The Enterprise Network became the 165th organisation to adopt the Armed Forces Covenant in the South West, among the 1,100 businesses who have already made their pledges across the UK when they signed their pledge at the BFRS Tidworth Job & Careers Fair in September.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation, ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. Businesses, from sole-trader to multinational, public bodies or charities who wish to support the Armed Forces community can sign the Covenant and publicly declare their commitments.
An organisation’s commitments can range from supporting the employment of Service leavers or ex-Service personnel, including helping the wounded-injured-sick back into work. Supporting Reservists, Cadets, Service spouses, Service charities, and people other initiatives such as Armed Forces Day or the Armed Forces Employability Pathway.
The Enterprise Network were delighted to have the support of Lt Col Tom A Ellen RA as MOD counter-signatory to their Pledge and Alfie Hitchcock, Head of Military-Civil Integration for the Army in the Southwest, pictured above and right with Helen Winchcombe and Rachel Finlay of The Enterprise Network.
Rachel Finlay, Development Officer with The Enterprise Network said: “We are proud to be a military county and the economic value of having service personnel living and working in Wiltshire is self-evident. The support offered by TEN in providing flexible and affordable work space for start-up businesses along with business support and training provides an excellent springboard to help inspire and assist service leavers and partners of military personnel to launch their own business. Our Covenant reflects our commitment to the military community and entrenches our intent to actively support, encourage and promote those who want to pursue a future in their own business.”
The first organisation to sign the Armed Forces Covenant in the South West after its launch in October 2013 was Merlin Entertainments. Since then, a wide variety of organisations have signed the Covenant, pledging their support to the Armed Forces community.
Wessex REED Jon Beake said “It’s fantastic that TEN join over 150 businesses across the South West that have pledged their support by adopting their own Armed Forces Covenants; it’s been a pleasure tailoring the pledges to the individual businesses to make them relevant and mutually beneficial.
“TEN’s Covenant includes supporting the empowerment of Service leavers and veterans, along with Service spouses who want to become their own boss by setting up and running their own business. They also offer the promotion of Service leavers as employees to their client businesses and highlight the support and discounted packages available to ex-Service personnel wishing to become self-employed or set up in business.
“As a result of this pledged support, it is possible that TEN may be rewarded with a Defence Employer Recognition Award in the near future. I look forward to working with them and other South West businesses in future.”
To find out more about how your organisation could benefit from pledging their support to the Armed Forces community contact the Regional Employer Engagement Director, Jon Beake on 01823 250110 or firstname.lastname@example.org . To find a list of all those who have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk
For more information about The Enterprise Network visit www.theenterprisenetwork.co.uk