National Express retains MoD Gold award for Armed Forces support

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National Express celebrates Armed Forces Day
Pictured (left to right): Amir Gurung, Tom Stables (MD Nat EX UK and Germany), Ashley Edgcumbe, Neil Talbot, Duane Porteous, Bernie Cassidy, and Lok Badhadur at the resigning of the Military Covenant at Horse Guards Parade, London.

National Express has been recognised again for its support of UK armed forces, veterans and their families with the revalidation of the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold award, which it will hold for another five years.

In addition to celebrating Armed Forces Day and fundraising as an official partner of The Royal British Legion, the operator has demonstrated its commitment by offering guaranteed interviews to service leavers, their spouses and families for all jobs across the coach and bus businesses, as well as ten days’ additional leave for staff in the Reserve Forces.

Those within the armed forces community are offered discounts on coach and bus travel and free bus travel is offered to families visiting soldiers at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Free bus travel is also given to volunteers on Remembrance Sunday.

National Express says it is the only national passenger transport company to be given the ERS Gold award. 353 organisations hold the award, which since 2014 has recognised exemplary support of the Armed Forces Covenant – a pledge by the nation to treat the Armed Forces community fairly.

Managing Director of National Express UK and Germany Tom Stables says: “We are proud to be a longstanding supporter of the UK’s Armed Forces community.

“Achieving re-validation of our Gold award is recognition of our commitment to giving back to the communities in which we serve and testament to the hard work of colleagues across our UK businesses.”