NEWS

AUGUST 23RD 2017

Three Leicestershire organisations are awarded for supporting Defence

Andy Disney of the Fred Sherwood Group at their Bulk Freight subsidiary in Castle Donington full truck

Andy Disney of the Fred Sherwood Group at their Bulk Freight subsidiary in Castle Donington

Three organisations in Leicestershire have been awarded a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award for the commitment they have demonstrated in supporting the Armed Forces community.

The Fred Sherwood Group based in Shepshed, Armourgeddon Ltd of Lutterworth and the British Forces Resettlement Services in Leicester each employ either military service leavers or spouses of military families and each understand the valuable contribution that those undergoing military training can bring back into the civilian workplace.

Andy Disney of the Fred Sherwood Group at their Bulk Freight subsidiary in Castle Donington close up

Andy Disney of the Fred Sherwood Group at their Bulk Freight subsidiary in Castle Donington

Andy Disney, Company Secretary at the Fred Sherwood Group explained: “We currently employ a number of service leavers and each brings with them a varied skillset that can be positively used in our day-to-day work. To name a few of the attributes we value I would say timekeeping, leadership, management and organisational skills.

“We are pleased to be receiving the award and look forward to continuing to promote Defence initiatives and inspiring others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant or work towards achieving an ERS Award in the future.”

In order to achieve a Silver Award employers must have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, employ at least one member of Armed Forces community, actively communicate with their employees via established HR policies and procedures and show flexibility towards annual training commitments and mobilisation.

Catherine Suckling, Assistant Regional Employer Engagement Director, said: “It is important to recognise the commitment of each of the employers from Leicestershire and the wider East Midlands in supporting service personnel and their spouses, veterans or Cadet Force adult volunteers in the workplace.

“Each organisation recognises the valuable skills and experience that those undertaking military training can bring back into the workplace. I am delighted that each of the organisations have been recognised for the positive work and I look forward to continuing to build our relationship over future months.”

Each of the organisations will be invited to a formal presentation event in November where they will receive a certificate to be displayed in their place of work.

To learn more about receiving a Bronze, Silver or Gold ERS Award visithttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-employer-recognition-scheme

“We currently employ a number of service leavers and each brings with them a varied skillset that can be positively used in our day-to-day work."