NEWS

JANUARY 11TH 2018

Northamptonshire businesses sign Armed Forces Covenant

The Covenant signatories

The Covenant signatories from left to right: Roger Ward, Director of Maple (SHEQ) Management Services Ltd; Jim Wright, Director of Wright Logistics Services Ltd; Lorraine Evision, Owner of The Beehive Public House; Lieutenant Colonel John Hanson, Commanding Officer 103 Battalion Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers; Mary Pereira, Vice Chairman of Deanshanger Parish Council; Luke Costello, Director of LC Hedging and Grass Maintenance and Sheron Cummins, Director of Advance Logistic Support.

Six local businesses have signed the Armed Forces Covenant at a joint ceremony held on Wednesday 10 January at Deanshanger Parish Council.

Deanshanger Parish Councillor and owner of Wright Logistic Services Ltd, Jim Wright organised the group signing and was keen to encourage as many local businesses as possible to get involved.

The organisations that signed the covenant were; Wright Logistic Services Ltd, The Beehive Public House, Maple (SHEQ) Management Services Ltd, Advance Logistic Support, LC Hedging and Grass Maintenance and Deanshanger Parish Council.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise to ensure past and present Armed Forces personnel and their families are treated fairly.

Explaining his passion for the Armed Forces Jim said: “I’ve always hired members of the reserves in my previous roles and now I’ve got my own business I thought I’d do everything I could to encourage others to show their support for the military too.

As well as running his own business Jim Wright is also a member of the East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association’s Northamptonshire County Committee and is a Veteran Pensions Advisor for the Ministry of Defence.

However, he helped organise the joint signing through his role as Chairman of Deanshanger Parish Council.

Jim Wright, Director, Wrights Logistic Service, signing the Armed Forces Covenant

Jim Wright signing the Armed Forces Covenant

Jim explained: “I thought it was a good idea for the people in our parish to learn more about the Armed Forces Covenant so I started discussing it with local businesses. Whilst talking to the owners of The Beehive I discovered they had family in the reserves so for them it was a no brainer to sign the covenant.

“I also knew Luke Costello used to be in the military and that he had just launched his gardening business so thought this would be a great opportunity for him to strengthen his connection to the Armed Forces.”

Throughout the UK more than 2,000 organisations have signed the covenant to demonstrate their support for the Armed Forces Community, with 199 being based in the East Midlands.

Jim concluded: “I spent 17 years in my last role and employed a number of members of the Reserve Forces. I’ve always found that military personnel have given their best in the civilian workplace and believe that it’s only right that we show them the support they deserve.”

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director in the East Midlands, said: “For so many organisations to sign the Covenant at the same time is a great demonstration of collaborative support for the Armed Forces community.

“Jim Wright has been a very good advocate for support to Defence personnel and his drive has been instrumental in arranging today’s public show of support.”
To find out more about signing the Armed Forces Covenant visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk

"I thought it was a good idea for the people in our parish to learn more about the Armed Forces Covenant so I started discussing it with local businesses."