The organisation was presented with the small business award for its support to the region’s Cadet Forces.
Employee Jamie Bell, one of five cadet instructors at the Cumbria Army Cadet Force in Aspatria, who works for the organisation, nominated Mitie. He wrote: “Unless there are extenuating circumstances, all five instructors are guaranteed to take cadet annual camps as leave without having to take holidays. Without my employer’s support I would struggle to meet the commitment required to deliver the correct level of cadet preparation and training.”
The awards ceremony was staged at the Imperial War Museum North in Trafford on Friday, 26 June, and seven regional awards were presented.
Mitie was among 35 employers, ranging from household names to small family businesses, who were nominated by military personnel for the awards. Each employer had shown outstanding commitment to the Armed Forces; assisting staff who serve in the Reserves, working with military families or supporting the region’s cadet forces.
The award was accepted by Michael Cubby, head of operations for the civilian guard force, part of Mitie, at Sellafield. He said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to receive this award. I’m ex-Forces and receiving it shows what we are all capable of giving back to our community. It’s great to see how much joy our five cadet instructors get out of their roles and in turn give back to the kids of West Cumbria.”
Brigadier Christopher Coles, Commander of the Army’s 42nd Infantry Brigade and HQ North West, said: “I’d like to congratulate Sellafield’s civilian guard force. The commitment that they have shown, along with all the other award winners here tonight, really has made our job a lot easier.
“Military personnel, be they Regular, Reserve or Cadet Adult Volunteers live and work among the wider Cumbrian community and we see these awards as an expression of the partnerships we’re building together. We’re grateful to all those organisations who have been nominated. Their work and support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to strengthening these relationships for many years to come.”