THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

London, 23 June 2021. O2 Arena
Glasgow, 19 August 2021. DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

London, 23 June 2021. O2 Arena
Glasgow, 19 August 2021. DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

London, 23 June 2021. O2 Arena
Glasgow, 19 August 2021. DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

London, 23 June 2021. O2 Arena
Glasgow, 19 August 2021. DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

London, 23 June 2021. O2 Arena
Glasgow, 19 August 2021. DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

London, 23 June 2021. O2 Arena
Glasgow, 19 August 2021. DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

London, 23 June 2021. O2 Arena
Glasgow, 19 August 2021. DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

London, 23 June 2021. O2 Arena
Glasgow, 19 August 2021. DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

Nominations are now OPEN for the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2021. 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 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.

Taking place in both London and Glasgow, the Ex-Forces in Business Awards is the world’s flagship platform 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.

These exciting, high-profile awards ceremonies not only gather business leaders and veterans to honour the winners, but also bring together top companies, key military personnel, politicians, journalists 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 23 June 2021, following a year’s delay due to Covid-19, the third annual British Ex-Forces in Business Awards took place in a Covid Secure environment in the O2 Arena, bringing together 700 business and military leaders for the first major gathering of the veterans community in over 15 months. Host of the Awards, TV presenter Jacqui Oatley MBE, welcomed keynote addresses from Alistair Currie, Head of Corporate Banking at Barclays, Lt. Gen. Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO of charity partner SSAFA, and WO1 (Command Sgt Major) Dean Morgan, Home Command and Standing Joint Command (UK). 

On 3 December 2019, the inaugural Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow, gathering 500 leaders and stakeholders across government, defence and enterprise. The Scottish awards were hosted by BBC presenter and Invictus Games gold medallist JJ Chalmers, who introduced keynote speaker Graeme Dey, Veterans Minister. Due to Covid-19 restrictions prohibiting live events from taking place, the Awards Ceremony for the 2020 Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards will take place on 19 August 2021 

Guests at prior 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

The 2021 editions of both the UK and Scottish Awards will take place in the final quarter of 2021 (dates TBC).

AT A GLANCE. The Ex-Forces in Business Awards in 2019: 

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.

LONDON KEYNOTE

MAJOR HEATHER STANNING OBE
Double Olympic gold medallist 

Army officer Heather Stanning was the first British female, along with her partner Helen Glover, to win an Olympic gold medal for rowing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. After completing a tour of Helmand Province in Afghanistan, Heather rejoined Helen to become World and European champions and then retain their Olympic title with another gold at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. When Heather retired from international rowing in November 2016 to concentrate on her military career, she and Helen were ranked the top female rowers in the world. She continues to serve as a Major in the Royal Regiment of Artillery.

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.

2019 SCOTLAND KEYNOTE

GRAEME DEY MSP
Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans

Graeme Dey attended Harlaw Academy in Aberdeen before embarking on a career in journalism, living in Dundee and Angus. He was elected to the Scottish Parliament for Angus South in 2011 and has been Convener of the Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, and Depute Convenor of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee. Born and raised in Aberdeen, Graeme is married with two grown up children. In 2018, Graeme was appointed as the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans in the Scottish Government.

CHARITY

“We are proud to be the official charity partner of The Ex-Forces in Business Awards. I congratulate all those nominated in the various categories, and especially those who collect an award; you should all be proud of what you have achieved or the support you are providing to veterans. The Awards are an excellent way to celebrate the linkages between the Armed Forces and businesses, large and small, and those who organise the process, culminating in superb evenings, have done a wonderful job. We are delighted that an amazing £49,527 was raised in 2019 to help SSAFA continue its support to the Armed Forces community; on behalf of our clients, thank you all 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 Award.

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