Finalists in the 2021 Soldiering On Awards (SOA) have been announced.
This year's awards have had a large range of nominees, with selections being made from 275 individuals, partnerships, and organisations, the most ever in the event's 11-year history.
Boris Johnson said that he was "honoured" to give the awards his support and praised the efforts of the Armed Forces community as a whole.
The Prime Minister said: "The Soldiering On Awards is an important, regular event in the life of the Armed Forces community and I am honoured to give the awards not only my support but the firmest of congratulations.
"Whatever your connection to the Armed Forces we, as a nation, salute your extraordinary achievements and express our profound gratitude for everything you do for the people who keep us safe and secure."
Mr Johnson went on to say he was "proud to salute the Soldiering on Awards" which showcase "the talent and abilities" of the Armed Forces community.
He added: "As we know, the United Kingdom is the best place to be a veteran anywhere in the world."
Minister for Defence People and Veterans Leo Docherty joined the PM in praising the awards.
He said: "The Soldiering On Awards is such a great opportunity to recognise some of the heroic work that goes on in the sector.
"I'm really proud to be associated with it and I fully encourage you all to show your support for these incredible individuals and organisations."
In order to make sure the judging process was as fair as possible, this year the SOA announced a diverse mix of judges drawn from all three service branches.
Across 12 categories the awards have 38 finalists, ranging from 22 years old all, the way through to 102.
Finalists in the Family Values Award category, sponsored by The Military Mutual
· Give Us Time
· WO2 Emma Sagar
· Mutual Support
Finalists in the Forces in Mind Trust Working Together Award category, sponsored by the Forces in Mind Trust
· Greater Manchester Police Armed Forces Lead
· Mission Automotive, delivered by Mission Motorsport
· Military and Police Support of West Tyrone (MAPS)
Finalists in the Education, Training, and Development Award category, sponsored by Capita
· Making Generation R
· Tom Leigh
· Neil Jurd OBE
Finalists in the Healthcare and Rehabilitation Award category, sponsored by Redwood Technologies Group
· Edward Dean
· Nikki McCartney
· Veterans’ Growth
Finalists in the Sporting Excellence Award category, sponsored by Be Military Fit
· Neil Heritage
· Sally Orange
· Josh Boggi
· Jeffrey Long MBE
Finalists in the Inspiration Award category, sponsored by NatWest
· Stephen Vause
· Mark Ormrod MBE
· Martin Hewitt
· Margo Hetherington MBE
Finalists in the Animal Partnership Award category, sponsored by Pets at Home
· Barry and Bella
· Dale McGleenon and Leffe the Frenchie
· Richard Mearns and Assistance Dog Ziggy
Finalists in the Defence Inclusivity Award category, sponsored by Landmarc Support Services
· Defence Hindu Network
· Compass Network
· Emma Norton
Finalists for the Lifetime Achievement Award
· George Batts MBE, Leg d'Honneur
· Martin Frank 'Bill' Sykes BEM
· Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE
Finalists in the Business Start-Up Award category, sponsored by GKN Aerospace
· Sam Jeffs – Peregrine Logistics
· Thomas Foster – Pull the Pin Rum
· Olivia Harris – Virtualoom
Finalists in the Business Scale-Up Award category, sponsored by London Stock Exchange Group
· Richard Hamlyn Tucker MBE – AAA Caring Caretaker Ltd
· Jane Chappell – Arcanum Information Security Ltd
· Kieron Honeyman – KH Plant Training Ltd
Finalists in the Business Community Impact Award category, sponsored by Cisco
· Nigel Seaman – Combat2Coffee
· John Lodge – Hexitime CIC
· Paul Matson – Hull 4 Heroes
What happens next?
The winners of each category will be announced during a series of online events throughout October and all finalists and winners will be celebrated at a black-tie gala reception and dinner in December, restrictions allowing.
Cover image: Soldiering On Awards presentation event in 2019 (Picture: X-Forces).