North West Employers win Silver for support to Defence

Fifty one organisations from across the North West of England have been awarded Silver under the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for their support to Defence and the wider Armed Forces community.

The Employer Recognition Scheme was launched to reward employers who support Defence People objectives and encourage others to do the same. This includes employing serving and former members of the Armed Forces community, and demonstrating flexibility towards training and mobilisation commitments for Reservists and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.

This year the following employers from across the North West of England have been awarded Silver:

Advocacy Focus
Ainscough Crane Hire
Aiva Technical Ltd
An Turas North Ltd
Bay Tree Cookery Academy
Big Heritage CiC
Blessed John Henry Newman RC College
Body & Mind First Aid Training
Bury Council
Cheetham Hill Construction
Cheshire East Council
Complete Training Solutions
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS FT
DA Languages
District Homes CiC
Electricity North West
Enabling Homes
Great British Communications
Handsfree Group
Innovative Alliance
Institute of Government & Public Policy
Knowsley Estate
Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital NHS FT
NHS Halton CCG
NHS Warrington CCG
O’Connor Utilities
Offshore Painting Services
PH Blinds & Curtains
Pinnacle Risk
Preston City Council
Project RECCE
Remote Area Risk International
Brunswick Youth & Community Centre – Revalidation
Cheshire West & Chester Council – Revalidation
East Lancashire Hospitals Trust NHS FT – Revalidation
Eddie Stobart – Revalidation
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service – Revalidation
North West Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority – Revalidation
Northern Care Alliance – Revalidation
Oldham Council – Revalidation
Protective Security – Revalidation
Riverside Group – Revalidation
University of Bolton – Revalidation
Royal Gibraltar Police
Southway Housing Trust
Spearhead Security
Stobart Aviation
Story Contracting
The Greener Gardening Company
University of Cumbria
Virsec

Commenting on the announcement of the 2022 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards; Colonel Mark Underhill OBE DL, Chief Executive at the North West of England and the Isle of Man Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (NW RFCA), said:

“On behalf of the Ministry of Defence we are honoured and delighted to be able to recognise the outstanding support and commitment given to the Armed Forces Covenant by businesses and organisations in the region, through the Employer Recognition Scheme awards. Each recipient has demonstrated not only that their support to the Covenant and the wider Armed Forces community, but also that they are prepared to support their Reservists, Service Leavers, Spouses, Veterans, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and Cadets in the workplace.”

About the Employer Recognition Scheme

The Employer Recognition Scheme is accessible online and uses a tiered approach for awards. At the Bronze level employers are able to state their intent to support Defence, the regional Silver level recognises employers who actively demonstrate support and at the highest national level the Gold awards recognise those who have become advocates. A dedicated website www.gov.uk/mod/employer-recognition supports the Employer Recognition Scheme allowing organisations to declare their support at Bronze level and for nominations to be made for both Gold and Silver awards.

The North West of England and the Isle of Man Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (NW RFCA)

The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for the North West of England and Isle of Man (NW RFCA) is the organisation which facilitates, supports and promotes the Reserve Forces of all three Armed Services and the three Cadet organisations in the region. www.nwrfca.org.uk

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