140 companies honoured for outstanding support towards the Armed Forces

July 16, 2021
Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award graphic

140 organisations have received the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for their outstanding support towards the Armed Forces community, Defence Minister Leo Docherty announced today.

Representing the highest badge of honour, Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Awards are awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families.

This year’s awardees brings the total number of Gold holders to 493.

Leo Docherty

Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Leo Docherty said: “I would like to thank all the organisations who have proven their support for the Defence community during such unprecedented and challenging times.

“The vast range of those recognised this year demonstrates how employing the Armed Forces community makes a truly positive and beneficial impact for all employers, regardless of size, sector or location.”

To win an award, organisations must provide 10 extra paid days leave for Reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, Reserves, and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces. 

Organisations must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community by encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.

This year, organisations include NHS trusts, educational institutions, financial services, hotels, charities, law firms, police services, football clubs and museums. Nearly 50 per cent are a small or medium-sized enterprise and 72 per cent are private companies, demonstrating the wide range of organisations offering support to the military community regardless of size, sector or location.

Recipients in the Highland-RFCA area (including two Gold holders who had their existing awards revalidated) were:

Dundee City Council (revalidation)
Fife Chamber of Commerce
Highland Council
Horizon Security Solutions Ltd
McLeod Glaziers
Perth & Kinross Council
Scottish Ambulance Service (revalidation)

Fife Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Alan Mitchell said: “Everyone at Fife Chamber is delighted and humbled to receive this ERS Gold Award. We advocate for our Armed Forces and connect the Highland RFCA team with local employers because it is the right thing to do and because we believe we should acknowledge and be grateful for what our country’s service men and women do for us every day. It feels great to have our efforts recognised and we will display our Gold Award with pride. We will continue to do everything we can to support the Armed Forces and we encourage every business in Fife to do the same. The business benefits are huge: a proud workforce and a better workforce from utilising the world-class training and skills that Armed Forces personnel bring into the commercial world when they finish their military service.” 

Highland Council’s Armed Forces and Veterans’ Champion, Councillor Roddy Balfour, said: “It is a great honour for Highland Council to have received the ERS Gold Award for supporting the Armed Forces community in our area especially during these difficult times of the pandemic. The continued support to Armed Forces personnel past and present and their families is vital to the wellbeing of our whole community. This is tremendous news, reflecting on the excellent work that staff in Highland Council have carried out with colleagues in Highland and Moray and in the Military Liaison Group. I would like to thank them all for their excellent achievements working on through lockdown and COVID times.”

Derek Petterson, Chief Executive Officer of McLeod Glaziers, said: “No one said chasing dreams would be easy, but the joy for McLeods in winning this Gold Award has shown it’s right to.”

Councillor Chris Ahern, the Veterans and Armed Forces Champion for Perth & Kinross Council, said: “I am delighted that PKC has been awarded the ERS Gold Award in recognition of its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant. There has been a tremendous amount of work put in by a small team of officers to get the application in, and through their hard work we have now been successful. The Employer Recognition Scheme shows the commitment of an organisation by signing the Covenant and pledging to support the Armed Forces community and – by achieving Gold – has gone far beyond the basic principles. PKC in its approach to our Armed Forces reservists and cadet force adult volunteers who work for the council shows that it embraces the Covenant principles, and it also show the council’s commitment to working with our Armed Forces and partner organisations who work with and support our Armed Forces, veterans, volunteers and families.”

Full list of winners (Highland winners in bold):

  • ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
  • Academy Transformation Trust
  • Accenture
  • Aggregate Industries
  • Allan Webb Ltd 
  • Ammo & Company 
  • Annan Football Club
  • Armed Forces Community HQ
  • Ashfield District Council
  • Aston University Engineering Academy
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
  • Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
  • Broadland District Council
  • Buckinghamshire New University
  • BuildForce
  • Burnley Council
  • Butterfly Data
  • Capita PLC
  • Cardiff and Vale College
  • CBRE Limited (including CBRE GWS)
  • Chapman Ventilation Ltd
  • Cisco International
  • Clifford Chance LLP
  • CNet Training
  • Commando Joe’s
  • Content Guru
  • Corps Security (UK) Ltd
  • Costain
  • Crowne Plaza Plymouth
  • CVQO
  • Defence Electronics & Components Agency
  • Eagle Eye Innovations Ltd
  • E-Cycle Limited
  • Empower Support for the Voluntary Sector Ltd
  • Essex Partnership University NHS Trust
  • Fife Chamber of Commerce
  • Firing Line Museum of The Queen’s Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh
  • First Military Recruitment
  • Folkestone & Hythe District Council
  • Forces Cars Direct Ltd
  • Forces Resettlement Services CIC (BFRS)
  • Forces Solutions Limited
  • Forces To Film Ltd
  • GKN Aerospace Ltd
  • Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
  • Greater Brighton Metropolitan College
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Griffin Military & Diplomatic
  • Hazelwood Carpentry Contractors Ltd
  • Healthier Heroes CIC
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Hercules Site Services Ltd
  • Highland Council
  • Horizon Security Solutions Ltd
  • Hywel Dda University Health Board
  • HZL Specialist Solutions Limited
  • Imployable App (FourWho Ltd)
  • International Nuclear Services Ltd (INS)
  • Intrepid Protection
  • Irwin Mitchell LLP
  • Isle of Man Government
  • JTI UK
  • Kinetic Six Ltd
  • Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Trust
  • Landau Ltd
  • Levertech Aviation Services Limited
  • Lifeline Training
  • Lincoln College
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Lockheed Martin
  • London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
  • M.B.Roche & Sons Ltd
  • Manchester City Council
  • Matrix Academy Trust
  • MBNL (Mobile Broadband Network Limited)
  • McLeod Glaziers
  • Mercury Electronic Warfare Ltd
  • Merseyside Police
  • Metro Bank PLC
  • Middlesbrough Council
  • Mission Motorsport
  • Moody’s Corporation 
  • Naval Families Federation
  • NG Bailey
  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • NHS Business Services Authority
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS National Services Scotland
  • Norfolk County Council
  • North East Lincolnshire Council
  • North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
  • Perth & Kinross Council
  • Pinnacle Group
  • RCR Services UK Ltd
  • Recruit for Spouses
  • RINA Consulting Defence Ltd
  • RT Infrastructure Solutions Ltd
  • RV1 Group Ltd
  • Saab UK
  • Salford City Council
  • ScottishPower
  • Self Build Heroes
  • Shorterm Group
  • Sir Fix-a-lock Ltd
  • South Norfolk Council
  • South Yorkshire Police
  • Spelthorne Borough Council
  • Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stockton on Tees Borough Council
  • Supacat Limited
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • TE Connectivity
  • Thames Valley Police
  • Thames Water Utilities Limited
  • The Colleges Partnership
  • TMS Support Solutions Ltd
  • Transport Training Academy Ltd
  • Turner & Townsend
  • Ubi-Tech (3R) Ltd
  • UBS AG London Branch
  • Ultra Electronics Ltd
  • University Hospitals Birmigham Foundation Trust
  • University of Chester
  • University of Derby
  • Valo Limited
  • Veterans in Crisis (VICS)
  • Veterans in Sefton CIO (VIS)
  • Victory Services Club
  • Virtue Recruitment Services Limited
  • Wace Morgan Limited
  • Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
  • West Lothian Council
  • West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Your Telemarketing Ltd