Travis Perkins honours former WWII colleagues and re-signs Armed Forces Covenant
Travis Perkins plc, the UK’s largest distributor of building materials, has re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant to support armed forces personnel, and honoured 89 former colleagues who served in World War II, in a ceremony at the company’s head office in Northampton.
The Group, which employs around 20,000 colleagues UK-wide, including over 1,000 in the Northampton area, has a long history of supporting armed forces personnel with training and employment opportunities as they transition to civilian life.
The company first signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant in 2017, and marked the re-signing of this with a memorial service and the unveiling of a memorial plaque that honours the former colleagues, who were conscripted in World War II.
Major General Tim Hyams CB OBE and Member of Parliament for Northampton South, Andrew Lewer MBE, joined in the service and a two minute silence with guests from the Ministry Of Defense, the Royal British Legion, the ABF The Soldiers Charity and cadet forces of the Navy, Army and Air Force to mark the occasion.
The ceremony was hosted by Nick Roberts, CEO of Travis Perkins plc. “As a business at the heart of our communities, we have employed hundreds of service leavers and recognise the great value they bring to our business. This re-signing of the covenant is an affirmation of our commitment to ensuring the Group continues to be an armed forces-friendly organisation which celebrates our ex-forces, reservist and cadet forces colleagues, and supports them with training and great career opportunities,” he said.
“Today’s unveiling of the memorial plaque of those nearly 100 colleagues who fought for our country in World War II was also a great reminder of our proud heritage, and a great opportunity for us who work here today to acknowledge their sacrifice and be thankful for their bravery,” he continued.
The ceremony was also attended by many of the Group’s colleagues and members of the Armed Forces Community, where 60+ current colleagues who are reservists, or who have previously served in the armed forces, meet to support each other and work collaboratively to improve awareness internally and externally of the talent and value veterans can bring to the Group’s businesses.
Image : Unveiling the plaque with Major General Tim Hyams and Andrew Lewer MP
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