Peel Ports recognised by government’s Armed Forces award

Peel Ports recognised by government’s Armed Forces award

<Pictured L-R> Mark Whitworth, CEO Peel Ports, Mr Warren Smith, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and Howard Sloane, Group HR Director Peel Ports with the Silver Award.

North West employer Peel Ports has received the Silver Award under the government’s Employer Recognition Scheme for support to the Armed Forces Community.

The awards, signed by the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff, are recognised as laudatory honours and aim to encourage employers to support Defence and inspire others to do the same. The certificates were presented by Mr Warren Smith, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester, during the annual Armed Forces Business Awards held at the Monastery, Gorton.

Peel Ports received the award for their support to Reservists, Service leavers, wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, the Cadet organisations and service families. Peel Ports is one of the UK’s largest port groups, owning and operating seven of the UK and Ireland’s most important ports. They also have their own short-sea shipping line, BG Freight, and own the Manchester Ship Canal. Their current flagship investments include the Liverpool2 container terminal, which will allow global shippers ‘ship-to-door’ access to the UK's major import centres via the most economic and lowest carbon route, and provide northern UK-based exporters with a more competitive route to market. They have also created a new national import centre at Port Salford to support the growing supply chain sector in the North West. Peel Ports is part of the Peel Group, one of the UK’s foremost privately-owned investment enterprises.

Lieutenant Colonel Steven Wotherspoon, Regional Employer Engagement Director for Ministry of Defence in North West England, said:

“On behalf of the Ministry of Defence we are honoured to be able to recognise the level of support and commitment given to the Armed Forces by organisations in the region. Each recipient has demonstrated not only that they value the ethos of the Armed Forces but also that they are prepared to help Reservists, former servicemen and women and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers in the workplace.  The experiences gained through service with the Reserve Forces or volunteering with the Cadet organisations equip individuals with invaluable life skills – motivation, self-discipline, confidence, communication, teamwork and leadership – all of which make a positive contribution to any organisation.”

Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive Officer Peel Ports, said:

“We are very proud to be recognised as an organisation that acknowledges and values the contribution made by those in our Armed Forces. The recent centenary of the Somme and commemoration of other events from the First World War are important reminders to us all about the sacrifices made in the country’s interest.

It’s essential that the men and women who have been returned to us from the fields of conflict are supported by major employers such as ourselves. Many of them offer essential skills gained in the course of military service that are crucial to our business, including decision-making, communication, leadership and team-building.

We will continue to offer long-term employment, career development and training opportunities for service personnel, supporting them and their families, in partnership with the armed forces community.”

Reservists in the North West of England serve in the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Marines Reserve, the Army Reserve and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. They can be mobilized wherever they are needed to work alongside Regular Armed Forces, and are trained to the same high standard as their Regular counterparts. Cadet Force Adult Volunteers give of their own free time to support the Sea Cadets, Army Cadets and Air Cadets, in turn developing experience and gaining qualifications which also help them in their day jobs. For more information about the Reserve Forces and the Cadets, visit

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