Blackpool FC Community Trust Receive ERS Silver Award

Ministry of Defence grants 56 organisations and businesses the Silver Award under the Employer Recognition Scheme.

56 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:

AF&V Launchpad Limited
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Ashfields Primary Care Centre
Blackpool FC Community Trust
Bolton Council
Broughton House Veteran Care Village
Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Ltd
Challenge The Wild Ltd
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Connolly Ltd
Crest Medical Ltd
CSC2 Ltd
Cumbria Chamber of Commerce & Industry Ltd
Dig In CIO
DosaFil Limited
Expleo Engineering UK Ltd (EEUK)
GGR Group Limited
Go North West
Green Pass Training LTD
Hard Hitters Fitness & Wellbeing
In Professional Development Ltd (InPD)
Irwell Valley Homes
James Fisher Subtech
Keep Safe Solutions Ltd
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Liverpool Football Club Foundation
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
Manx Radio
Mayfield House Residential Care Home Ltd
Mid Cheshire Hospital Foundation Trust
MJ Quinn Integrated Services Limited
Muller MMID
New Generation Training and Consultancy Limited
NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICB
Northern Estates Services Limited
Nuclear Waste Services
Roq Ltd
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
SolidTek Limited
Standing Tall Foundation
The University of Salford
The Walton Centre NHS FT
Thin Blue Line Group Limited
tmc3 Ltd
TransPennine Express
UKK9 Security Group LTD
VTA Recruitment
Warrington & Vale Royal College
Wellacre Academy
William Howard School
Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Workforce Recruitment (North West) Ltd
Wragg Mark-Bell Solicitors Ltd

Commenting on the announcement of the 2023 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards; Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserve & Cadets), Major General Marc Overton 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.”

Commenting on the announcement of the 2023 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.”

Matt Hilton, Blackpool FC Community Trust Deputy CEO said:

“The Community Trust has been a proud signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant for a number of years.  We’re proud to have moved up from a bronze to a silver award level this year, by increasing our active support and advocacy for services colleagues within the Trust and from the wider community.

We look forward to maintaining our engagement, including informing service personnel about the career opportunities Blackpool FC Community Trust can provide”.