Civic centre event encourages businesses to strengthen their connections with the local Armed Forces community.21st January 2019
Armed Forces community event
Local businesses and organisations are being invited to join up with members of the Armed Forces Community at an exclusive Armed Forces Covenant update event, taking place at the Civic Centre between 9.30am and 2.30pm on the 6 February.
The event is aimed at encouraging more businesses to sign up to the covenant, which is a declaration of mutual support between Southampton's civilian community, including businesses and other organisations, and the Armed Forces.
The day will look to showcase how businesses can mutually benefit from engaging with the Defence community, this includes service leavers, service spouses, reservists, ex-members of the cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers. The event is also open to organisations that have already signed up to the covenant - so it’s a great business networking opportunity as well.
Organised by the 11 Infantry Brigade & Headquarters South East and hosted by the council, the day will raise awareness of the covenant, the national Employer Recognition Scheme and the importance of local businesses signing up.
Southampton City Council is a proud member of the covenant, and has a Silver Award from the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme.
Armed Forces champion at Southampton City Council, Councillor Cathie McEwing said: “We’re inviting local businesses to attend the event and enjoy a free buffet lunch and networking opportunities with representatives from other local organisations and colleagues from Defence. It’s a chance to learn more about the Armed Forces covenant and the Employer Recognition Scheme and how a mutually beneficial relationship with Defence could also benefit your bottom-line.”
Any organisation that is interested in attending this free event should register through Eventbrite straight away as places are limited or call 023 9284 1780.