May 9th 2013

Derby Mayor backs Reserve Forces

The Mayor of Derby City Council, Lisa Higginbottom, is set to receive a certificate of thanks for demonstrating her support for the Reserve Armed Forces at a presentation event on Wednesday 15 May at 2.30pm at Derby City Council on Corporation Street. The certificate has been jointly signed by the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff.

The presentation event has been jointly organised by the East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) and Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers (SaBRE).

John Wilson, Regional SaBRE Campaign Director, said: “The certificate is really to say a big thank you to employers, such as Derby City Council, who have pledged their dedication to support employees who in their spare time train as members of the Reserve Forces. Enhancing the relationship between employers and reservists has a number of benefits including appreciating the training that individuals receive through their voluntary roles and the transferable skills that they can bring to their civilian careers.”

Mayor Lisa Higginbottom said: “I am delighted that our organisation supports colleagues who are a part of the Reserve Armed Forces. I personally fully support Reservists in Derbyshire and appreciate the skills and confidence they bring back to our organisation.

“Derby City Council has employed many Reservists over the years and currently has four members of staff who are in the Territorial Army.

“Mayor’s from the Council have shown their support for employing those who are a part of the Reserve Forces for many years. The advice and support we have received over time from the RFCA and SaBRE has been very positive and we hope our working relationship continues long into the future.”