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Burnley Council awarded gold for supporting the Armed Forces Community

Release date: 
Thursday, 22 July, 2021

Burnley Council one of 18 North West employers awarded gold for supporting the Armed Forces Community

Burnley Council is one of 18 organisations to have received the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for their outstanding support towards the Armed Forces community, Defence Minister Leo Docherty has announced.

Representing the highest badge of honour, Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards are awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families. This year’s awardees brings the total number of Gold holders to 493.

Councillor Cosima Towneley, the councils armed forces champion remarked “This is magnificent recognition of the proactive stance Burnley Council takes to support staff at work, rest and play.  As a Council we believe emphatically that supporting staff in a work/life balance makes us a more rounded organisation capable of better leadership because we nurture a broader range of skills and diversity of interests.”

The following 18 employers from across the North West of England have been awarded Gold:

  • Burnley Council
  • Armed Forces Community HQ
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
  • Commando Joe's
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Healthier Heroes CIC
  • Nuclear Transport Solutions (NTS)
  • Isle of Man Government
  • Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Trust
  • Manchester City Council
  • Merseyside Police
  • Salford City Council
  • Self Build Heroes
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • Transport Training Academy Ltd
  • University of Chester
  • Veterans in Sefton CIO (VIS)
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Burnley Council Leader Afrasiab Anwar reported “We are delighted to have been recognised with this prestigious award. Burnley Council is committed to supporting those who serve, veterans and their families. We have seen first hand the positive impact as an employer and thank the armed forces for their contributions especially during this pandemic. I would also like to thank council staff for delivering on this commitment”.

To win an award, organisations must provide 10 extra paid days leave for Reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, Reserves, and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces. 

Organisations must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community by encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Leo Docherty said: 

“I would like to thank all the organisations who have proven their support for the Defence community during such unprecedented and challenging times.

“The vast range of those recognised this year demonstrates how employing the Armed Forces community makes a truly positive and beneficial impact for all employers, regardless of size, sector or location.”

This year, organisations include NHS trusts, educational institutions, financial services, hotels, charities, law firms, police services, football clubs and museums. Nearly 50 per cent are a small or medium-sized enterprise and 72 per cent are private companies, demonstrating the wide range of organisations offering support to the military community regardless of size, sector or location.

Jan Cox, Regional Employer Engagement Director 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 delighted to be able to recognise the support and commitment given to the Armed Forces Covenant by employers in the region, through the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold awards. Each recipient has demonstrated the highest level of support to the Armed Forces community and we thank them for their outstanding commitment and enthusiasm.” 

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