Wednesday, February 19, 2014

News: Chamber becomes first to sign corporate covenant

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The Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce has become the first business to sign up to Rotherham's Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

The corporate covenant is the latest development in the Armed Forces Community Covenant, which was initially signed in Rotherham in January, 2012.

The public promise of support to members of the armed forces, both past and present, was signed by various partner organisations on behalf of the people of Rotherham.


The corporate covenant is a written and publicised voluntary pledge from businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their concrete support for the armed forces community.

Research has shown that returning to civilian life can be daunting for those who have spent even a short time in the armed forces, as all their welfare needs such has housing, education and health matters are met by the Ministry of Defence. In order to assist this transition into civilian life, the Government's Covenant Taskforce made a number of recommendations, including local authorities creating their own community covenant to ensure they meet the obligations to the local armed forces community.

Councillor John Doyle, cabinet member for Adult Social Care for Rotherham Borough Council, said: "The launch of the community covenant has seen many really good changes instigated in Rotherham and we hope that the corporate covenant will continue with this excellent work.

"All credit must go to the Chamber for leading the way and we hope to see many more local businesses sign up to this. It will mean that the difficult transition period for forces personnel when they leave the armed forces and return back to Civvie Street will be made that much easier."

Dominic Beck, external affairs executive of the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, added: "The corporate covenant is geared to encouraging businesses to sign up to the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. It means that we promise to ensure that those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve; those who have served in the past together with their families, will face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services."

Pictured at Rotherham Town Hall are Steven Bentham-Bates, employment consultant at the Career Transition Partnership, Colonel Steve Hopper Deputy Commander (N) 15 Brigade, Chamber President Owen Gleadall and Leiutenant Colonel Paul Davies who is the Brigade's Regional Employer Engagement Manager for South Yorkshire.

Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce website
Career Transition Partnership website

Images: Career Transition Partnership

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