His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex presented SMJ Consulting Services with the MOD’s highest badge of honour in recognition of their commitment to the Armed Forces community during a glittering awards ceremony in London on Monday night. (November 12)
The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award is the highest award for organisations which have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrated outstanding support for those who serve and have served, with those winners honoured at Lancaster House.
SMJ Consulting Services’ managing director Brigadier (Retd) Andrew Jackson, head of marketing, Samantha Wilson and Recruitment consultant, Francine McKay attended the awards at the historic venue. Francine was SMJ’s first employee and is an RAF veteran and military spouse, currently living in Holland with her husband, an RAF Serviceman.
Andrew Jackson said: “All of the SMJ Consulting team are thrilled that our work with employers and transitioning and former Service men and women has been recognised with this Gold Award. We were delighted to be presented with our award in the company of 51 other recipients of the award.
“We look forward to furthering our support of the Armed Forces community by continuing to advocate the Armed Forces Covenant and helping employers plan and implement structured, sustainable and measurable programmes to deliver their pledges in ways that are increasingly meaningful to the Armed Forces community."
The ERS Gold Awards recognise employers who actively support the Armed Forces community in their workplace and also encourage others to follow their lead. The award scheme, which attracts entries from companies in every part of the country and in the private and public sectors, has seen a rapid increase in participation since it launched in 2014.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Those who have served our country so courageously deserve the full support of organisations across the public and private sector. The breadth and diversity of this year’s Gold Award winners shows how business support for the armed forces continues to flourish. I offer my gratitude and congratulations to all the winners.”
Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: “When people leave the armed forces, they do so with unique skills and experiences that can benefit businesses and organisations across the country. These awards show just how valued and in demand these skills are. I encourage more businesses to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant and show their support for our brave service leavers.”
Managing Director, Andrew Jackson attended another awards ceremony on Wednesday night, after SMJ Consulting Services was named as one of three finalists in the Heropreneurs Awards small business employer of the year category. Although we did not take the award home – we were delighted to be shortlisted for the honour. The awards were presented by broadcaster and journalist Naga Munchetty at a black-tie dinner at the Plaisterers Hall in London.