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 current and future service leavers. The awards highlight the military-gained skills and values that have helped enable their business achievements and recognises the organisations that have supported them.
The high-profile ceremony not only gathers business leaders and veterans to 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 can provide to the British economy if better utilised across the UK workforce.
The second annual British Ex-Forces in Business Awards will take place on 8 May 2019 in the London Hilton on Park Lane’s spectacular Grand Ballroom. Click below to book your place at this special event.
On 17 May 2018, the inaugural British Ex-Forces in Business Awards took place at London’s iconic De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, gathering 500 leaders and stakeholders for the UK’s largest ever celebration of military veterans in business. Host of the awards, broadcaster Julia-Hartley Brewer, welcomed a keynote address from SAS veteran and bestselling author Andy McNab and special entertainment from the Military Wives Choir. Those presenting awards on the evening included General Sir Mike Jackson, who headed the British Army as it entered the Iraq War in 2003, Julian Lewis, MP and Chair of the Defence Select Committee, and Lt General Mark Poffley, Deputy Chief of the General Staff.
2019 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
2019 SPECIAL ADDRESS
Chief Executive, SSAFA
First Sea Lord 2013-2016
2018 PROMO VIDEO
Ben Farrell MBE
Head of Central Operations and Transport, John Lewis
Chief Executive, Staffline Group
Head of Global eFX Sales, Goldman Sachs
Chief Executive, Viapath
Sir George Zambellas
Former First Sea Lord
Chief Information Officer, Herbert Smith Freehills
Head of Public Sector, EMEAR, Cisco
Director, Security & Data Protection, PwC
Director of Service Delivery, Rackspace
Head of Fleet Services, Royal Mail
Vice President, NTT Data UK
Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin UK
Managing Director, Credit Suisse
Global Technology Risk Operations Leader, EY
VP Global Solutions & Global Vertical Group Leader for Life Sciences, KellyOCG
Deputy Managing Director and Head of the Ex-Forces Programme, FDM Group
Grand Ballroom, London Hilton on Park Lane. 8 May 2019
Dress code: black tie & mess 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
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
1 February 2019: Nominees notified before this date whether they have been shortlisted
1 April 2019: Shortlist publicly announced
2 April 2019: Judging Day, The Savoy
8 May 2019: British Ex-Forces in Business Awards, London Hilton on Park Lane
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. The editorial and judging teams reserve the right to move submissions to different categories should they be better suited. Good luck!
Advocate of the Year
Business Leader of the Year
Champion of Women Award
Employer of the Year
Entrepreneur of the Year
Ex-Forces Initiative of the Year
Innovator of the Year
Inspiration of the Year
Military Virtues in Business Award
New Service Leaver of the Year
Outstanding Achiever of the Year
Reservist of the Year
Rising Star of the Year
Role Model of the Year
Service Leaver of the Year
Team Leader of the Year
Young Leader of the Year
A leader of an organisation, or a leader of a department, team or division within a large organisation, under the age of 40, who has progressed rapidly into a senior management role and demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last 18 months. To assess this category, the judges will look at each candidate’s professional growth as well as the growth of their organisation, or the relevant part within it, and how the candidate has contributed to that success, both through their leadership and through their own individual achievements.