Meet our Shortlisted Finalists for the Welsh Veterans Awards 2020!

The Veterans Awards are proud to announce our shortlisted Finalists for this years Welsh Veterans Awards, due to be held at the Village Hotel Cardiff on the 26th August 2020. Sponsored by Sinclair Audi Bridgend and in Support of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Wales!

Well done to everyone who has been shortlisted as finalists. We had 100’s of applications and the shortlisting process was extremely difficult. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who put forward nominations.

We want to Inspire our future service leavers that great things can happen. Its you who will act as role models and in some cases mentors, remember Positivity breeds Positivity.

Our Finalists are :

 

Role Model of the Year- Sponsored by Royal Educare

Ryan Roberts MPCT
Michelle Williams Veterans UK – VWS
Mike Smith Hard Target Airsoft
Dawn Evans Ajuda
Dai Matthews War Paws

 

Inspiration of the Year Award – Sponsored by Porters Estate Agents

Michael Allen Endex
Roger Lees Change Step
Ian Williams Regimental Cleaning Services
John Fulcher Porthcawl Veterans Hub

The Community Awards – Sponsored by RV1 Group

Russell Kitely Group 617
Adrian Rabey The British Training Board
Cyril Turner Royal British Legion
Paul O’ Dwyer TATA Steel

Contribution to the Welsh Fitness Industry and Society – Sponsored by Print Inc

Neil Adams Mindset Functional Fitness
Adam White Commando X Fit
Rob Morgan KIS Fitness & Revival Escape
Joshua Ryan Hicks

Health & Well-being Award  – Sponsored by  Audi Sinclair 

SOFIT
The VC Gallery
Mindset Functional Fitness
The Bull Dogs
Coleg Cambria
Cardiff City FC  Foundation

Leavers to Leaders Award  – Sponsored by Leavers to Leaders

Vincent Baldry Brightline Learning
Arwyn Watkins OBE Cambrian Training
Paul Taylor RE:ACT – Team Rubicon UK
Lucy Woodhouse Welsh Ambulance Service
Maria Lewis Age Connects Morgannwg
Alan Lowry Coleg Cambria

 


Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Pinnacle Document Solutions Group

Eoin Carson Foxbury Solutions
Phil Jones SOFIT
Colin Singer Wagtail
Oliver Williams Ollywood

 

Employer of the Year- Sponsored by AB Glass

Newport City Council
Wagtail
1940’s Swansea
MPCT

 

Veteran Owned Business  of the Year- Sponsored by Educ8 Training

Foxbury Solutions
Brightlink Learning
Ollywood
Cell Path Ltd
Hard Target
Ajuda

 

Volunteer of the Year –  Sponsored by Pathfinder Magazine

Naomi Anderson  Welsh Veterans Partnership
Jeff Rees  Barry Veterans Group
Sue Butler  Porthcawl Veterans Hub

Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by Hugh James

Steve Fisher
Winston Thomas MBE
Arwyn Watkins OBE Cambrian Training
John Thomas 1940’s Swansea
Peter Webber Cell Path

Reservist of the Year Award –  Sponsored by Sinclair Audi

James Drake Tata Steel
Kieron Long CI People
Bart Wilkins Read Construction Holdings Ltd

 

The Winners will be chosen by our Independent Judging Panel. The Judging panels names and profiles will be released over the coming weeks.

Our Shortlisted  finalists will be filmed in the fantastic Location of The Firing Line Museum Cardiff Castle on Wednesday 5th August. These videos will then be used on our extensive media campaign and will also be played on the evening itself, you will also receive your finalist certificate on this fantastic morning.

All our Shortlisted Finalists will have the opportunity to purchase tickets between 20th July and 1st August. If we do have to move the main awards evening because of the current Covid 19 Situation all tickets will be moved and secured for the new date accordingly.

For more details please get in touch.

Meet the Sponsors at the English Veterans Awards 2020

 

 

CXC are passionate about supporting our military community and those looking to transition into civilian life. We as a company of primarily ex-serving military staff understand the challenges and concerns our colleagues face as they look to make the decision to leave the armed forces. We believe it is important for businesses who provide similar transitional support to be recognised and encouraged to continue to provide this essential support to our serving colleagues.

The veteran’s awards provide recognition for existing businesses who look to support our military colleagues, both serving and looking to transition into civilian life. They also provide encouragement for other business considering supporting our military community by showing the value of providing such support. Businesses looking to support the awards benefit from a significant amount of publicity from the event, as well as attracting high calibre ex-military professionals, and business opportunities in support of defence requirements.

Company X Consulting are a consultancy SME company, with a family feel. We employ high calibre individuals who provide essential marketable skills in support of client requirements (including, but not limited to; Project Managers, Programme Managers, Cyber, Information Assurance, Business Change Managers, Business Analysts, Service Management, Service Design, Construction, Leadership, Training etc). The CXC family are primarily made up of ex-military, where CXC provide full transitional support for those looking to leave the armed forces and consider a career in consultancy. We (CXC) work with those individuals to guide them through their journey leaving the military, providing guidance on CV writing, how to find contracting roles, support traversing the complex matrix of recruiters, frameworks, and contracts, training, marketing, assistance in transferring military terminology into civilian and industry recognised formats, and full support during their time working with CXC. We focus on each member of the CXC family as an individual.

For more information on CXC ltd visit – https://cxc-ltd.com/#about

 

We are extremely happy to announce that Team Vigilance are sponsors at next year’s English Veterans Awards!

“Our military heritage and ethical approach are bringing a fresh perspective to the security industry.

Our military heritage is at the heart of everything we do, proven by our discipline, integrity and commitment to excellence. As an ethical business, we take our Corporate Social Responsibility seriously – we’re driven by the need to create positive change in the world.

We proudly employ ex-Armed Forces personnel, and look after them well. Their valuable skills and experience are a major asset to our business and our clients; they have a professionalism that is unmatched in the industry.

Vigilance is proud to employ military veterans, and has close ties to the Gurkha community. They have a strong sense of corporate responsibility, and support charities including Gurhka Welfare Trust, the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, Remembered There But Not There & the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity”

For more info on Vigilance please check out – http://vigilanceprotects.com/

All The Veterans Awards team appreciate your support and please keep up the amazing work you are doing!

 

 

 

Thank you to Angela Windsor MD of Print Inc sponsor at this year’s Welsh Veterans Awards

Print Inc. specialises in bespoke business to business embroidery, print, and merchandise supplies. Make the switch to Print Inc for hassle free uniform and work wear for your company.

Print Inc have recently completed an order for the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards Boxing team polo’s, their Operation TORAL (Afghanistan) and Belize tour t shirts  and they also print the water bottles for the Battalion.

They started off undertaking work for the Welsh Guards Boxing Team and then after they saw the quality of the items they wanted to work with us on other projects.

“We pride ourselves on quality embroidery and delivering excellence with each order and cant wait to hear the positive stories from our Military Veteran Community at the upcoming Awards”

For more info on print Inc please check out –

Print Inc Embroidery & Print – https://printincclothing.co.uk/

 

Mortgage Squared isn’t your average mortgage broker. We are veteran owned and family run; we pride ourselves on our award winning and friendly five-star customer service and we believe that our unique business ethos and values will make an impact while helping our valued military and veteran clients.

A mortgage is one of the biggest investments of your life and we want it to be a journey that you can feel relaxed and excited about, been able to talk frankly to one of your own and someone with a deep understanding of military and veteran life. We want to be your Mortgage Broker for life, standing with you every step of the way and guiding you from your first home to your dream home and beyond.

Although Mortgage Squared can help anyone the company was established to help armed forces personnel and veterans with tailored expert mortgage and protection advice. We have developed to specialise in assisting professionally qualified officers and veteran business owners.

Often members of the armed forces and veterans can be penalised when it comes to borrowing, through no fault of their own, because they may move regularly or be stationed abroad for periods of time, which may then affect their credit rating. Mortgage lenders may therefore be less likely to accept an application when compared to other mainstream occupations. Luckily, there are lenders out there who understand, and adopt a more common-sense approach, allowing for more flexible and unique underwriting criteria.

Director and founder Simon Rowe is an army veteran and still serves in the army reserve as a SNCO in the rifles. Mortgage Squared has been through its own journey of setting up as a veteran owned business and has been fortunate to have received lots of support from the veteran community. There is an absolute abundance of talent leaving the armed forces and joining the veteran community and we are passionate about following and supporting success wherever possible.”

The Veteran community is a family as we were while serving. There are individuals and business out there doing fantastic things after transitioning to civilian life and it is important that they are recognised and awarded for their hard work and achievements. The UK is slowly closing the gap between ourselves and the USA in how we recognise, support and develop our veterans in business.

Massive thank you Mortgage Squared

To find out more about Mortgage Squared visit – https://www.mortgagesquared.co.uk/

 

We are so pleased to have the fantastic team at Hugh James as sponsors at this years Scottish, English and Welsh Awards!

Here’s a little info on Hugh James –

We are a full service, top 100 UK law firm offering specialist legal and financial advice. With over 50 years’ experience, and 700 staff members, we have the expertise to deliver a service you can trust.

Although our workforce has grown to more than 700, we have retained and nurtured a unique culture which is based on hard work, exceptional talent, ambition, empathy, innovation and good humour. It is those qualities that have helped us grow the business to where we stand today. We have ambitious plans to become a top 50 UK firm by 2021 and our culture will be key to this.

Simon Ellis – ” We are really pleased to be involved with such an inspiring night and we are so glad to support our Military Veterans on National level”

https://www.hughjames.com.

We are so pleased to welcome Pathfinder International Magazine as our Official media Partner for the 2020 Veterans Awards.

We are really looking forward to working with Malcolm Robinson and his team to promote the Positives that are coming from within our Veteran Community and those companies that go above and beyond to support and recruit from us!

Please read the blog here for more information- http://pathfinderinternational.co.uk/pathfinder-magazine-b…/

Pathfinder International Magazine

Welcome to our  Leavers to Leaders Award – Sponsored by Leavers to Leaders!

This award is for service Leavers who have successfully transitioned from the military to become leaders in any civilian role across governments, business and the 3rd sector. Selected winners will also be invited to represent their organisations at the Leavers To Leaders global conference to inspire others. Have you become a leader in your chosen field? Do you positively impact your civilian peers? How do you stand out in your organisations? Have you got any testimonials?

As the winner of the English veteran role model of the year and runner up of business leader of the year, Samuel T. Reddy aim is to empower other service Leavers to become leaders in their chosen field. In a digital world driven by Ai & technology leaders have to constantly reinvent themselves to stay relevant and this is where service Leavers can excel by applying themselves and also make meaning impact to organisations. Samuel is the founder of TriExForces, a selected team of ex military personnel who are deployed globally to empower teams and impact organisations. He is also the author of the bestselling book Leavers to Leaders, for anyone who is ready to become a leader in their field. He believes environment dictates performance, and you gain more experience by exposing yourself to new environments.

Leavers To Leaders – TriExForces – Veteran Owned UK

 

We are extremely proud to announce that The Social Butterfly Marketing LTD will be looking after all our social media marketing on twitter during our Welsh Veterans Awards and English Veterans Awards during 2020!

The Social butterfly is an ecosystem of Marketing and Design experts who work with private and public sectors. We motivate local businesses to refocus their attention back on marketing by providing unbiased effective consultancy and management in Wales.

Amy Price (Director) Said:

“We are very excited and proud to be involved with The Welsh Veterans awards and have strong personal links to those who have served in the military. Celebrating successes of our former military personnel who give so much to our country is something we feel very passionate about. Here’s to some great evenings.”

We are extremely happy to have Amy and her team cover our fantastic awards evening on twitter and if your attending and want a shout out please look out for them, they are amazing at what they do!

The Social Butterfly Marketing LTD

 

Leavers to Leaders Awards Launch

       
The Leavers to Leaders Awards is here!!!
Huge thanks to Emma Grant and the great team at The Wave radio station who hosted our launch of the Leavers To Leaders award that is a category award at this year’s English and Welsh Veterans Awards sponsored by Bridgend Audi – Sinclair Audi. The Leavers to Leaders Award has been brought to you the best Selling Author Mr Samuel T. Reddy and the team at Veterans Awards UK – You can listen the Radio interview from the launch by clicking HERE!!
The Veterans Awards are a National awards ceremony put together by Veterans for veterans and those companies that support us, promoting all things positive from our Veteran Community, rewarding Veterans in Sport, fitness, business and the wider community! We even have an award for those Civilian companies that go above and beyond to recruit from the military and support our serving reservists and those serving reservists that are doing great things!
The leavers to Leaders award recognises those former serving military personnel who have successfully transitioned and Positively impacted their Organisation.
Samuel T Ready stated:
“Having successfully engaged and transitioned from the military to become and entrepreneur and beyond, I believe everyone has influence, but most importantly I believe service Leavers are the future Leaders and service personnel have all the skills and attitude they need to strive in a world with constant disruption & dislocation. The Leavers To Leaders award as part of the Welsh Veterans Awards is to spotlight those who have successfully transitioned from the military and positively impacting organisations. The winners get to join the Leavers To Leaders conference in November to represent their companies because serving does not have to stop. “
Sean Molino BCA founder of the awards stated:
” I’m really excited to be working with Samuel and his team on this award especially as Samuel was a previous winner at our English Veterans Awards last year, let’s inspire our future service leavers that great things can happen when they do decide to leave the armed forces”
You can apply or nominate for the veterans awards at the following link – www.veteransawards.co.uk or enquire at info@veteransawards.co.uk

RV1 Group to Sponsor the Welsh Veterans Awards

 

 

All our Awards team would like to welcome RV1 Group as Category sponsors at this years Welsh Veterans Awards. We caught up with Penny Read Director of Operations  from RV1  Group to find out a little more about the services they offer and why they wanted to support the Veterans Awards!

Robert Wilson was third generation into the Household Division who created RV1 Group from a struggle found in transitioning from the Service and the lack of real time tools available within mainstream resettlement.

We work exclusively with those leaving the Armed Forces and try our very best to map employment prospects within corporate business. Across a number of levels, from Ex Military Internship programmes to live recruitment/talent needs, we can work with your organisation to inject impressive Ex Military talent into your workforce.

There is a huge wealth of people leaving the Armed Forces (over 17,000 each year) and many struggle with the end of Service transition into a new and sometimes daunting civilian chapter. The benefits of such a presence within your business can be hugely positive with core values of integrity, selfless commitment and loyalty at the very forefront of the Ex-Military mind-set.

Our primary focus is working with Service leavers within their final 3/4 months with an aim to utilise resettlement ‘downtime’ by placing them into customised Ex Military Internship programmes or work placements. This on average is 4 weeks offering a very generalist white-collar insight into a business. In our view, there is no substitute for ‘real time’ experience that will hands down beat the usual ‘tick-box resettlement favourites such as ‘CV clinics’ or ‘Careers workshops’, etc. Such an opportunity can trigger all kinds of prospects and can offer a solid talent/recruitment pool for any organisation. Furthermore, it offers an invaluable transitional experience for the Service leaver, a taste of real business in an unfamiliar world. This ‘skill bridge’ method is incredibly effective in the USA and we are the only agency in the UK hitting this kind of angle. Most of our Internships are unpaid as the Service leaver is still within the HM Forces payroll until their exit date. We work with a number of businesses who generally work from quarterly intakes of approx. 20 Service leavers on an Intern programme (most provide lunch and travel

Outside of the work placement or Internship world, we can work on live recruitment requirements and also have a platform (Ex Direct) whereby an organisation can capture Ex Military direct self-managing their own vacancies.

We look forward to attending the Awards in Cardiff and are delighted to be supporting and involved In helping to promote veterans across the UK!

Find out more about RV1 Group Here – http://www.rv1group.com/

Meet the Sponsors at the Welsh Veterans Awards 2020

Huge thanks to Bridgend Audi who are our Main sponsors at this years Welsh Veterans Awards!

Bridgend Audi wanted to get more involved with the veterans within the local community, the Bridgend area is steeped in history and links to all the armed forces and this was an amazing opportunity to do so. Bridgend Audi has many loyal customers who have served in all of the armed forces and this is an opportunity to give a little back.

The Awards really drive a robust bridge between veterans leaving their duties and moving back into the commercial world. Not only does it recognise their efforts, it also offers them a vehicle to recognise the true value of the skills and characteristics they have gained during their service.

Bridgend Audi sells and services beautifully engineered cars in a welcoming dealership, that in a modern age still really drives the family values of the Sinclair Group.

We can’t wait to celebrate all our veterans success and be a part of the Awards evening.

For more info on Audi Bridgend – https://www.sinclairaudi.co.uk/locations/35135/bridgend-audi/

 

Extremely proud to Welcome Educ8 Training Group as a feature sponsor at this year’s Welsh Veterans Awards due to take place at the Village Hotel Cardiff on the 1st July 2020.

“Educ8 Group is proud to support the Welsh Veterans Awards. We are all about helping people from all walks of life succeed through the development of their skills. It is great to see so many veterans reskilling and finding innovative ways to be successful in civilian life and we are here to help them with every step of that journey.

We are also keen to offer our support to any veterans running businesses who wish to upskill their people through our Welsh Government funded work based learning qualifications”

https://www.educ8training.co.uk

 

Let’s give a Massive Veterans Awards welcome to Royal Educare who were sponsors at this year’s English Veterans Awards and have now commited to sponsoring the Welsh Veterans Awards 2020!

“As a family of military background, we are very passionate and appreciative of the incredibly brave and selfless Veterans who served for their country. These individuals did not only show true determination and integrity, but chose to put their lives on the line each and every day. For all of these reasons, it will be an honour to be a part of such a rewarding night at the Welsh Veterans Awards 2020.

Royal Educare has become a renowned Recruitment Agency in South Wales since it first opened back in 2017. Our expertise lay within the health & social care and education sectors. We pride ourselves on a great service that begins and ends with experienced and friendly professionals. Royal Educare provide competitive rates and incredible customer service to not only meet your needs, but also exceed your expectations of what a dependable Recruitment Agency can be. Part of our business model, is to ensure we put a percentage of our profits back into the community and help by fund raising for local charities. Whether this be an event held by Royal Educare or collaborating with a charitable organisation, we feel it’s in our duty to give back and help make a difference to the lives of others. Due to company reputation and rapid growth we have gone on to win ‘Best Start Up Business of The Year 2018 – South Wales’.”

For info on Royal Educare please check out https://www.royaleducare.co.uk

 

We are proud to introduce to you Pinnacle Complete Office Solutions who are sponsors at the Welsh Veterans Awards 2020!!

“Pinnacle Document Solutions Group are a local provider of Business Solutions based in St Mellons, Cardiff.

Since our establishment in 1989, we have grown into one of the leading print & document providers in the UK. From our head office, we can support clients large & small across the globe. As a Xerox Platinum & HP Silver Partner, we empower our customers to understand their print environment.

Supporting our Armed Forces is incredibly important to us both on a business & personal level.

Supporting the Armed Forces is something that we are very passionate about, throughout our business operations as well as through charity and fundraising events, which we actively take part in each year.

We strongly believe that the sacrifices military personnel make should be celebrated not only during service but in to retirement. Ex-military personnel are some of the most qualified & committed members of our community & after having risked their lives to protect others, they continue to go on to do their utmost to help & support their community, something that should be commended and awarded.

We are truly honoured to have the opportunity to support a fantastic & well worthy award ceremony & the Veteran community.”

Thank you very much Team Pinnacle!!

Pinnacle Complete Office Solutions

Massive thanks to Rebecca Porter MD and all the team at the amazing Porters Estate Agents They are a feature sponsor at the Welsh Veterans Awards 2020!

Porters are an independent, family run estate agent who have been helping people to sell, let, mortgage and maintain their homes for almost 23 years. With our in-depth market experience, we have learnt what it takes to meet and exceed client expectations and pride ourselves on being one of the most innovative and client-focused estate and letting agents in the South Wales area.

‘We are proud to be supporting the Welsh Veterans Awards as its part of our heritage and very important for future generations, let’s reward the success stories from our former serving military personnel’

For more info on Porters please check out – https://www.porters-uk.com/about-us

 

Thank you to Angela Windsor MD of Print Inc sponsor at this year’s Welsh Veterans Awards

Print Inc. specialises in bespoke business to business embroidery, print, and merchandise supplies. Make the switch to Print Inc for hassle free uniform and work wear for your company.

Print Inc have recently completed an order for the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards Boxing team polo’s, their Operation TORAL (Afghanistan) and Belize tour t shirts  and they also print the water bottles for the Battalion.

They started off undertaking work for the Welsh Guards Boxing Team and then after they saw the quality of the items they wanted to work with us on other projects.

“We pride ourselves on quality embroidery and delivering excellence with each order and cant wait to hear the positive stories from our Military Veteran Community at the upcoming Awards”

For more info on print Inc please check out –

Print Inc Embroidery & Print – https://printincclothing.co.uk/

 

We are pleased to announce that that AB Glass Ltd will be sponsors at this year’s Welsh Veterans Awards!

Alan Brayley served in the Royal Regiment of Wales and Royal Welsh for 20 years, finishing his military career as a Sergeant Major. Since leaving the Armed Forces, he has run a highly successful aluminium manufacturing and installation company in Swansea AB Glass, building it from scratch to now having a turnover of an amazing 7 million pounds. The company has employed many ex-service personnel since its conception. AB Glass provides bespoke aluminium windows, doors, curtain walling, facades and related products and services to the commercial and domestic markets. The multi award winning company employs 60 members of staff and has been in business for nearly 30 years.

” I truly believe that my time in the Army and the skills and experience that I developed in the Forces has made a significant contribution to my success in business. I’m incredibly proud of AB Glass and the hard work that myself and everyone who works with us puts into the business. The support this community has provided to veterans in Wales and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is really inspiring and deserves to receive such esteemed recognition and I am proud to have AB Glass support the awards!”

AB Glass Ltd

 

We are so pleased to have the fantastic team at Hugh James as sponsors at this years Scottish, English and Welsh Awards!

Here’s a little info on Hugh James –

We are a full service, top 100 UK law firm offering specialist legal and financial advice. With over 50 years’ experience, and 700 staff members, we have the expertise to deliver a service you can trust.

Although our workforce has grown to more than 700, we have retained and nurtured a unique culture which is based on hard work, exceptional talent, ambition, empathy, innovation and good humour. It is those qualities that have helped us grow the business to where we stand today. We have ambitious plans to become a top 50 UK firm by 2021 and our culture will be key to this.

Simon Ellis – ” We are really pleased to be involved with such an inspiring night and we are so glad to support our Military Veterans on National level”

https://www.hughjames.com.

We are so pleased to welcome Pathfinder International Magazine as our Official media Partner for the 2020 Veterans Awards.

We are really looking forward to working with Malcolm Robinson and his team to promote the Positives that are coming from within our Veteran Community and those companies that go above and beyond to support and recruit from us!

Please read the blog here for more information- http://pathfinderinternational.co.uk/pathfinder-magazine-b…/

Pathfinder International Magazine

Welcome to our  Leavers to Leaders Award – Sponsored by Leavers to Leaders!

This award is for service Leavers who have successfully transitioned from the military to become leaders in any civilian role across governments, business and the 3rd sector. Selected winners will also be invited to represent their organisations at the Leavers To Leaders global conference to inspire others. Have you become a leader in your chosen field? Do you positively impact your civilian peers? How do you stand out in your organisations? Have you got any testimonials?

As the winner of the English veteran role model of the year and runner up of business leader of the year, Samuel T. Reddy aim is to empower other service Leavers to become leaders in their chosen field. In a digital world driven by Ai & technology leaders have to constantly reinvent themselves to stay relevant and this is where service Leavers can excel by applying themselves and also make meaning impact to organisations. Samuel is the founder of TriExForces, a selected team of ex military personnel who are deployed globally to empower teams and impact organisations. He is also the author of the bestselling book Leavers to Leaders, for anyone who is ready to become a leader in their field. He believes environment dictates performance, and you gain more experience by exposing yourself to new environments.

Leavers To Leaders – TriExForces – Veteran Owned UK

 

We are extremely proud to announce that The Social Butterfly Marketing LTD will be looking after all our social media marketing on twitter during our Welsh Veterans Awards and English Veterans Awards during 2020!

The Social butterfly is an ecosystem of Marketing and Design experts who work with private and public sectors. We motivate local businesses to refocus their attention back on marketing by providing unbiased effective consultancy and management in Wales.

Amy Price (Director) Said:

“We are very excited and proud to be involved with The Welsh Veterans awards and have strong personal links to those who have served in the military. Celebrating successes of our former military personnel who give so much to our country is something we feel very passionate about. Here’s to some great evenings.”

We are extremely happy to have Amy and her team cover our fantastic awards evening on twitter and if your attending and want a shout out please look out for them, they are amazing at what they do!

The Social Butterfly Marketing LTD

We work exclusively with those leaving the Armed Forces and try our very best to map employment prospects within corporate business. Across a number of levels, from Ex Military Internship programmes to live recruitment/talent needs, we can work with your organisation to inject impressive Ex Military talent into your workforce.

There is a huge wealth of people leaving the Armed Forces (over 17,000 each year) and many struggle with the end of Service transition into a new and sometimes daunting civilian chapter. The benefits of such a presence within your business can be hugely positive with core values of integrity, selfless commitment and loyalty at the very forefront of the Ex-Military mind-set.

Our primary focus is working with Service leavers within their final 3/4 months with an aim to utilise resettlement ‘downtime’ by placing them into customised Ex Military Internship programmes or work placements. This on average is 4 weeks offering a very generalist white-collar insight into a business. In our view, there is no substitute for ‘real time’ experience that will hands down beat the usual ‘tick-box resettlement favourites such as ‘CV clinics’ or ‘Careers workshops’, etc. Such an opportunity can trigger all kinds of prospects and can offer a solid talent/recruitment pool for any organisation. Furthermore, it offers an invaluable transitional experience for the Service leaver, a taste of real business in an unfamiliar world. This ‘skill bridge’ method is incredibly effective in the USA and we are the only agency in the UK hitting this kind of angle. Most of our Internships are unpaid as the Service leaver is still within the HM Forces payroll until their exit date. We work with a number of businesses who generally work from quarterly intakes of approx. 20 Service leavers on an Intern programme (most provide lunch and travel

Outside of the work placement or Internship world, we can work on live recruitment requirements and also have a platform (Ex Direct) whereby an organisation can capture Ex Military direct self-managing their own vacancies.

We look forward to attending the Awards in Cardiff and are delighted to be supporting and involved In helping to promote veterans across the UK!

Find out more about RV1 Group Here – http://www.rv1group.com/

Bridgend Audi to Sponsor the Welsh Veterans Awards 2020!

Welsh Veterans Awards Logo                                                      

 

Our Welsh Veterans Awards team are extremely pleased to welcome Bridgend Audi as this years main sponsors of the Welsh Veterans Awards.

The Veterans Awards is a fully not for profit organisation that promotes the positives from our military veteran community. Its been put together by Veterans for Veterans and those companies that support us with all money raised above costs going back into supporting our Veteran Community. We reward veterans in the areas of Sport, Fitness, Business, Health and Well-being and the wider community! This years Awards will be  opened by Brigadier Jock Frasier Royal Marines and Supported by the Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh, Shenkin the Goat along with the legendary Goat Major sponsored by Audi Sinclair Bridgend and in Support of the ABF The Soldiers Charity!

We caught up with Chris Jenkins (Head of Business) from Bridgend Audi and asked him a few questions:

Why  did Audi Sinclair want to get involved with the awards?

“Bridgend Audi wanted to get more involved with the veterans within the local community, the Bridgend area is steeped in history and links to all the armed forces and this was an amazing opportunity to do so. Bridgend Audi has many loyal customers who have served in all of the armed forces and this is an opportunity to give a little back.”

Why you think the Awards will benefit the Veterans Community and those companies that support us?

“The Awards really drive a robust bridge between veterans leaving their duties and moving back into the commercial world. Not only does it recognise their efforts, it also offers them a vehicle to recognise the true value of the skills and characteristics they have gained during their service.”

What Audi Sinclair do and offer?

“Bridgend Audi sells and services beautifully engineered cars in a welcoming dealership, that in a modern age still really drives the family values of the Sinclair Group.”

We would like to thank all the team at Audi Bridgend for their support for our Veteran Community  and look forward to celebrating the success on the evening itself!

Dates for your Diaries: 

Application Process Opens – 1st March 2020

Application Process Closes – 1st May 2020

Shortlisted Filming day         – 27th May 2020 (Cardiff Castle)

Welsh Veterans Awards       – 1st July 2020 (Village Hotel Cardiff)

Our Awards are now open for applications and nominations, if you know a Military Veteran or  a company/ organisation that’s goes above and beyond to support us and they are based or operate in Wales then apply or nominate on the below link – https://veteransawards.co.uk/welsh-veterans-awards/

Meet the Judges at the Scottish Veterans Awards

 

Emma Davies,  Director of Joint Force Alba

Emma is the director for Joint Force Alba, the only Scottish ex-military recruitment consultancy. She is a Veteran herself, having served for 13 years in the British Army, working in tri-service and multi-national environments in Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan and the USA. Alongside that, she developed a career in HR and recruitment in Scottish businesses, focusing on SMEs. She gained her Chartered membership of the CIPD in 2013 having had to pause her studies whilst serving in Afghanistan. She’s an ambassador for X-Forces Enterprise and a board member for military charity Lothian’s Veterans centre as well as being a wife to a fellow Army Veteran and mum to 2 young boys.

Roy McLellan, Employer Engagement Director – Highland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association

My primary role within the business is meeting with employers to explain the benefits of employing Military Veterans / Reservists and the skills that they can bring to the workplace, promoting signing the Armed Forces Covenant and taking part in Defence Employer Recognition Scheme encouraging them to show publicly their commitment as an employer.

I have seen countless times the benefits that these people can bring to the workplace with their military skills easily transferring to civilian life, I was very keen to join the judging panel to see the fantastic showcase of achievements that former military staff have undertaken since leaving the armed forces.

Nia-Wyn Evans  – Solicitor

I am a solicitor at Hugh James, now based at our London office. I work within the military team representing military and ex-military servicemen and women.

Whilst speaking with military and ex-military personnel on a daily basis I am all too familiar with the difficulties veterans can face when leaving service.  I wanted to join the judging panel for the Veteran Awards to celebrate those who have made a successful transition from military to civilian life, whilst also assisting veterans who have faced difficulties when returning to civilian life as part of my role as a solicitor.

I have been fortunate to sit on the judging panel for the Welsh and English Veteran Awards 2019, I am looking forward to join the judging panel for the Scottish Veteran Awards this year and to hear all about the shortlisted finalists.

 John Gillie – Briefer/Liason Officer ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

The role encompasses briefing a wide range of audiences both military and civilian on the work of the Charity to encourage support to regional fundraising, provision of fundraising support to the Regional Office and Events, including organising events, establishing and maintaining key relationships with Army units both Regular and Reserve and continual development of our volunteer fundraising.

John has recently completed a 39 year exemplary career in the Army. He feels so privileged and honoured having accepted the role as LO(Sc) only 4 weeks ago. He is looking forward to the many challenges the role will bring where he hopes he can “give a little back” to a service which has provided him with so much. 

He is married to his wife of 32 years Sherrilyn with 3 sons, Liam (29), Danny (27) &  Ewen (22) all currently building their own careers. As a close family who enjoy socialising together & passionate about living life to the full.

“I was very pleased to be asked to be panel member especially as a Military Veteran Myself, I’m looking forward to celebrating the success of our Military Veteran Community in Scotland on the night itself along with those companies that support us”

Scottish Veterans Awards – Shortlisted Filming day Edinburgh Castle

February 26th saw the Production Company Leek and Potato film our amazing shortlisted finalists from within the iconic and historic Edinburgh Castle!

It was a true honour for our team to meet our shortlisted Finalists for the Scottish Veterans Awards in support of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Scotland.  During the morning the all shortlisted nominees were issued with their finalist certificates by the Awards founder Mr Sean Molino BCA, Nia- Wyn Evans (Hugh James) John Gillie (ABF The Soldiers’ Charity) Malcolm Robinson (Pathfinder International Magazine) and Emma Davies (Joint Force Alba) .

All our team can’t wait to hear about your inspiring journeys on the evening itself – April 1st Village Hotel Edinburgh Sponsored by TMT Construction

Huge thanks to all the amazing team at Edinburgh Castle and The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Scotland for facilitating the filming and the fantastic production company Leek and Potato Productions.

All our team are so excited to celebrate your success!

Remember it’s you who act as role models for future service leavers!

Keep an eye out for the finalist videos that will hit your screens on the week prior to the Awards Ceremony!

Ticket sales close February 28th!

Meet our Shortlisted Finalists at the Scottish Veterans Awards 2020!

The Veterans Awards are proud to announce our shortlisted Finalists for this years Scottish Veterans Awards, due to be held at the Village Hotel Edinburgh on the 1st April 2020. Sponsored by  TMT Construction and Veterans Employment & Training Solutions (V.E.T.S) and in Support of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Scotland!

Well done to everyone who has been shortlisted as finalists. We had 100’s of applications and the shortlisting process was extremely difficult. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who put forward nominations.

We want to Inspire our future service leavers that great things can happen. Its you who will act as role models and in some cases mentors, remember Positivity breeds Positivity.

Our Finalists are :

 

Role Model of the Year- Sponsored by Print Inc Embroidery and Print 

Suzanne Fernando MBE BCAh
Brett Townsley BCA Omniscient Safety Innovations
Garry Cowan Scottish War Blinded
Ross Crockart Skyrora
Les Mason
James Renwick

Inspiration of the Year Award – Sponsored by Ridge Steel

Jeff Willaims Veterans United Against Suicide
Jason Hare Horesback UK
Peter Stewart Aberkil
Dean Stott
Chris Gillan Heroes Drinks

 

The Community Awards – Sponsored by Joint Force Alba

Marc Hutton Edinburgh Walking Group
Colin Butcher
Alan Deans
John Bradley
Jim Strachan Poppy Scotland
Graham Brash Edinburgh Airport
Fiona Laing

Contribution to the Scottish Fitness Industry and Society – Sponsored by (V.E.T.S) Veterans Employment & Training Solutions

John Owens MOD
Peter Stewart CTC Grampian
Charlie Brister Be Military Fit

Contribution to the Scottish Sport – Sponsored by TMT Construction

Bill Little Scotfilms
Gary Holt Livingston FC
Chris Paterson

 


Entrepreneur of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James Solicitors

Gavin Neate Neatebox
Darren Philpson Four one Safety Solutions
Mark Laird Lairds of Troon

 

Employer of the Year- Sponsored by Hugh James Solicitors

Royal Bank of Scotland
RB safety Consultants Ltd
Lothian Buses

 

Veteran Owned Business  of the Year- Sponsored by Pathfinder Magazine

LCS Embroidery Ltd
Lairds of Troon
Omniscient Safety Innovations
Military Fitness Training

 

Volunteer of the Year –  Terrestres Servo Coronas

Jeff Williams Veterans United Against Suicide
Mark Harper The Veterans Garden
Colin Butcher
David Curruthers Scottish War Blinded
Paul Coffey

Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by TMT Construction

John Owens MOD
Suzanne Fernando MBE BCAh
William Howieson Edinburgh Napier University

 

The Winners will be chosen by our independent Judging Panel, The Judging panels names and profiles will be released over the coming weeks.

Our Shortlisted  finalists will be filmed in the fantastic Location of Edinburgh Castle on Wednesday 26th February, these  Videos will then be used on our extensive media campaign and will also be played on the evening itself, you will also receive your finalist certificate on this fantastic morning.

All our Shortlisted Finalists will have the opportunity to purchase tickets between 3rd February – 14th February. If we have any remaining tickets left they will then go on sale to our supporters and the General public.

For more details please get in touch.

The Commonwealth Veterans Awards coming in 2021!!

We are extremely proud to announce that the Veterans Awards team have been asked to work in Partnership with Terrestres Servo Coronas – TSC on the Commonwealth Veterans Awards that will take place in Canada 2021!

Rewarding Military Veterans from our Commonwealth Nations that have gone above and beyond after transition from the Armed Forces.

The Commonwealth of Nations is comprised of 53 countries, each with their unique cultures and histories, who have come together for the common good. The Nations represents the single largest group of individuals on Earth comprising approximately one third of global population. It has member nations in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australasia. Antarctica has the British Antarctic Territory

The Commonwealth Veterans Awards will launch in Canada and take place in Multiple Commonwealth Nations going forward!

As progress develops we shall keep you updated on Location, Venue and Application procedure, watch this space for the new website launch!

Positivity Breeds Positivity!