Northampton businesses awarded for supporting employees in the military

David Laing with Northamptonshire award winners
David Laing with Northamptonshire award winners

Four Northampton employers have been awarded for showing their support to Reservist employees.

A Watts and Sons Ltd, Asda Stores Ltd, Norbert Dentressangle and Northamptonshire Police were all presented with a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver award during a special ceremony at the Rushton Hall Hotel this week.

They were presented with their awards by Lord Lieutenant for Northamptonshire, David Laing, along with five other Northamptonshire-based private and public companies, including Cummins DBU UK in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire Primary Care Trust in Kettering, South Northamptonshire Council in Towcester, TQ Training Group in Daventry and Pertemps Ltd, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

HR Director at Norbert Dentressangle, Mark Simmons, said: “We are pleased to support Reservists in our workplace because, in my experience, Reservists develop a great many skills through their Reserve Forces training that can also be applied in their day-to-day role at Norbert Dentressangle such as communication and team working.

“We are very pleased to receive the award. It is good to see the focus on employer engagement that supports the link between Reservists and their employers. We are very appreciative for today’s recognition.”

Reservists are men and women who give up their free time to train alongside regular (full-time) military forces and may be called to service in times of need at home or abroad.

Kent Thompson, managing director at Pertemps Ltd, added: “Being an ex-serviceman myself, I am passionate about helping any military service personnel find employment.

“In my experience Reservists are dedicated and committed individuals who have benefited from many Armed Forces training courses and bring skills such as leadership, self-confidence and the ability to work under pressure, which are assets to our business.”

Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers) campaign director for the East Midlands, John Wilson, said: “I am delighted that nine Northamptonshire-based employers are being recognised by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The MOD received over 500 nominations for Silver awards across the UK and 85 are being presented to employers based in the East Midlands.”