The West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce has made history by becoming the first virtual signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant in Wales.

Chamber Chief Executive Officer, Debbie Bryce, signed the Covenant along with Chamber Chairman Phil Jones and Colonel Nick Lock OBE, Deputy Commander of 160th (Welsh) Brigade.

The Covenant represents a promise by the Nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The programme is delivered by the RFCA for Wales Regional Employer Engagement Directors on behalf of Defence Relationship Management (DRM), part of the MOD.

By signing the Armed Forces Covenant, the Chamber has pledged its support to the “Armed Forces Family” and strengthened its relationship with its strategic partner RFCA for Wales.

Tony Fish, Regional Employer Engagement Director (North) at RFCA for Wales, spoke to attendees ahead of the covenant signing on November 18, about its importance and that of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, a way of receiving recognition of support to the broader Armed Forces Family.

“As strategic members of the Chamber, we are grateful for the support Debbie and her team have shown to the Covenant and the opportunity for us to promote this to other chamber members, many of which are already Covenant signees.” said Tony.

“This is a very significant signing and is, in fact, the first virtual Armed Forces Covenant signing in Wales to be undertaken.”

Colonel Nick Lock OBE, whilst officiating at the ceremony, also gave attendees an insight into the military operations that have taken place across Wales to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

Debbie said, “Signing the pledge brings a variety of positive outcomes to any organisation who want to get involved, it enhances a workforce not only with skills but it also shows a commitment to the local community, and it gives something back to those who so bravely give their lives for our freedom and safety”.

Phil Jones, chair of the Chamber said, “Reservists and veterans have a host of skills to bring to the workplace, but sometimes, they need a little extra support or helping hand during the transition to the civilian career ladder. The Covenant established how they should expect to be treated and the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber are very proud to be involved.”

Interested in signing the Armed Forces Covenant or would like to find out more about being recognised under the Employer Recognition Scheme Awards? Contact Mr Tony Fish wa-reed2@rfca.mod.uk  or Mrs Audrey Nealon, Regional Employer Engagement Director (South) wa-reed@rfca.mod.uk

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