15 Mar 2017

Armed Forces Covenant builds to 1,500

Travis Perkins, the UK’s leading Builders Merchant, has become the latest company to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant, bringing the total number of companies committing to support to UK’s military to 1,500.

The Company is committed to supporting members of the Armed Forces and already has ex forces and serving personnel working across its business.

John Carter, Travis Perkins CEO, signed the covenant at an event attended by Mark Lancaster MP, Minister for Defence, Personnel and Veterans. He said: “As a business, Travis Perkins has long recognised the valuable skills and attributes those with a serving background can contribute, not only to our own workforce but also to the wider economy.

“We are delighted to not only be here to celebrate the Group’s commitment and ongoing support of the Armed Forces in our signing of the Armed Forces Covenant, but incredibly proud and honoured to be recognised along with our community of ex forces and serving colleagues, as the 1500th organisation to do so.”

Whilst touring Keyline, Milton Keynes, Mr Lancaster met with some of Travis Perkins reservist employees. He said: “Businesses like Travis Perkins, that have signed the Armed Forces covenant, are helping to make sure the brave men and women that have served our country get the recognition they deserve and are benefitting from the skills, experience, professionalism and dedication our Armed Forces personnel bring.

“As a Royal Engineer Officer myself, it is particularly great to see Travis Perkins supporting my corps in gaining NVQ qualifications for construction skills.”

On reaching the milestone of 1,500, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “By signing the Covenant, Travis Perkins joins firms across Britain committed to ensuring those who serve or have served our country are better supported.

“Reaching this milestone also shows growing recognition of the unique skills and experience that reservists and former service personnel offer their organisations.”

 

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