“I would like to thank all the organisations that have been recognised in this year’s awards. I’m delighted that we have seen so many organisations recognised with a gold award. Their continued support demonstrates the unique benefits and strengths that our Armed Forces community can bring to the workplace”Minister for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families, Dr Andrew Murrison
18 Employers from the Greater London region have been awarded the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award 2023.
The 2023 Gold ERS Awardees are:
Bank of England
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Danny Sullivan Group
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Services Outreach Support
Universal Defence and Security Solutions
Vitavox – Tactical Communication Systems
Nearly 200 organisations have been recognised nationwide by the UK Government for supporting the Armed Forces community, a record high since the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme launched in 2013.
This year, organisations across a range of sectors including transportation, education, finance, and healthcare have been recognised in the awards.
Of the Gold Award winners, 28% are either micro or small-sized organisations, while 47% are large organisations with over 500 employees. This not only demonstrates the importance of the Covenant but the skills and benefits that ex-service personnel can bring businesses.
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, delivered by Defence Relationship Management has a current total of 641 holders. Organisations must reapply every five years to retain their Gold Award status.
To win a Gold award from the Ministry of Defence, organisations must provide 10 extra paid days leave for reservists, and have supportive HR policies in place for reservists, veterans, Cadet Force adult volunteers and the spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.
They must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community, by encouraging other organisations to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage with the Employer Recognition Scheme.
This year, Marks & Spencer Plc, Motorola Solutions UK Ltd, Hilton and Toyota Manufacturing UK are among the household names that have been recognised, alongside many small organisations including the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.