Landmarc Support Services has received a prestigious Gold Award in the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, in a ceremony held at the historic Lancaster House in London this month.

Picture left to right, Landmarc’s Managing Director Steve Utley, Communications Manager Karen Porter and Regional Operations Manager Steve Johnson are presented with the prestigious Gold Award by HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex (left) and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, at a ceremony at the historic Lancaster House in London.

Presented by HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, the company is one of only 51 businesses to have achieved the award this year, from over 2,500 organisations that have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. This is a pledge made by businesses to ensure that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly and with respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

Employers achieved Gold for initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the armed forces into a new career and providing flexibility for reservists.

Steve Utley, Landmarc’s Managing Director explains, “We work hard to advocate support for our Armed Forces communities, recognising the vital role they play and the value that they add to our organisation.  For example, around 25 per cent of our current workforce is comprised of ex-military staff and/or their spouses and we are also one of the founding corporate partners of X-Forces, the leading organisation in the UK for enterprise in the military community. Here, we support the organisation both financially and through mentoring and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, as well as contributing to new business start-ups.

“This recognition is testament to our strong military ethos and the understanding and support provided by all our staff and we are delighted to have achieved such a prestigious award.”

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “Those who have served our country so courageously deserve the full support of organisations across the public and private sector.

“The breadth and diversity of this year’s Gold Award winners shows how business support for the armed forces continues to flourish. I offer my gratitude and congratulations to all the winners.”

Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood, added, “When people leave the armed forces, they do so with unique skills and experiences that can benefit businesses and organisations across the country.

“These awards show just how valued and in demand these skills are. I encourage more businesses to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant and show their support for our brave service leavers.”

Landmarc works in partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to manage the national Defence Training Estate.