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Learning Locker®’s Queen’s Awards Win Commemorated with Duke of Gloucester Visit

In celebration of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2019 win for Learning Locker®, Learning Pool’s newly acquired Oxfordshire-based office welcomed His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester last month to honour the awards.


Learning Pool’s Alan Betts, Principal Consultant (and founder of HT2 Labs) greeting His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester.


In April 2019, HT2 Labs (now a part of the Learning Pool Group) were among 60 other organizations nationwide to have been presented with the Award for Innovation, following their success with the multi-award-winning Learning Locker.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the most prestigious award for UK businesses, recognizing and celebrating success across the nation. The awards acknowledge outstanding achievement across four categories: innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

Learning Locker, the world’s most-widely installed Learning Record Store (LRS) is a big data store used to store, sort and share digital learning activity. Available in both Open Source and Enterprise editions, the LRS enables organizations to reconcile learning experience data from many systems into one, presenting a seamless source of analysis, making learning measurable.

In June 2019, HT2 Labs’ CEO, Dr Ben Betts (now Chief Product Officer at Learning Pool) and founder, Alan Betts (now Principal Consultant at Learning Pool) were invited to a Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace.

Furthering the celebrations, HT2 Labs and Learning Pool combined were thrilled to host The Duke of Gloucester at their office in Oxfordshire on the afternoon of Friday 25th October. His Royal Highness was accompanied by The Queen’s Representative, the Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Tim Stevenson OBE CstJ and local MP, Robert Courts.

[L-R] Local MP, Robert Courts, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester, Alan Betts, Principal Consultant and Ollie Newton, Product Designer.


His Royal Highness was introduced to the pioneers behind the innovation, Learning Locker as well as the rest of the team based in Oxford, where he learned more about the other solutions developed by Learning Pool and the day-to-day processes of an L&D organization, including those associated with the design, marketing and product development teams.

[L-R] His Royal Highness presents Ian Blackburn, Product Manager of Learning Locker, Ryan Smith,
Team Lead for Learning Locker and Lydia Ross, Junior Developer with the commemorative crystal bowl. 


Learning Locker will hold the prestige of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for five years, and to mark the occasion The Duke of Gloucester and the Lord-Lieutenant together presented the Learning Locker team with their commemorative crystal bowl and scroll.

Local MP, Robert Courts and the Learning Pool colleagues based in their Oxfordshire office. 

About The Duke of Gloucester

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester is a grandson of George V and first cousin to Queen Elizabeth II and a full-time working member of the Royal Family. The Duke carries out a significant number of public duties and undertakes hundreds of official engagements in the UK and overseas each year. His Royal Highness is associated with over 150 charities and organizations. His patronages reflect his professional and personal interests, which include international humanitarian issues, heritage and the built environment and military veterans. He is also a qualified architect.

About Learning Pool

Learning Pool is a full-service e-learning provider, offering a range of courses, tools and content creation to over 750 organizations and 2 million learners in 21 countries. With the largest and most flexible catalogue of content on the market and a reliable and robust LMS, Learning Pool delivers a highly customised learning experience, combining their expertise in personalized learning, gamification and AI-driven performance.

As Learning Technologies Company of the Year, Learning Pool has also been awarded Gold Investors in People status, retained its two-star accreditation for Outstanding Employee Engagement in the Sunday Times Best Companies 2019 and achieved Gold Standard in Deloitte’s prestigious Best Managed Companies Awards. They are also the only Core Leader offering Lower Total Cost of Ownership solutions in the 2019 Fosway Digital Learning 9-Grid.

The recent acquisition of HT2 Labs, a leading provider of innovative learning technology solutions, saw staff numbers rise to near 200 colleagues across Learning Pool’s seven offices in the UK and US.

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