Our charity is thrilled that Lee Harris-Hamer, a Royal Artillery veteran, has won the ‘Business of the Year – Scale Up’ award at the 2022 Soldiering On Awards. The ceremony took place in the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster on Thurs 27 October.

Earlier this year, our charity nominated Lee for the award, which honours an individual (or group of individuals) who started a successful new business more than two years ago and still retains a mininum 50 per cent interest. Lee overcame major challenges along his road to success when, aged just 24, a back injury ended his Army career. With a wife and young child to support, Lee decided to use the skills he’d developed in the Army to start his own business.

In 2016, our charity helped Lee with training and specialist equipment, enabling him to set up his Yorkshire-based carpet cleaning business, White Horse Cleaning Services, which has thrived ever since, now employing over 40 staff. As mentioned during last night’s ceremony, Lee aims for his business to become the leading specialist commercial cleaning contractor in Yorkshire.

Brigadier (Ret’d) Peter Monteith, Chief Operating Officer at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said:

“We are so proud of what Lee has achieved since he left the Army. Winning the business scale up award in such a tough competition against other worthy candidates is fantastic news for him and his family. We send them our congratulations and best wishes.”

Read more about Lee’s story here https://soldierscharity.org/stories/lee/

The Soldiering On Awards are organised each year by X-Forces Enterprise (XFE), a charity which ABF The Soldiers’ Charity supports, to recognise the achievements of those who support the Armed Forces community. Read more here News – Soldiering On Awards

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