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 service leavers struggling with their transition to civilian life as well as current forces personnel anxious about doing so. The event highlights the adaptable skills the military gave them and recognises the organisations that helped them find their new place in society through employment, training and other support.
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 in the UK workforce.
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 keynote addresses from Robbie Carroll, UK National Security & Public Safety at headline sponsor AWS, and SAS veteran and bestselling author Andy McNab, as well as 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.
Bestselling author and SAS veteran
We were pleased to welcome Andy McNab as the keynote speaker at the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2018. Andy served in the British Army for 18 years as an infantry soldier and then in 22 Special Air Service. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal. He is a bestselling author and his most famous book, Bravo Two Zero, is the biggest selling war book of all time around the world. Andy has been the director of a private security company for over ten years, and regularly advises the MoD and the FBI.
Broadcaster and journalist
Julia presents the breakfast show on TalkRADIO, Britain’s newest speech radio station. An experienced broadcaster and political journalist, she is a regular on TV shows such as BBC1’s Question Time, Have I Got News For You and the Andrew Marr Show, as well as ITV’s This Morning, Good Morning Britain and Sky News. She also writes regularly for the Telegraph, the Sun and other newspapers and often appears on Radio 4, including Any Questions, the News Quiz and the Today Programme. She presented a daily show on LBC Radio for four years and before that was political editor and columnist for the Sunday Express.
MILITARY WIVES CHOIR
With 75 choirs in British military bases across the UK and overseas, the Military Wives Choirs is a charity that brings over 2,000 women in the military community closer together through singing. Being part of the Military Wives Choirs helps to make a positive difference to women’s lives by improving well-being, building friendships and developing skills, often becoming much more than singing. Among their set list at the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2018, the Military Wives Choir earned a standing ovation after giving an exclusive performance of ‘The Poppy Red’, a song taken from their upcoming album, ‘Remember’, which commemorates the centenary of the end of World War 1.
Forces TV was among numerous national media brands that attended the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2018, interviewing General Sir Mike Jackson and Andy McNab about the importance of the event.
2018 PROMO VIDEO
Head of Power Delivery, Transport for London
CEO, The Training Room
Ben Farrell MBE
Head of Central Operations and Transport, John Lewis
Facilities Director, Hearst Magazines UK
Defence and Intelligence Director, Cisco
Head of Regulatory & Market Structure Propositions, Thomson Reuters
Managing Director, Leonardo Helicopters UK
Head of Fleet Services, Royal Mail
Vice President, NTT Data UK
Founder, Soldier On!
Executive Director, JP Morgan
UK National Security & Public Safety, AWS
Deputy Managing Director and Head of the Ex-Forces Programme, FDM Group
CEO, KCS Group Europe
CEO, British Ski and Snowboard
ON THE DAY (2019 TBC)
GRAND CONNAUGHT ROOMS
Dress code: black tie & mess dress
19.00 Drinks reception
20.00 Welcome and keynote address
22.00 Presentation of the awards
1 October 2018: Nominations open
14 December 2018: Nominations close
January 2019: Nominees told whether they have been shortlisted
April 2019: Final shortlist publicly announced
April 2019: Judging Day, The Savoy
May 2019: British Ex-Forces in Business Awards
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.