coal, as well as getting the opportunity to perform alongside Jarvis Cocker – someone the Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) Brass Band first encountered in 2013.

Mary said, ‘The band recorded a live score for Jarvis Cocker’s BBC4 documentary The Big Melt – which tells the story of Sheffield, the steel industry and the people who worked in it – on the opening night of Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2013 at the Crucible Theatre, but there weren’t any trombones required that evening so we go the night off.  This time however I am hoping to get my chance to perform alongside Jarvis!’

The Sheffield City Hall performance with Lesley Garrett will be broadcast on Songs of Praise on BBC1 this May.