Business Breakfast: Reed Boardall awarded Silver by MOD
Last updated Dec 4, 2023
Composite image of, of the left, the Stray Ferret Business Breakfast and Business Awards logo, and on the right, a photo of Sarah Roberts, Reed Boardall group financial director, and chief executive Marcus Boardall, receiving the MOD Silver award.
Group financial director Sarah Roberts and chief executive Marcus Boardall receive Reed Boardall's Silver Award from the MOD.

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Reed Boardall, the cold storage food distributor based at Boroughbridge, has been given a Silver award by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for being an armed forces-friendly organisation.

The company currently has more than 20 veterans and regular and reservist serving personnel among its 800 employees, and a further eight are soon to join.

The Silver award, which must be nominated by a third party, was given to the company in recognition of its pledge to advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and for aligning its values with the Armed Forces Covenant. The company signed up to the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme last year, and achieved a Bronze Award in November 2022.

Reed Boardall operates an in-house driver academy, which is popular among defence personnel seeking a new career as an HGV driver. It has also adapted its employment policies to accommodate the training and deployment needs of those still serving, where possible.

The company has also built links with the prison services to increase the employment of ex-offenders, and is partnering with organisations such as Career Transition Partnership (CTP), Army Families Federation, the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Prison Service and People Plus, as well as charities Veterans into Logistics and Clean Slate Solutions.

Reed Boardall was presented with the Silver award at a special event hosted by Jo Ropner, the Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, and attended by senior military representatives.

Marcus Boardall, chief executive of Reed Boardall, said:

“This Silver award is another fantastic achievement for the team. It is a real accolade to be nominated for such a prestigious award from the MOD by CTP and some of the charities with which we work, and is a further demonstration of how much we value services personnel and our commitment to supporting military families.

“We hope that more businesses put initiatives in place to welcome those embarking on a new career, whether they are veterans, services personnel or ex-offenders, and we are already working towards the ERS Gold award.”

Workers unaware of zero-hours rights, poll finds

More than three in every five workers in Yorkshire and the Humber (61%) are unaware of the rights of people on zero-hours contracts, a new survey from Acas has found.

A zero-hours contract is usually where an employer does not have to give any minimum working hours and a worker does not have to take any work offered.

The employment status of a zero-hours worker can vary depending on the exact nature of the working arrangement.

Acas chief executive Susan Clews said:

“Acas has advice in this area and a new law next year aims to give zero-hours contracts workers the right to request more predictability around their working pattern.

“We are currently consulting on a new Code of Practice to help businesses and workers in Yorkshire and the Humber understand the new law and provide good practice around requests for a predictable working pattern.”

Acas advice is that someone on a zero-hours contract could be legally classed as an employee or a worker; their employment status will determine their legal rights.

People on zero-hours contracts are always entitled to the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage, paid holiday, rest breaks, pay slips, and protection from discrimination.

Employers must grant all relevant statutory employment rights to people who work under these arrangements.

Acas the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service is a publicly-funded body that works for better employment relations.

It is currently consulting on its new draft statutory Code of Practice on handling requests for a predictable working pattern. The consultation closes on January 17, 2024.

The Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act is expected to come into force in autumn 2024.

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