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November 19th 2015

Lincolnshire businesses awarded for supporting the Armed Forces Community

Five Lincolnshire businesses have received an award for showing their support to the Armed Forces Community.

The organisations who are based in North Hykeham, Grantham, Lincoln and Spalding have received a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Certificate for demonstrating their support to military personnel and their families and for pledging that support through the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

Two of the businesses attended a presentation dinner at held at Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire on Wednesday 18 November.

Colonel Stuart Williams with Suzanne Smith from Coveris Flexibles UKSuzanne Smith, Group HR Director at Coveris, received the award on behalf of the Spalding-based business. She said: “At Coveris, we think it is important to support the Armed Forces community within our business because Armed Forces personnel offer employers a huge amount of experience and expertise, as well as commitment not only to their job, but also to the wider team. We actively seek to employ members of the Armed Forces as we believe the training they receive as part of the military and the skills they can develop are an integral part to the success of Coveris as a whole.”

Jim Mulholland, Technical Consultant at Inzpire Ltd, who are based in Lincoln, explained: “We are honoured to receive this silver award as it has particular significance for us as a business as over 70% of our workforce are members of the Armed Forces Community. I myself have 25 years military experience and feel a sense of achievement at being able to accept this award on behalf of my organisation. At Inzpire, we provide members of the Armed Forces who have left the services with help and support to ensure they can retain their specialist skillset and experience and help to ensure that it is used to its full potential.

“This award will be proudly placed in our conference room as recognition for our honour at being presented with it this evening and we continue to strive towards receiving a gold award in the future.”

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers) Director, said: “The purpose of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme is to recognise and reward those organisations who show their support towards defence. Each of the employers awarded have HR policies and procedures relating to the support of Armed Forces personnel, they have shown flexibility towards Reservist employees’ training commitments and mobilisation as well as showing support towards those who volunteer as leaders in the Cadet Forces.

Employers awarded for supporting the Armed Forces community“The event at Kelham Hall was a success, with many of the attendees commenting they enjoyed speaking to other employers about their experiences of employing Reservists and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and the benefits this can bring to their business.”

11 employers from private sector businesses around the East Midlands have been awarded in total for showing their support to the Armed Forces Community.

To find out more about how you could volunteer your employer to receive an Employer Recognition Scheme award visit www.gov.uk/mod/employer-relations

“This award will be proudly placed in our conference room as recognition for our honour at being presented with it this evening and we continue to strive towards receiving a gold award in the future.”