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The winners for the 2019 British Ex-Forces in Business Awards, the world’s largest celebration of military veterans in business, were revealed last night at a special ceremony in London.

Each year thousands of servicemen and women leave the military, forming an attractive pool of talent in the civilian world. But despite their years spent gaining skills and values that are transferable and valuable to businesses, transitioning and finding a place in the wider workforce can be challenging. While many hundreds of thousands have gone through a similar transition, service leavers lack visible role models in business.

The British Ex-Forces in Business Awards provides that visibility on a national scale by celebrating the accomplishments of veterans across the UK workforce. The awards highlight the military skills and values that have enabled business success and recognise organisations that support the transition of servicemen and women into second careers.

Last night’s awards ceremony, which took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane, was the largest ever celebration of military veterans in business. The landmark event gathered business leaders, veterans, top employers and current serving officers to promote the significant value that ex-military add to the UK economy.

The finalists were whittled down from over 400 nominations with the winners decided by a judging panel of military veterans headed up by Admiral Sir George Zambellas, former First Sea Lord and now chairman of several companies. Other judges include the CEOs of aerospace giant Lockheed Martin (UK), pathology service provider Viapath, governing body GB Snowsport and recruitment firm Staffline Group, as well as senior leaders from EY, PwC, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Cisco and Royal Mail among others.