November 14th 2014


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

The businesses from Nottingham, Mansfield, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Worksop and Newark 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 Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace.

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 26 employers from Nottinghamshire are being recognised by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The MOD received over 500 nominations for Silver awards across the UK and 80 are being presented to employers based in the East Midlands.”

Ian Barnett, Managing Director at ITB Fabrications, based in Nottingham, has been invited to the awards event. He said: “I understand the value of Reservists in the work place. In my experience the Reservists at ITB Fabrications have been disciplined individuals who have a ‘can do’ attitude. I hired my first Reservist more than ten years ago and because this was a positive experience I decided to recruit a further Reservist to work within our team.”