Royal British Legion Industries has been recognised by the Ministry of Defence for its ongoing support of ex-servicemen and women…

RBLI has received the MoD’s Silver Award through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme which recognises organisations who demonstrate exceptional support to for the Armed Forces community, going beyond their commitments pledged when signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant.

The charity, which is to celebrate its centenary next year, first began life in 1919 providing accommodation and employment for soldiers returning from the Great War with tuberculosis at Kent’s Preston Hall.

However, the charity’s village has since grown to accommodate more than 300 people, offering a range of accommodation and welfare support to ex-service personnel and their families.

RBLI’s chief executive Steve Sherry said: “RBLI has been established for almost a century and over that time we are proud to say that we have expanded our services to all four corners of the country, supporting ex-service personnel into rewarding employment.

“At RBLI, we are proud to support veterans and their families and help move them towards independence through employment. As a modern, forward-thinking charity, with a strong commercial outlook, RBLI provides the right environment for individuals to prepare tor success.”

RBLI’s social enterprise Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company which is based at the heart of the charity’s village employs more than 100 people, 70% of whom are ex-service personnel or people with disabilities.