January 20th 2016


A Midlands engineering development consultancy has been presented with the highest possible award in the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) during a reception at No. 10 Downing Street with the Prime Minister and Defence Secretary.

M-EC, which employs Reservist, Rosie James in its Noise & Air Quality division, was selected to receive an ERS Gold Award for its ongoing support of the Armed Forces community.  Rosie and M-EC’s managing director, Eddie Mewies were invited to attend a special presentation ceremony at No. 10 to receive the award and meet the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Rosie said: “We had an incredibly memorable afternoon at Downing Street, where we were one of only 15 companies in the UK to receive a Gold Award. Hosted by the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, we were able to celebrate the Armed Forces Covenant and meet likeminded Reservists and employers. Obviously the highlight was my time spent talking with the Prime Minister, who was very interested to hear about our work at M-EC and 203 Transport Squadron as well as reiterating the importance for small businesses to continue supporting Reservists with training and deployment.”

David Cameron hosts an Armed Forces Covenant Reception in Downing Street

Representatives from all 15 Gold Award winning companies and their Reservists with the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

The ERS was launched by the Prime Minister in 2014 to recognise businesses that are exemplary supporters of the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.  Businesses holding ERS Gold Awards proactively advocate and support the Armed Forces community, both internally to employees and externally to the wider community. They have introduced HR policies to encourage the recruitment of Armed Forces personnel, spouses and veterans, and enable reservists to fulfil their annual training and mobilisation.

Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon commented: “The support from these organisations is making a real difference to our Armed Forces community. They are ensuring that the men and women who have done and continue to do so much for our nation are treated fairly. Whether allowing reservists the time to train, providing jobs or supporting veterans and spouses, these companies embody what the Armed Forces Covenant is about. I am delighted to thank them for their unwavering support.’’

M-EC has been actively supporting the Reserve Forces since 2013, hosting awareness events and team-building activities to raise the profile of the Armed Forces locally.

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional Employer Engagement Director for Ministry of Defence, commented: “M-EC has been a supportive employer for a number of years providing support to each of their Reservists enabling them to meet their training and mobilisation commitments. As the only UK small business to receive a Defence ERS Gold award this year, I would like to thank M-EC for their hard work in promoting membership of the Reserve Forces both internally to their staff and externally to their business associates through joint military events and publicity projects. I look forward to continuing to work alongside M-EC in the future and I congratulate them on receiving the highest ERS award which is thoroughly deserved.”

The reception was held on 14 January 2016.


"We had an incredibly memorable afternoon at Downing Street, where we were one of only 15 companies in the UK to receive a Gold Award."