January 9th 2015


A Newark-based employer has been presented with a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold award for supporting Defence personnel.

Dean Hyde, Managing Director of an investigation training company  in Newark received the prestigious Gold award for providing exemplar support for Defence and the Armed forces.

Dean has employed and supported two Reservists who gave up their spare time to train with the Armed Forces.

He explained: “I have always found that individuals I have recruited from a military background have been disciplined, loyal, honest and well trained. Ex-service leavers are a natural resource for our Reserve Forces and so I will continue to encourage as many employers as I can to recruit Reservists into their businesses.

“I have always supported Reservists as I see it as part of my civic duty as we are becoming increasingly dependent on these individuals to supplement our defence capabilities as a nation.

“I previously attended a reception at No.10 Downing Street to be thanked personally by our Prime Minister for supporting Reservists. It is a great honour to receive the certificate today.”

The award was presented by Group captain Nick Sharpe, the Chief Executive of East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association on Wednesday 7 January.

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reserve Forces and Employers) Director, said: “There have been just two gold award winners in the East Midlands, both having been advocates for the Reserve Forces and Defence personnel in general; pledging to support Reservists, Veterans, Service leavers and other Defence initiatives.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to acknowledge Dean’s continuous support for the Reserve Forces by the presentation this Gold award certificate.” 

Reservists are men and women from a range of backgrounds who give up their time to serve with one of the Reserve Forces alongside their civilian career.