Britain’s top supporters of the armed forces have been revealed today, with a record number of businesses, charities and public sector bodies winning awards.
The MOD has today announced ‘Gold Awards’ for 50 businesses and organisations who have shown outstanding support for the Armed Forces community.
Now in its fifth year, the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards represent the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families.
The 50 winners have been recognised for their long-term commitment to the Armed Forces, with companies from the public and private sector achieving the top grade. Each has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, and where possible, engages with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to promote the recruitment of service leavers, as well as honouring individual pledges of support.
Of the 50 winners, 9 of these are London based employers ranging from local businesses to world-class higher education institutions.
The 9 winners from London are;
The Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:
“The breadth and diversity of this year’s winners show how business support for the Armed Forces continues to flourish. Their commitment is a testament to the fantastic contribution of our serving personnel, veterans, and their families can make to any organisation.
“We all have a role to play in ensuring that the Armed Forces community is not disadvantaged by service, and each of these employers is a setting an example as meaningful advocates for those protecting the nation.”
Royal Marines veteran Matthew Hammond, the co-founder of Gold Award winner Handy Heroes, added:
“Our whole ethos and brand were founded on the employment of ex-military and helping them with their ongoing professional development. We see it as our duty to ensure we are ambassadors for the military and ex-military community through our work.”
The 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold award winners are:
Alexander Mann Solutions
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
C S Hodges
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
City of London Corporation
City of Wolverhampton Council
Defence Medical Welfare Service
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Durham County Council
East of England Ambulance Service
Ernst & Young (EY)
Forward Assist Veterans Charity
Future Sales Factory
ITI Network Services Ltd
James McVicar Printing Works
Kent County Council
Landmarc Support Services Ltd
Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
Lloyd's of London
London Borough of Wandsworth (Wandsworth Council)
London Southbank University
Newcastle City Council
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
NHS Hastings and Rother CCG and NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Northumberland County Council
Portsmouth City Council
Raytheon Systems Limited
The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust
South Tyneside Council
Standard Life Aberdeen Plc
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
University of Lincoln
University of South Wales
To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant and the Employer Recognition Scheme visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/support-and-advice/businesses/
Notes to Editors:
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. More information about the Armed Forces Covenant and how to get involved is at https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/
Through their Armed Forces Covenant pledges, employers have demonstrated concrete support for the Armed Forces family and key initiatives include:
More information about the companies involved can be found at https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/businesses-helping-deliver-armed-forces-covenant/
The Employer Recognition Scheme(ERS) was launched in 2014 by then Prime Minister David Cameron to recognise employer support for the wider principles of the Defence Armed Forces Covenant and the full spectrum of Defence personnel. This includes the Reserves, Service Leavers, Wounded Injured and Sick, Cadets, and spouses.