The British Ex-Forces in Business Awards is the largest celebration and recognition of ex-military personnel in the UK workforce, and the employers that support current and former members of the British Armed Forces.
Servicemen and women spend years adapting to roles and gaining valuable skills. They develop qualities that are readily transferable and in demand in the business world, but transitioning back to civilian life and finding a place in the wider UK workforce can be a difficult period for many of the 16,000+ military leavers each year. Despite so many people having gone through a similar transition, service leavers can often feel alone with a lack of visible role models.
The British Ex-Forces in Business Awards is dedicated to providing a much-needed platform for uncovering and promoting the achievements of ex-military who are now excelling in the business world, presenting them as important role models for service leavers struggling with their transition to civilian life as well as current forces personnel anxious about doing so. The event highlights the adaptable skills the military gave them and recognises the organisations that helped them find their new place in society through employment, training and other support.
The high-profile ceremony not only gathers hundreds of business leaders to reveal and honour the winners, but also brings together top companies, key military personnel, politicians, journalists and other stakeholders to raise awareness of resettlement issues, further dialogue around the importance of ex-forces employment initiatives, and promote the significant value that military-gained skills, if better utilised in the UK workforce, can provide to the British economy.
Nominations are now closed for the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2018. Click here to view the finalists for the 15 prestigious awards.
The winners will be revealed at the gala ceremony, taking place at the iconic De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in the West End of London on 17 May 2018. Click here to book your place at this special evening and here to sign up for updates.
Bestselling author and SAS veteran
We are pleased to welcome Andy McNab as a keynote speaker at the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2018. Andy served in the British Army for 18 years as an infantry soldier and then in 22 Special Air Service. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal. He is a bestselling author and his most famous book, Bravo Two Zero, is the biggest selling war book of all time around the world. Andy has been the director of a private security company for over ten years, and regularly advises the MoD and the FBI.
Broadcaster and journalist
Julia presents the breakfast show on TalkRADIO, Britain’s newest speech radio station. An experienced broadcaster and political journalist, she is a regular on TV shows such as BBC1’s Question Time, Have I Got News For You and the Andrew Marr Show, as well as ITV’s This Morning, Good Morning Britain and Sky News. She also writes regularly for the Telegraph, the Sun and other newspapers and often appears on Radio 4, including Any Questions, the News Quiz and the Today Programme. She presented a daily show on LBC Radio for four years and before that was political editor and columnist for the Sunday Express.
Head of Power Delivery, Transport for London
CEO, The Training Room
Ben Farrell MBE
Head of Central Operations and Transport, John Lewis
Facilities Director, Hearst Magazines UK
EMEA Managing Director, Amazon Web Services
Defence and Intelligence Director, Cisco
Head of Regulatory & Market Structure Propositions, Thomson Reuters
Managing Director, Leonardo Helicopters UK
Head of Fleet Services, Royal Mail
Vice President, NTT Data UK
Executive Director, JP Morgan
Deputy Managing Director and Head of the Ex-Forces Programme, FDM Group
CEO, KCS Group Europe
Director, Sage Foundation, and CEO, Invictus Games 2016
ON THE DAY
GRAND CONNAUGHT ROOMS
Dress code: black tie & mess dress
19.00 Drinks reception
20.00 Welcome and keynote address
22.00 Presentation of the awards
16 October 2017: Nominations open
22 December 2017: Nominations close
15 January 2018: Nominees told whether they have been shortlisted
16 April 2018: Final shortlist publicly announced
26 April 2018: Judging Day
17 May 2018: British Ex-Forces in Business Awards
The winners are decided by the judges based on the information provided in the written submissions. The submissions that explain why the nominee should win in the most detail, within the word limit of 1,000 words, will stand the best chance. They should detail individual achievements and contributions to success, and where possible include quantitative information, such as revenues, profits, margins, cost savings, efficiency gains, productivity gains, returns on investment, customer wins or anything else that demonstrates that individual’s contributions to a business. Testimonials from colleagues, partners or customers can also enhance a nomination. Please note, any information marked as confidential will remain as such. The judges will refer to the criteria of each award (listed below) when judging it, so nominations should adhere to this closely. Submissions that are less than 550 words in length will not be considered. There is no cost to nominate.