Prestigious Gold Award for Meldrum

Gold Armed Forces Covenant

Meldrum is delighted and truly honoured to be awarded the prestigious Gold Armed Forces Covenant.

The Gold Armed Forces Covenant represents the highest badge of honour available by the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

The Gold accolade is awarded to businesses that pledge & demonstrate outstanding support towards the Armed Forces community.

We join our sister company, McLeods, which was awarded the Gold award last year – a great accomplishment for both businesses.  

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have served in the armed forces and their families are treated fairly.

We join a very exclusive list of only 643 businesses in the UK that have the Gold Covenant. This year 9 businesses within our Highland region were awarded Gold status – congratulations to all of them.

It’s an unbelievable achievement to share the same accolade with some of the UK’s largest and most well-known companies, Amazon, Barclays & Microsoft to name a few.

To qualify for the gold award, organisations must provide at least 10 extra paid days leave for Reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, Reserves, and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces. 

Organisations must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community by encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.

This award has personal significance to our CEO, Derek Petterson, who served 7 years in the British Army as part of the Royal Tank Regiment.

Derek, commented, “I am delighted that Meldrum has been awarded the Gold award and in doing so now sharing the same accolade with McLeods.

It is an absolute honour, and I am incredibly proud of our team.

As a former member of the Armed Forces, I’d like to dedicate this achievement to those I served with and to those who continue to serve to this day and to those who have lost their lives through duty.

What Meldrum contributes to our local community is simply superb and I am committed to continuing our great work that supports and helps raise awareness of the Armed Forces community.” 

Although the official awards presentation and reception won’t be until November 3rd at Stirling Castle, Roy McLellanRegional Employer Engagement Director paid us a visit at Rosemary House to personally congratulate us and present an oversized Gold Certificate.

Roy commented, “Congratulations to everyone at Meldrum. It’s a great achievement to be awarded Gold status. Meldrum has been great advocates for the Armed Forces Community and has shown continued enthusiasm and commitment to progress from the bronze award through to the Gold award.”


1st: From left to right, Roy McLellan, Regional Employer Engagement Director, Scott McNae, Maintenance Contracts Manager, Douglas Calder, Joinery Contract Manager & Derek Petterson, CEO

2nd: Roy McLellan presents Derek Petterson with an oversized Gold certificate at our head office, Rosemary House.

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