THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow
27 June, Grosvenor House London, Park Lane
21 November, Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow
27 June, Grosvenor House London, Park Lane
21 November, Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow
27 June, Grosvenor House London, Park Lane
21 November, Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow
27 June, Grosvenor House London, Park Lane
21 November, Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow
27 June, Grosvenor House London, Park Lane
21 November, Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow
27 June, Grosvenor House London, Park Lane
21 November, Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow
27 June, Grosvenor House London, Park Lane
21 November, Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow
27 June, Grosvenor House London, Park Lane
21 November, Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow
27 June, Grosvenor House London, Park Lane
21 November, Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CELEBRATION
OF VETERANS IN SECOND CAREERS

14 March, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow
27 June, Grosvenor House London, Park Lane
21 November, Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel

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, Glasgow and Washington DC, 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 help enable business achievements and recognises the organisations that support 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 27 June 2024, the seventh 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. BBC Newsnight presenter Victoria Derbyshire welcomed a series of special guest speakers and live performances including from Royal Navy veteran and three-time Olympic rowing champion Pete Reed OBE and the wonderful Chelsea Pensioner Singers, as well as hosting the highly anticipated award ceremony.

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

VICTORIA DERBYSHIRE
TV presenter & broadcaster

Victoria Derbyshire is the joint lead presenter on Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship daily news and current affairs programme. Victoria Derbyshire started at the BBC as a reporter in Coventry & Warwickshire. In 1998, she joined BBC Radio 5 Live, where she later became a regular co-presenter and covered some of the biggest global stories including 9/11, the Paris Concorde crash, general elections and the Olympic Games. Formerly host of the Victoria Derbyshire programme until January 2020, prior to Newsnight Victoria also presented on BBC News at 9, BBC News Channel and BBC World News.

SCOTLAND AWARDS HOST

SALLY MAGNUSSON MBE
TV presenter and news anchor

Sally Magnusson is a broadcaster and author who has presented a wide range of programmes for the BBC from current affairs and politics to news and religion. She was one of the main presenters of the long-running religious television programme Songs of Praise and also hosted Daily Politics, reported for Panorama and presented Tracing Your Roots on Radio 4. Sally currently anchors the daily news programme Reporting Scotland and is the author of several books. Her bestselling memoir about her mother, Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything, has been credited with improving knowledge and understanding of this widespread brain condition. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

PETE REED OBE
Royal Navy Veteran & 3-Time Olympic Rowing Champion

With three gold medals in rowing at three consecutive Olympic Games, Pete secured his first of five World Championship titles less than four years after starting the sport. In his 17-year rowing career, he also secured two Oxford Blues and is one of only 14 Team GB Olympians to stay at the top of his sport for so long. A serving Royal Navy officer since 1999, Pete retired from rowing in 2018 to resume public service at sea. In 2019 he suffered a spinal stroke causing paralysis below his chest. Pete has since used his military training and Olympic experience to get the best from his changed life circumstances and help others to do the same.

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.

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 50

The 50 GREAT British Employers of Veterans, the most in-depth benchmark of the top companies employing veterans and other members of the Armed Forces community in the UK, is now available for free digital download.

THE GREAT 50

The 50 GREAT British Employers of Veterans, the most in-depth benchmark of the top companies employing veterans and other members of the Armed Forces community in the UK, is now available for free digital download.

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