Audax receives The Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award

As one of only 156 organisations in 2022 to have been recognised by the UK government for their outstanding support towards the armed forces community, Audax are proud to be among the few who have received the honour of the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award 2022.

Representing the highest badge of honour, the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award identifies businesses that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families. Until this year’s cohort, only 30 micro companies had ever achieved this accolade.

A total of 156 organisations have been recognised in 2022, the ninth year of the awards scheme.

Of the winners, 44% are either micro-organisations or small and medium sized enterprises, while 33% are public organisations. This demonstrates both the growth in numbers and the depth of supportive employers.

The Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards continues to grow in strength each year, with a current total of 643 holders. Organisations must reapply after five years in order to retain their Gold Award status.

Speaking of the award, Owner and Managing Director, Adam Liardet commented: “I am thrilled we have received this honour and it means a great deal to Audax and to me personally. We at Audax pride ourselves on having a team composed of 50% service veterans, including myself. This is a cornerstone to our business culture and Audax are proud to support veterans and the armed forces community both within business and the wider community.”

Audax recognises the contribution that the members of the Armed Forces make to the nation through their service and has signed the Armed Forces Covenant to pledge Audax’s support of the Armed Forces Community. As part of the pledge, Audax supports: the employment of veterans; employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces (including the establishment of Reservist HR procedures); and local cadet units, either in local community or local schools, where possible.

For example, Mike Pitt, an Audax Company Director and Veteran Submariner, is a volunteer guide for HMS Courageous. The Courageous Volunteer Guides (CVGs), a group of former Royal Navy personnel, provide visitors with an in-depth tour of Courageous and the Submarine Service. As the name suggests, they are all volunteers and receive absolutely no payment for the work they do.

Audax believe we all have a role to play in ensuring that the Armed Forces community is not disadvantaged by service, and by employing veterans the company gains hugely from their direct experience of the operational environment, and their personal appreciation of customer needs and aspirations. When people leave the armed forces, they do so with unique skills and experiences that directly benefit business. Their potential contribution should never be underestimated and thus are Audax’s preferred first choice in any recruitment that Audax undertakes.

A large number of customers around the globe have also served in their respective countries armed forces so the Audax team share a “bond” with all. It is this “bond” of experience that provides an instant mutual respect and trust. You will always find the Audax stand at an exhibition or event with the Regiments Flag as a “rally point” for all “Once a Rifleman always a Rifleman”. Even the company name comes from part of a regimental motto – Celer et Audax (Swift and Bold).

Minister for Defence People Leo Docherty said: “Regardless of size, location or sector, employing members of the Armed Forces community is good for businesses. These awards recognise the outstanding support for our Armed Forces from employers across the UK and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.”

To win an award from the Ministry of Defence, organisations must show that they provide 10 extra paid days leave for reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, reserves, Cadet Force adult volunteers and spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces. They must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community, by encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.

About Audax®

Audax have been the worldwide Pioneers in Body Worn Video (BWV) technology since 2005. We are approved Members of Made in Britain as we design, develop, and perform all final assembly, testing and quality control functions for our products at our Plymouth Headquarters. Silver members of BAPCO (for all professionals using or developing Public Safety technology); The Guild of Security Industry Professionals and accredited to the Good Business Charter; the Audax team is predominantly composed of service veterans and are proud to have the Gold Award of the Armed Forces Covenant. 

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