On Thursday 15th January, ten key businesses based in Hertfordshire 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; Affinity Water, Berkhamsted School, Caressa Kahn, East and North Herts NHS Trust, Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue, Hertfordshire Police, T A Lingard Motors, Vinci PLC and Tesco Stores Ltd.
The awards were presented by Richard Bleazley Esq DL, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire at Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire.
The ten companies from Hertfordshire who were awarded the ‘Silver Award’ all employ Reservists and have demonstrated their supported to Defence from training courses to mobilisation.
Colonel William Brown, Hertfordshire County Forum Chairman and Colonel Chris Sharwood-Smith, Employment Engagement Group Chairman both gave speeches during the ceremony about the support local employers have shown to the Reserve Forces.
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 Hertfordshire 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.”
Nick Carver, Chief Executive of East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust said: “We are delighted to receive the SaBRE Silver Award in recognition of our support for Reservists. As an employer, our Reservist staff bring to us many talents and skills. We are fully committed to supporting them in both their armed forces – and their NHS – careers.”
Andy Bliss QPM BA (Hons), Chief Constable at Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “I was very proud to attend the Herts Employer recognition awards together with Corporal Jason Finnegan, who also carries the police rank of Detective Sergeant, to receive the prestigious Silver Award on behalf of the constabulary.”
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.