Bedfordshire Employers Receive MOD Award

On Tuesday 17th February, ten key businesses based in Bedfordshire were rewarded with a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award for demonstrating their support to Reservist employees.

The businesses who attended the special award ceremony and received Silver Awards were; Barnfield West Academy, Bedfordshire Police, Conquest Oil Company Ltd, GRS Production and Logistics Ltd, GulfStream Aerospace, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Trust, Luton Borough Council, Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd, Kier Group PLC and Royal Mail.

Reservist and Basil Hirniak, Collections Manager at Royal Mail with his MOD Silver Award
Reservist and Basil Hirniak, Collections Manager at Royal Mail with his MOD Silver Award

The awards were presented by Lord-Lieutenant for Bedfordshire Helen Nellis MA BA at Harper Centre, Horne Lane in Bedford.

The ten companies from Bedfordshire who were awarded the ‘Silver Award’ all employ Reservists and have demonstrated their supported to Defence from training courses to mobilisation.

Kristina Carrington, Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers) Campaign Director for East Anglia said: “The presentation event was a great success with many of those in attendance having the opportunity to speak to other Bedfordshire employers about their experiences of employing reservists. The MOD received over 500 nominations for Silver Awards across the UK and 105 have been awarded to employers based in East Anglia.”

Chief Constable Colette Paul from Bedfordshire Police receiving her MOD Silver Award from Lord-Lieutenant for Bedfordshire Helen Nellis MA BA
Chief Constable Colette Paul from Bedfordshire Police receiving her MOD Silver Award from Lord-Lieutenant for Bedfordshire Helen Nellis MA BA

Chief Constable Colette Paul from Bedfordshire Police said: “Bedfordshire Police wants to be an employer of choice and awards like this not only demonstrate our commitment to the development of our own people, but our willingness to support partner agencies and learn from those rich experiences.

Not only have we a number of reservists within the force but, thanks to instructors, we also have a thriving Cadet section which regularly stands shoulder-to-shoulder with cadets from the armed forces at special events. These include annual Remembrance Day parades.”

The day was also a celebration of local people who won awards in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list and amongst them was the Chief Constable’s Personal Assistant, Bridget Murphy, who was awarded the MBE for services to vulnerable people, working with Bedfordshire Police and Bedford branch Samaritans. Bridget is a former director with the Samaritans, and was an active listener for 17 years.

Reservists are men and women who give up their free time to train alongside our regular (full-time) military forces and may be called on to serve the country in times of need at home or abroad.

 

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