November 27th 2014


17 Leicestershire-based employers from both the public and private sector have received a certificate for supporting Defence personnel.

The businesses from Markfield, Coalville, Loughborough, Leicester and Ibstock 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 Leicestershire, Lady Jennifer Gretton JP at Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, Leicestershire on Monday 24 November.

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 Leicestershire 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.”

Matthew Daly, Managing Director of Dalycom, who is based in Loughborough, attended the event. He said: “Coming here today shows that Reservists can add value to all sizes of companies from small to large – whether they work in the public or private sector. Recognition for employers who support Reservists is appreciated; I am delighted to receive the award and will continue to show my support for the Armed Forces community.”

Eddie Mewies from Mewies Engineering Consultants with Jennifer, Lady Gretton JP Eddie Mewies from Mewies Engineering Consultants with Jennifer, Lady Gretton JP Eddie Mewies, Managing Director of M-EC in Ibstock, was also in attendance. He said: “We have helped and encouraged our current Reservist’s involvement in the Army Reserve. There are many mutual benefits of employing Reservists in our experience. A few of our other staff are now interested in becoming Reservists too and we will continue to show our support if they do decide to join a Reserve Force in the future.”

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.”