23 North West employers receive Gold for their support to Defence


156 companies across the UK – including 23 in the NW RFCA area – have received the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for their outstanding support towards the Armed Forces community.

Representing the highest badge of honour, Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Awards are awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families.

This year’s awardees brings the total number of Gold holders to 649.

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.

Recipients in the NW-RFCA area (including two Gold holders who had their existing award revalidated) are:

Carlisle City Council
Cerco IT Ltd
Cheshire Constabulary
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Esken Renewables
Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service
Groundwork GM
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lancaster City Council
Liverpool Boat Charter Ltd (Floating Grace)
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust HQ
No Duff CIC
Rochdale Council
Sunbelt Rentals Ltd
Survitec Group Ltd
The Forshaw Group
The Riverside Group
TVS Supply Chain Solutions
University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust
Veterans Into Logistics


Liverpool City Council
North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Gold ERS 2022 Award holders

Group picture of the 23 North West Employer Recognition Scheme Award holders 2022

On receiving the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold 2022 Award; Professor Malcolm Press CBE, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan, said:

“At Manchester Metropolitan University, we are proud to support serving personnel, veterans and their families. They make sacrifices that protect those freedoms that allow us to pursue knowledge, education and growth. I am delighted that this award recognises the work of colleagues across the University to welcome these important communities. This ranges from our outreach work, sharing opportunities in higher education, to our first Armed Forces Research and Engagement Symposium, which brought together speakers and organisations from across the UK to share how best to support our armed services community. We will now share our experiences with other organisations, including through our alumni networks, so they can enhance further their own support.”

The ERS was launched to recognise and reward employers who support Defence and inspire others to do the same. To find out more about the ERS and Armed Forces Covenant, see: Employers – North West Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (nwrfca.org.uk).

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