Pall-Ex has unveiled a unique livery to commemorate being awarded the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award by the Ministry of Defence, which recognises the networks ongoing commitment to the armed forces.

Pall-Ex is the only UK palletised freight distribution network to hold the gold accolade and was awarded the honour due to its continued work supporting ex-military personnel via training, careers, and charity fundraising. The company joins an exclusive list of just three Leicestershire organisations that achieved the prestigious Gold accreditation in 2022.

To mark the occasion, the striking cameo-inspired livery was revealed in a special ceremony at the Reserves Forces and Cadet Association black tie event which took place at the National Memorial Arboretum, ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Pall-Ex Group CEO Kevin Buchanan commented, “We are delighted to reveal this one-of-a-kind livery to mark what is a very special accolade. I speak on behalf of everyone at Pall-Ex when I say we are honoured to hold the ERS Gold Award which recognises our efforts across the business in helping veterans build rewarding careers, with many of our staff having joined us from successful backgrounds within the armed forces.

“The causes we support we hold dearly and being recognised so highly further cements our dedication and commitment to Armed Forces personnel.”

Pall-Ex’s efforts have been recognised as outstanding due to its forces-friendly pledges, including enhanced leave for Reservists and Cadets, and its ongoing fundraising for veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress.

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health and has been Pall-Ex’s Corporate charity partner for the last few years. To commemorate their partnership Pall-Ex was awarded with the Corporate Fundraising Group of the Year award in early 2022 for raising a staggering £35,000 in 2021 alone.

Charity and giving back to the local community is part of Pall-Ex Group’s core values and its penny-a-pallet donation scheme sees thousands of pounds raised each year for a range of different charities. Every single member signs up to pledge a penny from every single pallet that passes through any of Pall-Ex Group’s main transshipment hubs to charity. With thousands passing through daily this amounts to quite a sum and is used to support corporate charity partners, local community projects and school events.

Pall-Ex Group also holds various fundraising events throughout the year, including charity football matches, bake-off competitions, and will also support Combat Stress with their Christmas Carol Service in early December. Pall-Ex Group will also be hosting a Silver Employer Recognition Scheme drinks evening to celebrate businesses throughout Leicester and to support other businesses within the local area going for Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award.

The cameo-livery vehicle aptly named ‘Poppy’ will be used for collection and deliveries around the Leicester area and will support Pall-Ex’s corporate division. The design will also be rolled out throughout the network as many of its shareholder members look to become gold accredited in the next few years.