York business wins Government recognition for its support for the Armed Forces


York-based technology company SBL is celebrating after winning a silver award in the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).

The awards recognise and reward UK employers who show commitment in their support for the military.

“We’ve actively developed strong links with the armed forces since the business began 30 years ago and it’s something we continue to be extremely proud of,” said services director Scott Cattaneo.

“Veterans and military people have qualities that we value highly and add real value to our organisation. We employ a number of staff with military links and we’ve focussed on having policies and practices in place that ensure that their experience of a corporate business environment is optimised.

“That’s why we are so thrilled our efforts to ‘do the right thing’ as a team have been recognised and that we are to receive this award.”

‘Perfect step’

Andy Kay, aged 43, (who is pictured, right, with Scott) served with the Royal Signals for 22 years and saw active service in Iraq and Afghanistan before joining as DOBUS Project and Development Manager at SBL.

“Working for SBL has been a perfect step since leaving the military,” said Andy. “I’m in an ideal role that uses the skills I gained in the Army. Plus it’s a fantastic company to work for and a great team.”

SBL is a leading provider of technology solutions and services to the public sector.

Fair treatment for the military

Silver award holders demonstrate support by putting HR and other policies in place to ensure fair treatment of reservists, veterans and families of military people. They further support reservists by giving them flexibility to fulfil their annual military training and mobilisation commitments.

There are three tiers of award – Bronze, Silver and Gold – for employers who pledge, demonstrate then advocate, support for the Armed Forces community in association with the Armed Forces Covenant.

For more information on the ERS Awards is here

More about the role of Reservists is here.


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