Chamber pledges Armed Forces support

November 21, 2017

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has signed the UK Armed Forces Covenant. 

In doing so it has made a commitment to support the country’s servicemen and women wherever and however it can and to ensure no member of the Armed Forces should suffer any disadvantage as a result of their service.

The 20 November signing – by Chief Executive Russell Borthwick – took place at the Chamber’s HQ in Aberdeen. The document was co-signed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) by Captain N R V Dorman RD ADC RNR.

The Chamber’s commitments to honouring the Covenant include a pledge to:

  • Promote the fact it is an Armed Forces-friendly organisation.
  • Endeavour to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment.
  • Seek to support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible.
  • Offer support to local cadet units in collaboration with the Developing the Young Workforce youth employment strategy.

Chamber Chief Executive Russell Borthwick said: “As an organisation we are committed to creating a wide range of employment opportunities and recognise the value the highly-skilled and experienced members of the Armed Forces can bring to a workforce.

“This Covenant is a key partnership recognising the work of all our armed services, both past and present. Through our support we hope to bring awareness to the wider business community.”

Captain Dorman added: “It is great that the Chamber has signed the Covenant and, on behalf of those who serve or who have served in our Armed Forces and their families, we would like to thank them for demonstrating their commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community. The Covenant brings together the government, businesses, local authorities, charities and the public in order to support those who have served our country and their families, and by demonstrating its support Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce is helping to provide employment and opportunity for our servicemen, regular, retired and reserve, in the Aberdeen community.”

The Covenant signing was organised by Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and attended – along with the signatories – by the organisation’s Regional Employer Engagement Director Michelle McKearnon.

For more information on the Covenant contact Michelle on 01382 631026 or email [email protected].

Captain Nick Dorman RD ADC RNR and Chamber Chief Executive Russell Borthwick with the signed Covenant.