Knockhill Racing Circuit today celebrated winning the prestigious Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award.
The celebration took place during race car testing ahead of one of Knockhill’s busiest events of the season. This weekend (September 14/15) sees the track hosting a Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) event, featuring racing stars including Jason Plato and Colin Turkington.
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.
Knockhill has been extremely pro-active in its Armed Forces support and earlier this year held its fourth Annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day to recognise and pay tribute to all serving and veteran Armed Forces personnel and their families. The event, open to the public and free to serving personnel, reservists and veterans, coincided with Round One of the 2019 Scottish Motor Racing Club season.
Defence Minister Ben Wallace made the announcement of the Gold Award last month with Knockhill one of 100 employers recognised for their outstanding support for the Armed Forces community.
Knockhill will be formally presented with their award certificate along with the other recipients on 12 November at the National Army Museum in London.
Today at Knockhill, Group Captain Andy Willis swapped fast jets for fast cars to represent the MOD and congratulate Knockill owner Derek Butcher and Knockhill Director of Events Stuart Gray on the award.
Stuart Gray said: “Everyone at Knockhill Racing Circuit is honoured to have received the Gold Award. We have been actively supporting all the Armed Forces for many years but, in the last five, the activity has increased in terms of both fundraising, helping others with their fundraising, offering employment opportunities to veterans as well as hosting our popular Armed Forces Appreciation Race Meeting. We will continue our efforts and activities and are proud to do so.”
Knockhill Racing Circuit is open seven days a week, employing 51 full-time staff.