Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce joined over 1000 other businesses and organisations around the country that have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

Yolanda Rugg, CEO of Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce pledged to support those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces and their families. Co-signing the pledge was Navy Captain Kevin Shaw, Station Commander of Northwood Barracks, at a business breakfast networking event organised by the Ministry of Defence and Hertfordshire County Council.

The event brought together over 15 businesses across Hertfordshire on 7th July to learn about the Armed Forces Covenant.

Kristina Carrington, Regional Employer Engagement Director spoke on behalf of the Ministry of Defence. She said:

“This is a great way for employers to highlight to their customers and the community that they support the Armed Forces. I invite every employer to get in touch to emulate the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce in publicly declaring their support for the military community.”

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

James Moore, Employer Relationship Manager with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), raised awareness of the free recruitment services that CTP offer to help Service Leavers secure employment, highlighting how transferable the skills and qualifications developed in the Armed Forces can be.

Audrey Nealon, Co-ordinator for Army Families Federation in London, shared her personal experience on the topic of spousal employment. She feels that including supportive HR policies on spousal employment is just one way employers can demonstrate their support to Armed Forces personnel and their families.

Chief Petty Officer Martin Cannon, a Royal Navy Reservist with HMS Wildfire based at Northwood, gave the audience an insight into what being a reservist really means and how the skills developed in the Navy, Royal Marines, Army or RAF can prove invaluable in a civilian career.

The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, The Countess of Verulam, gave the final words for the morning’s event, thanking all those in attendance and urged employers to consider how they can support those who have served so bravely and so loyally for their country.

Businesses of any size and industry can pledge their support. The first step is to reach out to Kristina and attend an Armed Forces Covenant breakfast event near you. 

Kristina advises and supports businesses who are interested in demonstrating their support. She puts organisations in touch with people like James and Audrey, or with like-minded businesses who can share insight into the benefits of employing Reservists, for example.

For the full list of Armed Forces Covenant events in East Anglia, visit earfca.org.uk/employers