The Award is a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award 2020

David Borthwick, Managing Director:

“For Fortis Vision, the receipt of this award is massive; the culture of our Business, driven by my business partner Nikki Todd and I, is one of unrelenting support to our Team who create the success of the business. The support of the wider team is often found in abundance within the Armed Forces for which I am truly grateful to have been able to serve. I have been in the Airborne Forces Reserve for in excess 30 years, whilst balancing a corporate career, and latterly building a new business with Nikki and the Team. We absolutely value ex Armed forces employees for their loyalty, flexibility and work ethos and we continue to encourage all our employees to support and join the reserve forces. This Country owes a great deal to all our Servicemen, Servicewomen and Veterans.”

Silver award holders demonstrate support for service personnel issues and employ at least one member of the armed forces community actively communicate and uphold a positive stance to their employees via established HR policies and procedures show flexibility towards annual training commitments and mobilisation of reservist employees and support the employment of cadet instructors, armed forces veterans (including wounded, injured and sick) and military spouses/partners collect their certificate at a regional silver awards ceremony, receive silver logos to display and are themselves displayed on the list of Employer Recognition Scheme award winners must be nominated for a silver award by a third party using the online nomination form are required to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and employ at least one individual from the covenant category that the nomination emphasises.

Derek Binks Health and Safety Partner:

“I want to highlight my journey and transition from being a serving Lieutenant Colonel in the Gurkhas, to having a second career as a safety partner of a newly formed construction company, Fortis Vision. This journey was made that much easier and stress-free by the willingness of the company to embrace the qualities and benefits of employing an ex-military person.

Fortis Vision knew about my skill set and strengths, but also accepted that there would be holes in my commercial knowledge. To address that they provided mentoring when required, and have funded several courses on Construction, Environment and Fire Management for me, to name just a few.”

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.


The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

The ERS is designed primarily to recognise private sector support although public sector organisations such as the emergency services, local authorities, NHS trusts and executive agencies are also eligible to be recognised.