The Ex-Forces in Business Awards is the world’s largest celebration of ex-military in second careers. It recognises 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.
On 8 May 2019, the second annual British Ex-Forces in Business Awards took place in the London Hilton on Park Lane’s spectacular Grand Ballroom, gathering 900 leaders and stakeholders for the world’s largest ever celebration of military veterans in business. Host of the awards, BBC news anchor and former RAF officer Susannah Streeter, welcomed keynote addresses from Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of John Lewis Partnership and a former army officer, and Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO of SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, as well as entertainment that included a special performance from the The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra. Nineteen award winners were crowned from an outstanding group of finalists and nearly £50,000 was raised and donated to military charities.
2019 LONDON KEYNOTE
Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
2019 LONDON ADDRESS
Chief Executive, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity
First Sea Lord 2013-2016
BBC news anchor
Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity
2019 PROMO VIDEO
Dress code: black tie & military dress
19.00 Drinks reception
20.00 Welcome and guest speakers
22.00 Presentation of the awards
23.00 Awards party
Programme is subject to change