December 11th 2014


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

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

The awards were presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Derbyshire, William Tucker at Morley Hayes Hotel, Main Road, Morley, Derbyshire on Tuesday 9 December 2014.

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: “The presentation event was a great success with many of those in attendance having the opportunity to speak to other Derbyshire employers about their experiences of employing Reservists.

“The MOD received over 500 nominations for Silver awards across the UK and 85 have been awarded to employers based in the East Midlands.”

Al Prescott and Reservist Samantha Emery from HZL with HM Lord-Lieutenant William TuckerAl Prescott and Reservist Samantha Emery from HZL with HM Lord-Lieutenant William TuckerAl Prescott, Managing Director at HZL in Derby, attended the event. He said: “HZL value the skill set that Reservists bring to the organisation. We are very proud to be both nominated for the award and to be presented with the certificate today.”

Rob Cox, On Train Planning Strategy Manager at East Midlands Trains, said: “We are very supportive of our staff who serve in the Armed Forces as Reservists. We see this as an opportunity for individuals to develop themselves and understand the benefits that their transferable skills bring to our business. We are focussed on delivering great service to our customers so the way in which individual Reservists present themselves and interact with our customers makes a real difference.”

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, based in Chesterfield, said: “We are delighted to have received this award from the Ministry of Defence in recognition of our support for the SaBRE campaign and reservists in business.

“There are a vast number of individuals in the Reserve Forces gaining knowledge and experience relevant to business. Reservists are generally highly-trained, motivated and extremely capable employees who can only add to their skills, knowledge and experience when they are deployed. Businesses which allow them to do so will reap the benefits when they return to work.

Julian Brazier TD MP, Minister for Reserves said: “I am delighted with the positive response to the Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme, launched by the Prime Minister in July this year. Over 360 employers have already been recognised with the Silver Award via this scheme. We look forward to recognising many more employers in future.”