December 10th 2014


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

The employers from Northampton, Wellingborough, Kettering, Towcester and Daventry 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 Northamptonshire, David Laing at Rushton Hall Hotel, Rushton, Northamptonshire on Monday 8 December.

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 Northamptonshire 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.”

Michael Motley from TQ Training Group with HM Lord-Lieutenant David LaingMichael Motley from TQ Training Group with HM Lord-Lieutenant David LaingMike Motley, Managing Director at TQ Training Group, who are based in Daventry received an award at the event. He said: “The company has been supporting Reserves for more than 15 years. It is really important to support the military community and we actively recruit both Reservists and ex-regulars as we find their transferable skill set hugely beneficial.”

Kent Thompson, Managing Director at Pertemps Ltd, attended the event. He said: “We are really proud to get the award as it is a testimony to the staff at Pertemps Ltd who have been running our MOD project in predominantly recruiting Reservist LGV drivers over the last 18 months. We are now looking to expand our recruitment offering to employing Reservist categories of all Military staff from doctors and nurses to engineers and airline pilots.”

Mark Simmons, HR Director at Norbert Dentressangle, said: “We are very pleased to receive the award. It is good to see the focus on employer engagement that supports the link between Reservists and their employers. We are very appreciative for today’s recognition.”

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.”