140 companies honoured for outstanding support towards the Armed Forces

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 Gold Awards are awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families.

Across East Anglia, 11 organisations have been awarded ERS Gold this year. They include Broadland District Council, Chapman Ventilation Ltd, CNet Training, Essex Partnership University NHS Trust, Levertech Aviation Services Limited, Norfolk County Council, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, RCR Services UK Ltd, RT Infrastructure Solutions Ltd, South Norfolk Council and Your Telemarketing Ltd.

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

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.

Daniel Frumkin, Chief Executive Officer at Metro Bank said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Metro Bank has been recognised with this prestigious award. We are dedicated in our commitment to support both those that currently serve and those that have served our country including veterans, reservists and forces’ families, as well as the communities in which they reside. Metro Bank will continue to honour and support this special community.”

Rob Robson, Director of Levertech said:

“Everyone at Levertech is delighted to be awarded Gold in the UK Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. We are proud of our record of working together as a business to support the Armed Forces community, be that through policies aimed at our Reservist and veteran employees, donations to military charities, or sharing our commitment to the scheme with our team, our clients and our supply chain.

“We recognise the knowledge, transferable skills and comradery that Veterans and Reservists bring to our company and their contribution to wider society. We are determined to continue to improve the support we provide and increase our wider advocacy for the Armed Forces Community.”

Full list of winners:

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

Academy Transformation Trust


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


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


Crowne Plaza Plymouth


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


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


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





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