December 4th 2014


21 Derbyshire-based employers from both the public and private sector are being awarded for supporting Defence personnel.

The businesses from Alfreton, Derby, Matlock, Chesterfield, Ripley and Buxton are receiving a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver award for demonstrating their support to Reservist employees.

The awards will be presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Derbyshire, William Tucker.

Reservists are men and women who give up their free time to train alongside our regular (full-time) military forces and may be called on to serve the country in times of need at home or aboard.

John Wilson, Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers) Campaign Director for the East Midlands, said: “Each of the employers being awarded has shown a commitment to support Reservist employees. They understand that the military training undertaken by Reservists provides them with qualities that employers value and respect including professionalism, adaptability, physical courage, management skills and problem-solving ability.

“I am delighted that 21 Derbyshire employers are being recognised by the Ministry of Defence. The MOD received over 500 nominations for Silver awards across the UK and 85 are being presented to employers based in the East Midlands.”

East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, headquartered in Chesterfield, is one of the employers being awarded. George Cowcher, Chief Executive, at the Chamber, said: “In my experience Reservists are exceptionally committed individuals who are an asset to the civilian workplace. We currently employ one Army Reservist and I believe that the specialist training he has received through the Armed Forces has enhanced his team working abilities, communication skills and ability to work under pressure in our organisation. We are delighted to be receiving an award from the MOD.”

Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd has also been invited to attend the presentation event.

Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director at Toyota’s Vehicle Manufacturing Plant in Derby, said: “At Toyota we are proud to support our employees who volunteer to serve their country as Reservists.  We have two employees who are active Reservists and a third employee who is going through the recruitment process to join the Army Reserve.   The individuals benefit greatly from the skills and experience they gain during their military training.  Their team-work and high personal standards are invaluable within our lean manufacturing environment”.