Following the Ex-Forces in Business Awards, the world’s largest celebration of ex-military in second careers, the SA Group team have been reflecting on the valuable skills that veterans bring to their business, and how their recruitment underpins the key values of the company.

SA Group has been supporting veterans with their new careers since its inception and understands the challenges that arise from returning to civilian life. The company has been awarded a Gold Award from the Armed Forces Covenant in recognition of its active support to veterans with their resettlement programme.

Members of the SA Group team attended the awards and between them have over 50 medals and hundreds of years of combined service. Within these achievements is The Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service, a British military award that recognises meritorious service during, or in support of, operations. This honour was awarded to Lead Consultant Paul Wilcock who served in the Army for 13 years including a tour in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia from March to September 1995.

Another valued member of the SA Group team, Robin White, served in the Armed Forces for over 27 years and tours included Afghanistan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bosnia, Iraq, Macedonia and Kosovo.

Robin has received 7 medals in total including The Gulf War Medal, a campaign medal for issue to British forces who served in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during Operation Granby, the Liberation of Kuwait, in 1990. He also received the NATO Former Yugoslavia and Kosovo Medals authorised by the Secretary General of NATO for specific operations relating to those territories.

In addition, Robin received the Iraq Medal, and the Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan which was awarded for 2 tours of Afghanistan. Other medals include the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal which recognises the good conduct of armed forces personnel MoD over a 15-year period.