November 27th 2014


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

The businesses from Lincoln, Grantham and Gainsborough 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 Lincolnshire, Tony Worth.

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 employer’s value and respect including professionalism, adaptability, physical courage, management skills and problem-solving ability.

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

Linda Houtby, Principal at Grantham College, has been invited to the awards event. She said: “The College currently employs two Army Reservists and we have been delighted with the variety of transferable skills they bring back into the civilian workplace. Skills such as leadership, problem-solving, decision making, communication and team building enhanced through Armed Forces training programmes, we believe are an excellent asset to our organisation. We are delighted to be receiving a Silver award from the MOD.”