South East Gold ERS Awards 2023

On Thursday 5th October 2023, employers and organisations from across the South East attended a ceremony at HMS Warrior in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard to receive their Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards; the Ministry of Defence’s highest badge of honour in recognition of supporting the Armed Forces Community.

After receiving their awards, attendees watched performances by 3 PWRR Fanfare Trumpeters, the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers (QGE) 36 Engineer Regiment (Based in Maidstone), the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Corps of Drums and Gordons School Pipe Band


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.

Across the South East, 26 Organisations have received their Gold Award:

  1. Aggie Weston’s
  2. Antac Support Services
  3. Aquila ATMS
  4. BFBS
  5. Buckinghamshire Council
  6. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  7. Canterbury City Council
  8. Combat Stress
  9. Diamond Light Source
  10. East Sussex County Council
  11. F M Conway Limited
  12. Frimley Health Foundation Trust
  13. Havant Borough Council
  14. Joint Security Services Ltd
  15. Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  16. MKC Training
  17. Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  18. Parico Limited
  19. Quadratek Infrastructure Ltd
  20. RJC (Mechanical) Ltd
  21. SeaSafe Systems Ltd
  22. Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions 1
  24. TEKEVER Ltd
  25. Thakeham Group
  26. The Royal Navy, Army and Airforce Institutes (NAAFI)

Group Captain Keith Lane RAF (Retd), Head of Engagement at SERFCA adds “Congratulations to all our Gold award winners of 2023! Achieving gold status involves an incredible amount of work and commitment. Thank you for your dedication to supporting our Armed Forces community.”

Follow the link below to find out more about the Employer Recogntion Scheme: