The British 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.
The British 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.
This exciting, 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 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 British economy if better utilised across the workforce.
Nominations for the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2020 will open on 1 October 2019. If you have any questions until then or you are interested in partnering with us, please do get in touch.
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 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
2019 SPECIAL 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
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
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
1 October 2019: Nominations open for the 2019 awards
12 December 2019: Nominations close
1 February 2020: Nominees notified before this date whether they have been shortlisted
1 April 2020: Shortlist publicly announced
2 April 2020: Judging Day, The Savoy
May 2020: British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2020
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!