November 19th 2015

Nottinghamshire businesses awarded for supporting the Armed Forces Community

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

The organisations who are based in Beckingham, Chilwell, Edwinstowe and Nottingham 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.

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

Jonathon Wheeler, a Joiner at Permabond Laminates Ltd, who are based in Nottingham, said: “I was honoured to be invited and it was a privilege to attend the event on behalf of Permabond. We plan to display our certificate in our main showroom to demonstrate to everyone that we support the Armed Forces. As an organisation we now hope to work towards achieving a Gold Employer Recognition Scheme Award in the future.

“I’m an Army Reservist myself so I understand and appreciate how Permabond have supported me. SaBRE has always been in touch to offer advice and guidance to my workplace which I am grateful for.”

Employers awarded for supporting the Armed Forces communityJohnathan Slegg, Operations Director at ITAP, based in Beckingham, Nottinghamshire, attended the event. He said: “As a Reservist myself, I recognise and appreciate the skillset that members of the Armed Forces bring to a business. Currently we employ 10 members of the Armed Forces Community and we support them through our HR policy which actively allows them time-off to develop skills learnt through their military roles by attending training courses and deployment exercises.

“We are grateful to receive this silver award because it is recognition and acknowledgement for our support of the Armed Forces at one of the highest levels, and we continue to work towards supporting and actively recruiting more members of the Armed Forces into our business.”

Janet Ford, Head of Corporate Partnerships at SkillForce, based in Edwinstowe, was also in attendance at the presentation event. She said: “At SkillForce we employ a number of veterans and service leavers who can use their experience in serving their country to now serve their community. Our people bring the values and experience of their military backgrounds to act as role models in the lives of children and young people with whom the charity works in partnership with their schools.”

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.

“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 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

Read more here about the organisations awarded in Edwinstowe, Lincolnshire, Newark, Grantham, and Lincoln.

"I’m an Army Reservist myself so I understand and appreciate how Permabond have supported me."