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June 16th 2015

Employers thanked for supporting the Reserve Forces

17 employers from Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire have been thanked for supporting the Reserve Forces by being invited to attend the Ceremony of the Keys in London.

SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers) organised for the group of employers to travel to London on Monday 15 June 2015 to experience a day of ‘money can’t buy’ activities before visiting the Ceremony of the Keys in the evening.

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional SaBRE Director, explained: “It is vital that we take every opportunity possible to thank employers for supporting our Reserve Forces within the workplace, and continue to raise awareness about the benefits that these individuals, who undertake military training, can bring back in to the civilian work environment. Training undertaken by Reservists would cost a civilian employer thousands of pounds to provide, but by employing a Reservist they can take advantage of this for free.

“The Ceremony of the Keys is part of an ancient tradition where the Tower of London is locked up for the night. The ceremony has been happening for around 700 years, and is very popular with tourists’ which means it can be very difficult to see the ceremony in person due to the lack of tickets available.

“The employers also had the opportunity to visit a Battle of Britain museum housed in the former Headquarters 11 Group bunker, from which much of the battle was coordinated, and enjoyed a special lunch at the RAF Club in Piccadilly.”

Find out what employers had to say about the event:

Julian Evans, General Manager at DX Transport in Sandiarce, attended the event. Reflecting on why he believes it is important to support the Reserve Forces, he said: “I really enjoyed the event especially having privileged access to locations that wouldn’t ordinarily be available.

Employers thanked for supporting the Reserve Forces_2“I have the 1 employee at DX in Sandiacre who is a Reservist. I believe it is Important to allow Lee, our Reservist, the time to carry out his duties and support him in every way we can. This allows him to gain valuable experience that can be transferred to his workplace whilst in support of the Regular Forces. I am already seeing the benefit this gives in his attention to detail whilst planning for future changes.”

Rich Havercroft, Head of Support Services at Inzpire, who are based in Lincoln, said: “Inzpire are delighted to be working with SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers) as we recognise and highly value the contribution Reservists provide to UK businesses.  The Inzpire team is drawn predominantly from veterans from the Naval Service, the Army and the Royal Air Force and we employ an ever increasing number of serving Reservists together with spouses from military families.

“We are immensely proud to be trusted partners of the UK Armed Forces and have committed to sponsoring a wide range of charitable and sporting endeavours across the Armed Forces Community as part of this close relationship.  The opportunity to meet fellow representatives from other like-minded companies is a wonderful chance to share best practice and exchange ideas on how to support our Reserve Forces staff even further.”

Dr Mike Motley, Managing Director at TQ Training Group in Daventry, attended the event. He said: “My company have supported the Reserve Forces for many years.  Currently, we employ one Reservist, a WO1 in the Joint Service Signals Unit.  Previously we have employed four Reservists. Our employment of Reservists and others currently or in the past associated with the military is on the basis that they bring a range of skills to our company including loyalty, dedication, professionalism, leadership and a good sense of humour.

“It is seen as important to everyone at TQ, from the Chair and Managing Director down, that we are an employer of choice for Reservists and veterans, so we were delighted to be invited to attend the event in London along with other supportive employers from the region.”

“It is vital that we take every opportunity possible to thank employers for supporting our Reserve Forces within the workplace, and continue to raise awareness about the benefits that these individuals, who undertake military training, can bring back in to the civilian work environment."