Perth firms pledge to support Armed Forces

July 8, 2016

The boss of the Perthshire Glazing Group today signed the UK Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of eight of his companies. 

In doing so, Chief Executive Derek Petterson committed each of the firms to support the country’s servicemen and women wherever and however they can, and to ensure no member of the Armed Forces should suffer any disadvantage as a result of their service.

The 8 July signings took place at the group’s HQ in Perth with each document
co-signed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) by the Commanding Officer of Perth-based 7 SCOTS, Lieutenant Colonel Piers Strudwick. 7 SCOTS is the Army Reserve infantry battalion for the north of Scotland.

Mr Petterson took the pledge on behalf of McLeod Glaziers Ltd; Meldrum Property & Design Services; ABC Business Services; Greyfriars Bar; Kirkside Bar; Forty Four Bar and Late Lounge; Soaper Stars; and Café Tabou.

He said: “We’re proud to show our support to the Armed Forces community and to develop an affiliation with the Ministry of Defence. Our group has a wide range of companies and through those we hope to be able to assist members of the Armed Forces – regardless of whether they are serving or not – wherever possible.”

Lt Col Strudwick added: “It’s fantastic that a company here in Perth is showing its support to the Armed Forces and is one that sees all the opportunities available to young men and women to gain personal development skills and to be able to be a better you.”

Mr Petterson – a former member of the British Army’s 4th Royal Tank Regiment – was also presented with an Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Bronze certificate for each of the companies.

The scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The prestigious Bronze, Silver and Gold awards are for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

The event was organised by Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and attended by the organisation’s Regional Employer Engagement Director Ron Macgregor.

He added: “It’s fantastic that eight Perthshire companies have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and received ERS Bronze Awards. We are delighted to be working with such a forward-leaning champion of the Armed Forces as the Perthshire Glazing Group and look forward to continuing our ever-closer relationship.”

For more information on the Armed Forces Covenant and the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme contact HRFCA’S Regional Employer Engagement Director Ron Macgregor on 01382 631026 or email
[email protected].


Derek Petterson and Lt Col Piers Strudwick sign the first of eight Armed Forces Covenants.


Mr Petterson, Lt Col Strudwick and members of the Perthshire Glazing Group team with the ERS Bronze Awards.