Aspire Defence Are Gold Award Winners

Aspire Defence are Gold Award Winners!

Aspire Defence Recognised as An Employer of Choice Within the Armed Forces Community

Five years after first receiving the silver award, Aspire Defence Services Limited has now been awarded Gold in the UK Defence Employers Recognition Scheme.


The Award was conferred in recognition of the company’s efforts to pledge, demonstrate, and advocate support to the Armed Forces Community in alignment with the Armed Forces Covenant. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

Aspire Defence Services Limited has always been a passionate advocate for supporting our Armed Forces community. As a business we employ a significant number of Veterans and reservists whilst a large proportion of our staff have links to the Armed Forces community.


Reacting to the award, ADSL Managing Director, Mark Carr said:

“This award represents our continued commitment to our Armed Forces, Reservists and Veterans.

With the MOD being our main customer, we are well placed to provide opportunities for Service Leavers, along with appropriate training and development to support their future success, and this award is testament to our continued support of the force’s community”.


30-year Veteran, Jonathan Smith, who is an Armoury Supervisor for ADSL, has this to say about his experience as a Service Leaver in the business.

“I joined Aspire Defence in April 2019; since my arrival, the company have been exceptionally helpful by providing me with an extra ten paid training days to help facilitate my attendance and support me as a committed member of the Armed Forces Reserves.

My line manager is particularly supportive and understanding of my role, and being an Army Veteran, ensures that I’m able to attend courses and training when required, often at short notice.

I have been really impressed with ADSL’s positive approach to Reservists. Whilst working with many Veterans within my role, I feel my military knowledge and training is particularly valued and encouraged, and I have always felt supported to maintain my commitment to the Armed Forces as a Reservist.”

Alongside embedding forces-friendly HR policies within the company, Aspire Defence Services Limited has supported regiments and welfare departments with a variety of requests, often raising funds for forces related charities, including a recent sponsored abseil that several employees participated in to raise money for homeless Veterans through Alabaré.


Furthermore, ADSL supported Service Personnel and their families throughout the Covid19 Pandemic with the setup of a medical ward within the Garrison community in Tidworth and voluntarily offered logistical support, including the transportation and installation of the kit required for the overflow ward to become functional, without any additional costs to the MOD.


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