The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has received a Silver Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).
The award is in recognition of its work as an employer of people from the Armed Forces communities, as well as using its platform to encourage the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses to do the same, and for successfully influencing Government policy to enable more SMEs to employ veterans.
The ERS encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant. The ERS is designed primarily to recognise private sector support.
FSB’s CEO, Julie Lilley, said: “I’m very proud that FSB has received this award in recognition of our work as an employer.
“Currently, five of our employees at FSB are from the Armed Forces community. That community is a huge pool of talent and employees from it bring strong skills to our business – teamwork, leadership, resilience, as well as specialisms such as cyber.”
Assistant chief of defence staff, Major General Marc Overton, added: “I’d like to thank and congratulate FSB as a recipient of this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award. This Silver Award recognises the fantastic efforts of FSB as an employer which has elevated its commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and provided actual benefit to the Armed Forces Community.”