Derbyshire engineering firm handed Gold award by MoD

Acres Engineering has been handed a significant accolade by the Ministry of Defence in recognition of its support for the armed forces.

The family business, which is based on Castle Lane Industrial Estate in Melbourne, has received the Gold Award as part of the Armed Forces Covenant.

The award acknowledges employers that provide “exceptional” support to the armed forces community by going above and beyond their Armed Forces Covenant pledges.

Bruce Spencer, the Ministry of Defence’s engagement director, visited Acres’ workshop in April to review the company’s application for Gold status.

Yesterday (3 August) Major Steve Goodwin visited the site to officially recognise the company’s support and witness Acres publicly re-signing the Covenant.

Luke Parker, managing director at Acres Engineering, said: “Acres Engineering proudly supports the Armed Forces Covenant and pledges to support the Defence community within the business, ensuring those who have served in the armed forces are treated fairly.

“We always wanted to exceed the agreement and progress our engagement to the Gold Award and we are proud that our work here has been recognised by the MoD. We enthusiastically endorse the hiring of reservists and veterans at Acres Engineering and we stand by those who have served our nation.”

The Armed Forces Covenant is an agreement that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect by the communities and society they serve.

Major Goodwin added: “Acres Engineering Ltd is a great example of how employers are putting the Armed Forces Covenant into action to support the wider Armed Forces community. As Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold award holders, they have raised the bar for Derbyshire employer support and are well placed to share best practice and inspire other employers to follow their lead and experience the benefits of Partnering with Defence.”

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