Employer Recognition Scheme

In 2014 the Prime Minister launched the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, to recognise and reward UK employers for their support and commitment towards the Defence community.

There are three tiers of award – Gold, Silver and Bronze – for employers who pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the Armed Forces Community in alignment with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Gold Award

Gold Award holders proactively advocate and support Defence, communicating their commitment both internally to employees and externally to the wider community, through established policies and examples of support.

Gold Award holders demonstrate significant support for Reservists, enabling them to fulfil their annual training and mobilisation commitments.




Silver Award

Silver Awards holders demonstrate support for Defence, employing at least one Reservist, actively communicating and upholding a positive stance to their employees via established HR policies and procedures.

Silver Award holders support Reservists by showing flexibility to plan for and allow them to fulfil their annual training and mobilisation commitments.





Bronze Award

Bronze Award holders are self-nominated by employers who pledge their intention to support Defence, and take a positive stance towards Reservists who are either existing or prospective employees.

Bronze Award holders seek to promote an Armed Forces friendly position, and are open to employing Reservists and supporting their training and mobilisation commitments.





Nominate your organisation for an ERS Award.

To nominate your organisation for an ERS Award, click here.

You can nominate your organisation for an ERS Bronze Award at any time.

The ERS Silver and Gold award nominations processes are now closed for 2019.


Gold ERS Award Holders

City Building
City of Edinburgh Council

Dumfries & Galloway Council
Edinburgh Napier University
Future Sales Factory
Inverclyde Council
James McVicar Print Works
Keir Group plc
Midlothian Council
NHS Scotland
Rangers Football Club / Rangers Charity Foundation
Scottish Ambulance Service
Standard Life Aberdeen plc

Silver ERS Award Holders

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce
BD Print
Bell Group
Billie Bowie Special Projects
Bright Purple Resourcing
Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers
City Cabs (Edinburgh)
Clyde Bergemann Investments
Dawnfresh Seafoods
Digby Landscaping and Maintenance
East Ayrshire Council
East Lothian Council
East Renfrewshire Council
Forrest Precision Engineering
Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow Taxis
GRAHAM Construction
Highlander Outdoor
Heriot Watt University
MacTaggart Scott
Mortgage Advice Bureau
NHS Ayrshire & Arran
NHS Lanarkshire
NHS Lothian
North Ayrshire Council
Phoenix Group
RB Safety Consultants
Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce
Scottish Borders Council
Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Scottish Engineering
Scottish Power
Scottish Rugby Union
South Ayrshire Council
South Lanarkshire Council
Suntino Renewable Energy
Turner Facilities Management
University of Glasgow
Weir Group plc
West Lothian Council
WorkSmart Contracts

Bronze ERS Award Holders

Children’s University
Equipped Publishing
Improvement Service
Montium Training Group
Ogilvie Munro Corporate Finance
River Clyde Homes
Teekay Shipping (Glasgow)
The Flat Company
The Homework Diary Company
Wills Bros Civil Engineering


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