November 25th 2014


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

The businesses from Nottingham, Mansfield, Sutton in Ashfield, Worksop and Newark received a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver award for demonstrating their support to Reservist employees.

Certificates were presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace at The Carriage Hall, Station Road, Plumtree, Nottingham on Thursday 20 November.

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 Nottinghamshire employers about their experience 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.”

Dean Fathers, Chair, of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, attended the event. He said: “The leadership attributes, the level of commitment and the value that Reservists provide is exceptional in our experience. We are delighted we are able to engage as a caring and supportive employer without Reservists.

Peter Ripley, Associate Director of Operations, at East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, also received a certificate. He said: “It is fantastic to receive the award today. As an emergency service we are keen to support the Armed Forces community. Reservists have many transferable skills that benefit both their colleagues and our patients.”

Paul Bingham, Director of Asset Management, at Ashfield Homes Ltd, said: “Ashfield Homes Ltd is proud to receive the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award for supporting Reservist employees. Recently a member of our team was mobilised for several months on active service in Afghanistan following 30 years’ with the Territorial Army. As a Company we recognise the important role played by Reservists in defence of our Country and we are happy to contribute wherever we are able.”

Andrew Storey, Director at Willsons Group Services Printing, who are based in Newark, attended the event. He said: “Reservists are team players and their analytical skills bring a lot to the work force. We have two Reservists at Willsons Printing who both train at RAF Waddington. We are very honoured to receive the award today and encourage others to support Reservists too.”