April 30th 2014

Celebrating Her Majesty’s birthday parade

A number of employers from Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire have received a certificate of thanks for supporting Reservists at a special ceremony in London organised to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday.

Following the event, which took place on 15 June, each of the employers made their way to the RAF Club in Piccadilly where a certificate presentation was held to thank the individual organisations for demonstrating their understanding and support of Reservists in the East Midlands. The awards were presented by Mr Willie Tucker, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Derbyshire.

The following businesses received a certificate:

  • Derbyshire Police
  • Peak District National Park Authority
  • TQ Training Group (based in Daventry, Northamptonshire)
  • High Peak Borough Council
  • Central Nottingham Clinical Services

John Wilson, SaBRE Regional Director for the East Midlands, said: “Although The Queen was born on the 21st April, it is traditional to celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday publicly on a day in the summer when the weather is generally better. The trip to London gave us a chance to thank employers who have demonstrated support for the Volunteer Reserve Forces with HR policies that allow  Reservists to attend military training and by backing them through possible mobilisation.
“SaBRE was set up by the Ministry of Defence to provide a single point of contact for employers who wanted general advice about employing a Reservist, information on training obligations, advice on their legal rights and responsibilities and claiming compensation if their employee is mobilised. I have received excellent feedback from the businesses who attended today’s (15 June) excursion and presentation, and would like to thank them personally for their continued commitment.”

Jim Dixon, Chief Executive Officer at Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We have an open, liberal and positive policy on volunteering of any kind. This is hugely valuable for individuals if they are volunteering as a Reservist or are perhaps volunteering as part of our emergency services. Overall we find that those colleagues who do volunteer get further training and become more responsible individuals which of course benefits our organisation.”