Business community gathers behind ex-military personnel initiative
Businessmen across Wearside have thrown their weight behind efforts to improve the lives of ex-service personnel from the Armed Forces.
They joined many other businesses at the George Washington Hotel Golf Club and Spa in a mass signing of the Armed Forces Covenant – a legal pledge to support those that are serving and those that have served and their dependents.
Col Andrew Black, who represented the Armed Forces at the presentation, said:
“It was wonderful to see some big brand organisations as well as small businesses from across the region undertaking their pledge.
“The benefits of bringing so many organisations together is they already have something in common – their offer of support – but this presents an opportunity to network and to seek understanding of how others are supporting the Armed Forces.
“The opportunity to hear from businesses that already partner the Armed Forces gives a real idea of how we all can benefit through collaboration and enables all to see that our serving personnel develop some terrific skills throughout their military career, which are directly transferable to local business needs.
“One of our key ambassadors in the North East is Ammar Mirza, a local entrepreneur, who’s businesses are Armed Forces Covenant signed and awarded the Silver Award with the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme, helping to connect members of his business network.
“The power of business networks enables us to promote cross all sectors and we’re delighted to see that during our early pilot of these ‘mass’ Covenant signings that Ammar has promoted amongst the Asian business community and they are very keen to engage with us.”
“The Mercure George Washington Hotel is a superb location, where we were extremely well hosted by staff at the hotel and our guests from across the North East received a first-class reception.
The signing was led by the High Unsworth hotel and general manager Ian Gray also signed the pledge on behalf of the hotel.Back