Archive: 2019

Finchale Group awarded Gold Employer Recognition Award.

August 22, 2019, saw Finchale Group as one of a hundred employers recognised by Defence Minister Ben Wallace for their outstanding support for the Armed Forces community by being awarded an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.

The MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards represent the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families. The scheme continues to grow year on year with awardees doubling in the last 12 months taking the total to 228.

Employers have won awards for initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the armed forces into a new career and providing flexibility for Reservists. Included are 23 Local Authorities, 13 NHS Hospitals and Trusts and 29 SMEs.

The 100 winners have been recognised for their long-term commitment to the Armed Forces, with companies from the public and private sector achieving the top grade. Each has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, and where possible, engages with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to promote the recruitment of service leavers, as well as honouring individual pledges of support.

Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said:
“These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.
“Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.”
Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said:
“Veterans make a huge contribution to businesses across the country and it’s fantastic to see a record breaking number of organisations recognised for their support.
“We’re working closely with businesses to help them further understand the huge value that veterans, reservists and military spouses can bring to their organisation.”
Amazon UK have a dedicated Military Talent Acquisition team as well as hosting Military Insight Days. Doug Gurr, their UK Country Manager said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded Gold in the UK Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is recognition of the huge contribution hundreds of UK ex-Service personnel make every day here at Amazon. The transferable skills of veterans and reservists are a great fit for a company made up of builders, innovators and inventors. So as we continue to invent on behalf of our customers, we hope to see more come build the future with us.” – Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon.
Georgina Yellowlees, Director Talent Acquisition Amazon EMEA comments:
“Amazon UK are exceptionally proud to receive the ERS Gold Award in recognition of our support to the Armed Forces. Veterans, Reservists and Military Spouses form an extremely important part of our ever-growing workforce. Their leadership and management skills, honed during military service, are second to none, driving our ability to keep our customer promise everyday.”
IED Training Solutions Ltd was set up in 2015 by two former Royal Marines and has a strong reputation in the field of risk and trauma management, drawing heavily on the team’s military training and expertise. Ian Clark the Managing Director said:
“We feel honoured and incredibly proud to receive this recognition for our work and continued commitment to the Armed Forces community and supporting this community is a primary focus for IED.
The company is wholly owned and operated by former full career Royal Marines and ‘the Commando Distinction’ characteristics, [versatility, value, excellence], very much underpin our business strategy.
As a national business which provides training and consultancy, we’re well placed to advocate the benefits of Reservists and service leavers. We believe the leadership and technical skills that military personnel develop during their service, prepare them well for career transition”

For a full list of Employer Recognition Scheme Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners:

Armed Forces Day Event – 27th June

On Thursday 27 June Finchale will be hosting an Armed Forces Day Celebration event here at our offices in Belmont, Durham; we will have a range of food stalls including a military-manned field kitchen and Gurkha curry. We have stands from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, and numerous other community and charity organisations we work alongside to support veterans. We also have a disability exhibition, which includes a 1940’s Finchale Invalid Carriage.

There is a Grand Raffle with prizes including 2x day passes to Flamingo Land, family ticket for South Lakes Safari Zoo, restaurant and cocktail experiences and many more brilliant prizes.

Our Armed Forces Day Event will take place between 11am and 2pm; so please come along for some lunch and to celebrate the contribution made by our Armed Forces community

Finchale Group success continues

We are proud to announce that we have recently been accredited with the world’s most recognised quality management standard – ISO 9001

ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) is an independent, non-governmental international organisation which gives world class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. The ISO 9001 certification helps show our valued and potential clients that we adhere to well-established quality standards.

 The ISO 9001 standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.

 This accreditation helps improve our service for customers, as continual improvement ensures that our business becomes more efficient and maintains a high standard of service delivery.


Mel Pears, Chief Executive Officer of Finchale Group said “We aim to continuously improve our internal processes to enhance customer satisfaction. We go above and beyond to ensure we exceed expectations and the positive feedback we receive from clients is great to hear.

We are delighted to have achieved ISO 9001 certification. We wanted to demonstrate clearly to our new and existing customers that we are determined to build on the solid foundations of this recognition, and continually improve in all areas of the business”

Security Training by Finchale Group

On Monday 18th February our first security training course will be delivered. These courses are designed to be bespoke to the needs of the trainee. This means they will cover multiple areas for security training which can be found here or on any of the security banners found on the website.

These courses will be delivered throughout the North East and Finchale Group are able to provide post course support if needed. We can also benefit the trainee by providing support when it comes to employment opportunities.

If you would like to book onto the course, please contact: 0191 386 2634