Hertfordshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is urging businesses in the county to take part in a new campaign and support Hertfordshire’s heroes.

The LEP is supporting the Community Covenant’s ‘Proud to Support’ Hertfordshire Heroes scheme which sets out to honour Hertfordshire’s armed forces (both retired and serving) and ensure they are not disadvantaged because of the service they have provided to the country.

This week the LEP's Chairman John Gourd sent an open letter to businesses in Hertfordshire encouraging the private sector to get behind the scheme and help those who have helped us.

Businesses are being asked to support the scheme in any way they can, which could be through:

* offering discounts on goods or services
* promoting jobs and training opportunities
* showing support through broader publicity for the Community Covenant

The Community Covenant was launched in July 2012 and outlined commitments around three broad themes:

* celebrating & honouring the county’s armed forces community
* ensuring fair access to services
* helping those who have helped us - ensuring that those Armed Forces personnel that do experience difficulties as a result of their service, receive appropriate support and advice when needed

The Covenant has already been endorsed by over twenty five major organisations in Hertfordshire, including the LEP, the County Council, NHS Hertfordshire, the major bus and coach operators, Hertfordshire Constabulary and all ten of our district and borough councils.

The LEP’s Chairman, John Gourd said: “This scheme has not been set up as an act of charity but as a small measure of thanks to our armed forces for their continued service to the country. I hope that the talented people working in the county will help us create opportunities for those who serve or have served in the armed forces”

Community Covenant Chair Chris Hayward said: “I’m pleased that a business led organisation such as the LEP has put its weight behind this campaign. It’s important that we give something back to our armed forces who have given so much for us.”

You can support the campaign on Twitter #SupportHertsHeroes

To join the Proud to Support Hertfordshire Heroes scheme and get window stickers to display, send details of your offer to the military to Hertfordshire.Heroes@hertfordshire.gov.uk

You can find out more about the LEP http://www.hertfordshirelep.co.uk/ or you can
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For more information on the Community Covenant visit: www.HertfordshireHeroes.org