On Wednesday 6 June, Ministry of Defence (MOD) held a reception and performance of Beating Retreat on Horse Guards Parade on Wednesday 6 June.
Representatives of companies were invited by the MOD to recognise and thank them for their forward-leaning business practices which are supportive of the Armed Forces, whether that is offering additional leave to Reservists or Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, having a policy of actively hiring Service Leavers or employing Service spouses. [Insert company name] was among 30 companies invited to the military concert who hold either a Silver or Gold Defence Employer Recognition Scheme award.
Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence People addressed the group at a reception at the Guards Museum, saying “There are many stand-out stories, and each of you here today has done something exceptional for our agenda. The support of businesses is vital to Defence People objectives. Whether they are leaving the Armed Forces and looking to start again in the civilian workplace, contributing to the nation’s security as a Reservist, or supporting their spouse, our people depend on supportive employers. In Defence we consider you to be a crucial part of the team.
“But supporting Defence can also be good for business in other ways. Being recognised as Forces Friendly means being attractive to Reservists and Service Leavers who may aspire to work in your sector. These are highly skilled, well-trained professionals who can add real value to your business, so there can be no doubt that an Employer Recognition Scheme award is a significant enhancer of ‘employer brand’. A major advantage in the current so-called ‘war for talent’.”
The guests were then escorted to Horse Guards Parade to watch the Household Division’s annual Beating Retreat concert - a military music spectacular involving massed bands, horses and fireworks.