WAVES Training Solutions Ltd in Winterbourne Stoke has been presented with the Ministry of Defence’s highest recognition for employer support to the Armed Forces by Prince William.

The team were presented with the Employer Recognition Scheme gold award by HRH The Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony on October 12 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The scheme is designed to recognise and thank employers who support the Armed Forces community and their families, and to inspire others to do the same.

Waves Training Solutions Ltd MD Lou Whiting, herself an Army veteran who served for 16 years, is delighted with the gold award, and said: “I am a huge advocate of employing military connected personnel; the humour, ethos and commitment they bring is unique and underpins our quality.

"Everyone in our team has contributed to the achievement of this prestigious award, which I believe, reflects the strong sense of service that is at the core of our company culture and people.”

Waves is a learning and organisational development consultancy. All members of the Waves team have either served in the military or have a military connection. The team includes veterans, military spouses and reservists.

Lou said it was "amazing" to meet Prince William, adding: "We had such a fantastic evening and being selected as one of the four companies out of 22 to meet HRH The Duke of Cambridge made the evening particularly special."

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, who hosted the awards ceremony, said: “Employers across the country are ensuring our military get a fair deal including by helping veterans to have successful careers after leaving service. These companies are rightly being recognised for the support they offer under the Armed Forces Covenant and encouraging other firms to go the extra mile."

Over the last four years Waves has raised more than £5,000 for military charities.