Nominations for the 2020 Soldiering On Awards are now closed.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to nominate. Finalists will be announced in the new year.

2020 is our 10th anniversary of the Soldiering On Awards designed to honour and recognise many truly inspirational people and teams; highlighting the outstanding achievements of current and former service men and women, their families and all those who support the Armed Forces Community.

For your info, these are the categories that our judging panel will be considering…

1 Family Values Award sponsored by The Military Mutual

Honouring a person, family or group whose selfless commitment, dedication and support for others in the Armed Forces Community ensures that they are cared for, supported or helped. This selfless act is therefore a shining example to society and should be recognised.

2 Working Together Award – sponsored by Forces in Mind Trust

Honouring a person, team or organisation that has demonstrated an enduring commitment and a collaborative approach, engaging with external organisations to support the sector within the wider community.

3 Education, Training and Development Award – sponsored by Capita

Recognising excellence in the provision of vocational education, training or skills in support of preparatory, ongoing or transitional development for members of the wider Armed Forces Community.

4 Healthcare & Rehabilitation Award – sponsored by Redwood Technologies Group

Honouring a person or team that has demonstrated a major commitment and contribution in support of the physical or mental welfare of serving or former members of the armed forces community. This may be through healthcare, therapeutic treatment or rehabilitation services and support.

5 Sporting Excellence Award – sponsored by Spectra Group

Honouring a person or team that has overcome challenges, inspired others and demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of sport.

6 Inspiration Award – sponsored by NatWest

Honouring a person or group that has overcome significant challenges, injury or disability, and whose ongoing or past outstanding achievements are an inspiration to others.

7 Animal Partnership Award (Public Vote) – sponsored by Pets At Home

Honouring the unique relationships and companionship provided by animals, and/or the achievements of individuals or organisations engaged with animals that support and/or empower members of the Armed Forces Community.

8 Defence Inclusivity Award – sponsored by Landmarc

Recognising the commitment and achievements of individuals and organisations in achieving greater diversity and inclusion throughout the Armed Forces Community.

9 Lifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by Greenwich Hospital 

Honouring a person or group whose lifetime of dedicated service has provided a significant contribution in support of the Armed Forces Community.

10 Business of the Year – Start Up Award – sponsored by GKN Aerospace

Honouring a new business that was started by an individual linked with the armed forces who still retains a minimum of 51% interest in the venture, and that has been in business for less than two years (after 1 Oct 2017).  

11 Business of the Year – Scale Up Award – sponsored by The London Stock Exchange 

Honouring a business that was established over two years ago (before 1 Oct 2017), started by an individual linked with the armed forces who still retains a minimum of 51% interest in the venture.

12 Business of the Year – Community Impact Award – sponsored by Cisco

Honouring a business that was started up by an individual linked with the armed forces, that has a made a real impact within the Armed Forces Community.

13 People’s Choice Award – sponsored by Oracle

Selected by the Independent Judging Panel from the nominations across all Award categories, to represent the diversity and capture the spirit of the Armed Forces Community’s Soldiering On Awards.


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