Signing up to help members of the armed forces

Employers and businesses are signing a military covenant to help look after armed forces personnel.
Employers and businesses are signing a military covenant to help look after armed forces personnel.

A leading construction firm signed a pledge to support the armed forces at an event at Nostell Priory.

Around 70 employers from the building sector gathered at the historic landmark on Wednesday as building and civil engineering company Kier Group signed the Corporate Covenant.

The agreement commits organisations to ensure members of the armed forces are looked after and have equal access to public services.

Army reserve units from around Yorkshire set up information stalls and displayed military vehicles at the Meet the Army event.

The army’s Brigadier Greville Bibby said the event was designed to raise awareness of how businesses and the army can work together.

He said: “As we are increasing the number of army reservists in the region, we are keen to offer Yorkshire employers the chance to meet their army.

“We hope this will give them a clearer understanding of the military and the support they need and also the benefits that a reservist or a veteran can provide to a business.

“However, this is a two-way conversation and we are also keen to take on board their views and opinions.

“This event is about continuing that conversation, developing our excellent relationship with these employers and providing them with an insight into the military.”

Armed Forces Corporate Covenants are a voluntary pledge of support from businesses and charitable organisations to the armed forces community.

Organisations which sign up to it are encouraged to support army veterans, reservists, cadet units and the families and spouses of armed forces personnel.

Brig Bibby, who leads the army’s regular and reserve troops in Yorkshire and the North East, added: “We are delighted to have the Kier Group sign an Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, the first in the region.

“We hope that other businesses will follow suit in committing to support the Armed Forces Community.”