100 employers strike Gold


23rd August 2019

100 employers were recognised by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace for their outstanding support for the Armed Forces community by being awarded a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award. 

The MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Awards represent the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families. The scheme continues to grow year-on-year with awardees doubling in the last 12 months, taking the total to 228.

Employers have won awards for initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the Armed Forces into a new career and providing flexibility for Reservists. Included are 23 Local Authorities, 13 NHS Hospitals and Trusts and 29 SMEs.

The 100 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.

They will be presented with their awards on 12 November 2019 at the National Army Museum in London.

Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said: “These awards recognise the outstanding support for our Armed Forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.

“Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.” 

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said:

“Veterans make a huge contribution to businesses across the country and it’s fantastic to see a record-breaking number of organisations recognised for their support.

“We’re working closely with businesses to help them further understand the huge value that veterans, reservists and military spouses can bring to their organisation.”

One of the Scottish winners is Arbroath-based IED Training Solutions Ltd.

The company was set up in 2015 by two former Royal Marines and has a strong reputation in the field of risk and trauma management, drawing heavily on the team’s military training and expertise.

Managing Director Ian Clark said: “We feel honoured and incredibly proud to receive this recognition for our work and continued commitment to the Armed Forces community and supporting this community is a primary focus for IED.

“The company is wholly owned and operated by former full career Royal Marines and ‘the Commando Distinction’ characteristics, [versatility, value, excellence], very much underpin our business strategy.

“As a national business which provides training and consultancy, we’re well placed to advocate the benefits of Reservists and service leavers. We believe the leadership and technical skills that military personnel develop during their service, prepare them well for career transition.”

The 2019 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award winners are (Highland RFCA-area winners in bold):

  1. Aberdeenshire Council
  2. Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  3. Alford Technologies Ltd
  4. Amazon UK
  5. Amazon Web Services
  6. AmmarM UK Limited
  7. Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
  8. Anglian Water
  9. Arcanum Information Security Ltd
  10. Ascot Care
  11. Auctus Management Group Ltd
  12. Biscoes Solicitors
  13. Bovis Homes
  14. Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  15. Brunel University London
  16. Caerphilly County Borough Council
  17. CAIS
  18. Carbon60
  19. Caterpillar Peterlee
  20. CDS Defence Support
  21. CGI UK
  22. Charnwood Borough Council
  23. City Building
  24. City of Edinburgh Council
  25. City of York Council
  26. Colchester Borough Council
  27. College of West Anglia
  28. Conwy County Borough Council
  29. County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
  30. CPPC Logistic Group of Companies Ltd
  31. Derbyshire Community Health Service NHS Foundation Trust
  32. Digital Telecoms Network Academy Ltd
  33. East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
  34. Edinburgh Napier University
  35. Finchale Group
  36. Flintshire County Council
  37. Focus7 International Ltd
  38. Foreland Shipping Limited
  39. G&A Security NE Ltd
  40. GE (UK & Ireland)
  41. Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors
  42. Hartlepool Borough Council
  43. Hertfordshire County Council
  44. High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
  45. HMP Whitemoor
  46. IED Training Solutions Limited
  47. Inzpire Ltd
  48. Jacobs UK Ltd
  49. KBR UK Ltd
  50. Knockhill Racing Circuit
  51. Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  52. Leidos Europe Ltd
  53. London Borough of Lewisham
  54. London Electronics Ltd
  55. Midlothian Council
  56. Morrison Utility Services
  57. Motivational Preparation College For Training (MPCT)
  58. Newport City Council
  59. North Tyneside Council
  60. North Warwickshire Borough Council
  61. Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust
  62. Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
  63. OppO Recruitment Limited
  64. Police Scotland
  65. The Poppy Factory
  66. Qioptiq Ltd
  67. Rangers Football Club & Rangers Charity Foundation
  68. Rolls-Royce plc
  69. Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  70. Royal Mail Group Limited
  71. Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
  72. Rushcliffe Borough Council
  73. Santander UK
  74. Schroders
  75. SecureCloud+ Limited
  76. South Tyneside Homes
  77. Sporting Force
  78. St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  79. St Helens Council
  80. Stirling Council
  81. Sunderland City Council
  82. Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group
  83. Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
  84. Thales UK Ltd
  85. Tom Harrison House
  86. Trafford Council
  87. Travis Perkins
  88. TSG Marine
  89. University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust
  90. University of Central Lancashire
  91. Veolia UK
  92. Virgin Money
  93. Vodafone
  94. Wagtail UK Limited
  95. Warwickshire Police
  96. West Dunbartonshire Council
  97. West Mercia Police
  98. West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust
  99. Wood Plc
  100. Yodel
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