July 18th 2014


A Newark based employer has been awarded for supporting the Reserve Forces this week picking up their certificate at No. 10 Downing Street on Thursday 17 July.

Amalgam Training, who is based on Halifax Court, Fernwood Business Park in Newark, received the Employer Recognition Scheme award for exemplar support for Defence and the Armed forces. Being described as advocates for Defence, the organisation has demonstrated their support by signing the Corporate Covenant and has pledged to support Reservists, Veterans, Service leavers and other Defence initiatives.

Each gold award winner, including Amalgam Training who currently employs one Reservist, was invited to a formal reception held in London to collect their award.

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.

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reserve Forces and Employers) Director attended the national presentation event. He said: “The importance of employers’ support for the Reserve Forces is widely acknowledged throughout Defence. The gold awards in this new Employer Recognition Scheme recognise those employers who are advocates for the Reserve Forces.

“In this inaugural set of presentations only 10 employers nationwide received the gold award and I am delighted that Amalgam Training and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, both based in Nottinghamshire, are among them. This is appropriate recognition for a long record of support.”

Dean HydeDean HydeSpeaking ahead of the event Dean Hyde, Managing Director of Amalgam Training, said: “I will be attending the presentation event at No.10 Downing Street with our Reservist Major Darren Knight, who trains with 160 Transport Regiment Royal Logistic Corps in Grantham.

“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.

“Being an employer I do not see any difference between employing a Reservist and a female employee where we have to allow for periods of leave due to maternity. I do see a need to educate employers about issues surrounding the subject with regards to public opinion about openly supporting our armed forces and how the employment of such an individual can provide value to their business and the issues for both Reservists and employers. I have always found that those people I have recruited from a military background to be disciplined, loyal, honest and well trained. Ex-service leavers are a natural resource for our Reserve Forces and so I will continue to educate as many employers as I can to recruit Reservists.”

Defence Minister Anna Soubry said: “Growing our Reserve Forces is not something that we can do alone. This is about working in partnership with employers, giving them the support they need and showing them that in turn, their Reservists can give a lot back too. I’m very proud to see so many employers being recognised for the backing and encouragement they are showing their Reservists, and hope to see many more follow suit.”

Each award was presented at the event by David Cameron.