Ministry of Defence award six local businesses with prestigious Silver Employer Recognition Award

There is much cause for celebration across East Anglia as the Ministry of Defence have granted the Silver Award to six businesses based across our region.

An official ceremony will be held in November to award Silver to Anglian Demolition & Asbestos (Norfolk), Carbon60 (Bedfordshire), Colchester Institute (Essex), Cranfield University (Bedfordshire), CS Hodges (Hertfordshire), and Servest (Suffolk).

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme was established in 2014 to recognise and reward UK employers for their support and commitment to Defence. The scheme was a commitment made in the July 2013 White Paper ‘Reserves in the Future Forces 2020’.

Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence People, said:

“Congratulations to this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award winners who have turned their willingness to make a difference to our Armed Forces into effective programmes of support.

Their actions mean that our veterans, the wounded injured and sick, our Reservists and their families are not disadvantaged by their military service and have the same opportunities as everyone else. Our winners’ commitment is highly valued and is at the heart of all that can be achieved in every part of the country through the Armed Forces Covenant”.

“It’s great news that the number of employers in East Anglia who hold the Silver Award is growing, demonstrating that the region really does support the men and women of our Armed Forces who give so much to the Country” said Kristina Carrington, Regional Employer Engagement Director.

Silver award holders demonstrate support for Defence by employing at least one Reservist, actively communicating and projecting a positive image of Defence to their employees via established HR policies and procedures. They also support Reservists by giving them the flexibility needed to plan and fulfil their annual training and mobilisation commitments.

To learn more about the Employer Recognition Scheme click here

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