51 employers awarded Gold for supporting the Armed Forces

Britain’s top supporters of the Armed Forces have been revealed, with a record number of businesses, charities and public sector bodies winning awards.

The ‘Gold Awards’ announced by the MOD are for businesses and organisations who have shown outstanding support for the military community and the Armed Forces Covenant.

Employers have won awards for initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the armed forces into a new career, and providing flexibility for reservists.

Now in its fifth year, 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.

The 50 winners have been recognised for their long-term commitment to the armed forces, with organisations from the public and private sector achieving the top grade. Each has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, and where possible, engages with the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to promote the recruitment of service leavers, as well as honouring individual pledges of support.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:

The breadth and diversity of this year’s winners shows how business support for the armed forces continues to flourish. Their commitment is a testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation.

We all have a role to play in ensuring that the armed forces community is not disadvantaged by service, and each of these employers is a setting an example as meaningful advocates for those protecting the nation. 

The 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold award winners are:
Alexander Mann Solutions
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
BNY Mellon
C S Hodges
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
City of London Corporation
City of Wolverhampton Council
Compass Group UK and Ireland
Defence Medical Welfare Service
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Durham County Council
East of England Ambulance Service
Ernst & Young (EY)
Forward Assist Veterans Charity
Future Sales Factory
Handy Heroes
ITI Network Services Ltd
James McVicar Printing Works
Kent County Council
Landmarc Support Services Ltd
Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
Lloyd’s of London
London Borough of Wandsworth (Wandsworth Council)
London Southbank University
Newcastle City Council
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
NHS Hastings and Rother CCG and NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG
NHS Orkney
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Northumberland County Council
Portsmouth City Council
Raytheon Systems Limited
The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust
South Tyneside Council
Standard Life Aberdeen Plc
Swansea Council
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
University of Lincoln
University of South Wales

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