Business from across the North West of England have received Silver Awards under the government’s Employer Recognition Scheme for their support to the Armed Forces Community, including Reservists, Service leavers, wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, the Cadet organisations and service families
The awards, signed by the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff, are recognised as laudatory honours and aim to encourage employers to support Defence and inspire others to do the same. The certificates were presented by Mr Warren Smith, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester, during the annual Armed Forces Business Awards held at the Monastery, Gorton.
Receiving Silver Awards for their support to Reservists, Service leavers, wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, the Cadet organisations and service families were:
Lieutenant Colonel Steven Wotherspoon, Regional Employer Engagement Director for Defence in North West England, said: “On behalf of the Ministry of Defence we are honoured to be able to recognise the level of support and commitment given to the Armed Forces by organisations in the region. Each recipient has demonstrated not only that they value the ethos of the Armed Forces but also that they are prepared to help Reservists, former servicemen and women and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers in the workplace. The experiences gained through service with the Reserve Forces or volunteering with the Cadet organisations equip individuals with invaluable life skills – motivation, self-discipline, confidence, communication, teamwork and leadership – all of which make a positive contribution to any organisation.”