19 Scottish employers have received a top award from the Ministry of Defence for their outstanding support for the Armed Forces.
The prestigious accolade is the second-highest badge of honour available to organisations that employ and support Reservists, service leavers, Veterans and their families.
Each Silver Award winner has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a commitment to supporting Defence through services, policy and projects.
Employers have gone above and beyond with their support through engaging with initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the Armed Forces into a new career and providing flexibility for Reservists.
Major General Marc Overton, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves & Cadets), said: ‘I would like to thank and congratulate the recipients of this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards. A Silver award recognises the fantastic efforts of employers throughout the UK who have both elevated their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and provided actual benefits to the Armed Forces Community. The winners should all be proud of their life-changing impact and fresh opportunities they are providing to our Reservists, veterans, and their families. The number of winners this year yet again shows that the Armed Forces family talent pool is also providing tangible business benefit.’
The following companies and organisations will be presented with the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in October 2023:
The Aardvark Group specialises in designing mechanical land mine clearance equipment, and counts six NATO armies, including the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces, among its clientele.
Aggreko delivers energy solutions globally, providing their customers with power, heating and air conditioning when, where and for however long it’s needed.
City of Glasgow College is Scotland’s largest technical and professional skills college. Great synergy with Defence can be found at the college’s Riverside Campus, a training facility with over 3,000 Maritime and Engineering students.
Clearwater DC Limited enjoys a reputation as one of the UK’s leading waste management companies, aiming to meet client requirements in an efficient, cost-effective and environmentally safe way.
Curtis Moore (Cladding) Ltd. is a family-run business that has grown substantially since its establishment in 2000, and that believes firmly in delivering quality projects to the highest professional standards.
Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport, welcoming more than 14.7 million people through its doors in 2019. Directly employing around 750 staff with a further 7000 across the campus, the airport is a strategic employer of and advocate for Defence people in Scotland’s capital.
Edinburgh Trams is the award winning operator of the city’s tramway with a vision to be an integral part of the future success of Edinburgh and the Lothians by providing world-class, environmentally-friendly and socially-inclusive transport.
G&S Vehicle Repair is a Glasgow-based car repair and maintenance business boasting 50 years of combined experience. Though small, the company is committed to honouring its Armed Forces Covenant pledges with help from Lowland RFCA.
Founded in 2020 by two Royal Air Force veterans, i3 Secure Ltd is a small cybersecurity and data protection consultancy based in East Kilbride. With security at the heart of its services, i3 Secure Ltd greatly values the many transferable skills that Reservists and veterans can bring to its team.
- Industrial Pumps and Gearboxes Limited
Since achieving the Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award, Industrial Pumps & Gearboxes Limited has gone above and beyond to establish itself as a Forces-friendly employer.
Based in Glasgow, Lucid Interiors provides contract and high-end interior & architectural design solutions for a wide range of hospitality, corporate and leisure clients.
NG Homes is the largest community-controlled housing association in Glasgow and provides accommodation in the Springburn, Possilpark, Balornock and Parkhouse areas of Glasgow. NG Homes is wholly committed to providing a ‘community where people can flourish and prosper’, and is keen to ensure that current and former members of the Armed Forces are included in that community.
North Lanarkshire serves just shy of 350,000 people over 181 square miles, containing many of Glasgow’s commuter towns and villages. At the request of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, North Lanarkshire Council has partnered with South Lanarkshire Council to ensure Armed Forces Covenant pledges are fulfilled.
Portkil Seaview Estates Limited works closely with the Ministry of Defence to provide private sector housing for military personnel and their families, offering discounts and incentives to facilitate this.
- Prolek Auto Electrical Services Limited
For over 40 years Prolek Auto Electrical Services Limited has been dedicated to providing high quality auto repairs and services from its base in Springburn, Glasgow.
As one of the UK’s leading railway contractors, QTS Group covers a range of specialist services including Vegetation Management, Civil Engineering and Geotechnical Services. The organisation has been a regular presence at Lowland RFCA events and has a specialised Armed Forces recruitment page on its website.
Respray Your Kitchen & Furniture is a Glasgow-based employer with a sound understanding of the work and contributions of the Cadet Forces in Scotland, as the owner’s children are themselves involved in the RAF Air Cadets.
Based in Paisley, St Mirren FC Charitable Foundation, is the charity wing of the community-owned football club. The organisation is committed to implementing positive change in the local community and providing a brighter and more hopeful future.
Who Dares Cares is a Hamilton-based charity dedicated to supporting the Armed Forces and Blue Light Services across the UK. The organisation counts a number of Reservists and CFAVs among its volunteer team.