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October 7th 2015

Derbyshire employer: “We owe a great amount of gratitude to our service personnel”

An employer from Derbyshire has pledged his support for service personnel by signing the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

Brell Ewart, Chairman and Chief Executive of Whitehouse Construction Co. Ltd, who are based in Ashbourne, signed the voluntary pledge which sets out the moral obligation between the nation, the Government and the Armed Forces, earlier this month.

Explaining why his organisation are so supportive of past or present Defence personnel, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and their families, Brell Ewart said: “ We all think we have important jobs. However when we see individuals putting themselves in the front line in Defence of the realm where in fact they defend us, sometimes at great personal sacrifice, there can be no doubt that their role is very important.

“Although the UK is not in imminent danger of being invaded or indeed going to full scale war, the world remains a dangerous place.  We owe a great amount of gratitude to our service personnel who as part of their daily jobs, help to keep us safe. Few things in life can be more important.

“As such we at Whitehouse have elected to demonstrate our support to service personnel past and present and their families by way of signing the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.  We are delighted to be able to help them in this way by publicly stating our support and strategically seeking to use the skills of our armed forces community in our business when their service life concludes.”

John Wilson, East Midlands SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reserves and Employers) Regional Campaign Director, said: “We are delighted that Whitehouse Construction Co. Ltd has formally pledged its support to the Armed Forces community. The covenant sets out two main principles: the first is that no member of the Armed Forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen; and the second it that in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for those injured or bereaved.”

The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant was signed by Whitehouse Construction on 20 August 2015.

“As such we at Whitehouse have elected to demonstrate our support to service personnel past and present and their families by way of signing the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant. "