THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, Glasgow
27 June, London
19 September, Washington DC

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, Glasgow
27 June, London
19 September, Washington DC

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, Glasgow
27 June, London
19 September, Washington DC

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, Glasgow
27 June, London
19 September, Washington DC

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, Glasgow
27 June, London
19 September, Washington DC

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, Glasgow
27 June, London
19 September, Washington DC

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, Glasgow
27 June, London
19 September, Washington DC

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, Glasgow
27 June, London
19 September, Washington DC

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, Glasgow
27 June, London
19 September, Washington DC

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, Glasgow
27 June, London
19 September, Washington DC

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

Nominations are now OPEN for the US Forces in Business Awards 2024. Do you know a veteran who has forged a successful second career since leaving the forces? Don’t miss your chance to nominate them for a prestigious award and help us identify more fantastic business role models for our servicemen and women.

THE FESTIVAL OF BUSINESS FOR THE UK ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY

To help unlock the power of the Armed Forces community in UK business, MilFest is the first ever event where organisations can meet the veteran talent pool and veteran-owned businesses in one place. One day, one location, connecting the Armed Forces community with Forces Friendly companies.

The Ex-Forces in Business Awards is the world’s largest celebration of ex-military in second careers – recognising the value veterans add to businesses as well as the employers that support the transition of servicemen and women.

Servicemen and women spend years adapting to roles and gaining valuable skills. They develop qualities that are hugely adaptable to commercial environments and in demand in the business world, but communicating the transferability of those skills to employers can be challenging. Increasing visibility of role models – military veterans who have carved out successful second careers – is crucial to not only empowering and inspiring current and future service leavers, but to educating employers on the value of supporting the transition of servicemen and women.

Founded in 2017 by Disruptive Media Group, and with editions in London and Glasgow, the Ex-Forces in Business Awards is the flagship platform globally for providing that visibility by celebrating the achievements of veterans in the wider workforce and promoting the strong synergies between military values and business excellence. The awards highlight the military-gained skills and qualities that have helped enable their business achievements and recognises the organisations that have supported them.

‘Oscars of Ex-Forces Employment’

The Ex-Forces in Business Awards was the recipient of its own national award when it was crowned the UK’s ‘Best New Awards Event’, and it has since earned recognition in the media as the ‘Oscars of ex-forces employment’.

These exciting, high-profile awards ceremonies not only gather business leaders and veterans to honour the winners, but also bring together top companies and other stakeholders to advance dialogue and share best practice around the benefits of ex-forces employment initiatives, and ultimately promote the significant value that military-gained skills can provide to the UK economy if better utilised across the workforce.

HIGHLIGHTS

On 29 June 2023, the sixth annual British Ex-Forces in Business Awards took place in the famed Great Room of Grosvenor House, Park Lane, bringing together 1,200 business and military leaders for the world’s largest celebration of veterans in second careers. Host of the Awards, TV presenter Jacqui Oatley MBE, welcomed a series of engaging keynote addresses including from Vice Admiral Phil Hally, Chief of Defence People, Lt. Gen. Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO of charity partner SSAFA, and record-breaking mountaineer and adventurer Hari Budha Magar, as well as a programme of live entertainment.

On 14 March 2024, the fifth annual Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards took place in the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow’s Grand Ballroom, bringing together 500 business leaders and veterans. The Scottish awards were hosted by BBC news anchor and broadcasting legend Sally Magnusson, who introduced keynote speakers including Scottish Veterans Commissioner Lt Cdr Susie Hamilton and Graeme Dey, Veterans Minister and Minister for Higher & Further Education, as well as a programme of live entertainment.

Guests at Ex-Forces in Business Awards events have enjoyed special entertainment that includes live singers, showcases from the Team BRIT racing team and an original Hawker Typhoon Napier Engine, and performances from the likes of the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra, the Royal Scots Association Pipe Band and the Military Wives Choir.

AT A GLANCE. The Ex-Forces in Business Awards in 2023: 

LONDON AWARDS HOST

JACQUI OATLEY MBE
TV presenter

Jacqui Oatley MBE is a leading sports broadcaster on Sky Sports, ITV and the BBC. Since becoming the first female commentator on Match of the Day in 2007, Jacqui has gone on to present and commentate on the biggest football tournaments worldwide, including World Cups, Euros and the Olympic Games. She is now presenter of the weekly Sunday Supplement football show on Sky Sports. Away from football, Jacqui presents ITV’s darts coverage as well as the sports news on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. She has also reported on tennis, golf, rugby league, snooker and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee parade for the BBC.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

HARI BUDHA MAGAR
Record-breaking mountaineer and adventurer

Serving for 15 years in the British Army’s legendary Gurkha regiment, Hari Budha Magar has transformed from injured veteran to record breaking mountaineer. After losing his legs in Afghanistan following an IED explosion in 2010, Hari created history in May 2023 when he became the world’s first double above-knee amputee to summit Mount Everest (8,849m). He is a champion of removing limits and blazing new trails, and he has made it his mission to positively change the way people with a disability are perceived as well as how they perceive themselves. Hari believes having a disability doesn’t have to be life limiting, it is all about adaptation.

SCOTLAND AWARDS HOST

JJ CHALMERS
BBC presenter and Invictus Games gold medallist

JJ Chalmers is a former Royal Marine Commando who served on the frontline in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device whilst on foot patrol in a blast that claimed the lives of two of his friends, and has since been through hundreds of hours of surgery and endured months of specialist rehabilitation. In the 2014 Invictus Games, JJ captained Team UK’s Trike Cycling team, which brought home eight medals, and he personally won a Gold and Bronze for Recumbent Cycling and a Bronze in the 4x100m track. He’s a firm fixture in BBC Sport’s live presenting team and part of the BBC ceremonial coverage team covering events such as Trooping The Colour and The Lord Mayor’s Show.

CHARITY

“SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is delighted to be the charity partner of the Ex-Forces in Business Awards. I congratulate all those nominated in the various categories, and especially those who have collected an award; you should all be extremely proud of what you have achieved, not least by highlighting the values and qualities veterans bring to society after their military service. The Awards are an excellent way to recognise the linkages between the Armed Forces and businesses, large and small. Those who organise this celebration of success, culminating in superb events, have done a wonderful job. SSAFA is thrilled that over £66,000 was raised in 2023 to help us continue our support to the Armed Forces community; on behalf of our clients, thank you all very much for your generosity.”

Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity

CHAMPION’S MESSAGE

A message from seven-time Formula One World Champion Sir Lewis Hamilton to the finalists of the Ex-Forces in Business Awards.

MINISTER’S MESSAGE

A message from the Rt Hon Johnny Mercer, Minister of State for Veterans’ Affairs.

THE GREAT 100

The 100 GREAT British Employers of Veterans, an annual snapshot and showcase of 100 leading Forces Friendly employers in the UK and what they offer to veterans, is now available for free digital download.

THE GREAT 100

The 100 GREAT British Employers of Veterans, an annual snapshot and showcase of 100 leading Forces Friendly employers in the UK and what they offer to veterans, is now available for free digital download.

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