South Yorkshire building management solutions company BGES Group has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a public pact which demonstrates its commitment to being a forces-friendly employer.
The Armed Forces Covenant represents a promise by the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated with fairness and respect. Thousands of organisations and local authorities in the UK have pledged to uphold the covenant to date.
BGES Group delivers a wide range of building technologies and solutions, including BMS and smart remote energy management. The company believes that the technical and personal skills gained in the forces are an excellent fit for a career in the industry, and as such employs several ex-forces staff.
Veterans within BGES Group include its managing director, Gareth Barber, who served in the British Army’s Corp of Royal Engineers, and Lewis Locke, who leads BGES Group’s London office and formerly served in the Royal Navy.
Through the covenant, BGES Group pledges to champion forces veterans in a number of ways, including recognising military skills and qualifications in the recruitment process, and publicly promoting the benefits of hiring ex-forces personnel.
BGES Group has also committed to supporting staff who may need additional flexibility or leave due to their involvement in the forces, such as service spouses and partners, members of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Force leaders.
Gareth Barber said: “At BGES Group we’ve seen first-hand the value of the experience and skills our ex-forces staff bring to our team, and we owe much of the business’ success to their contributions.
“We have long supported forces veterans and their families, but our Armed Forces Covenant pledge is our public promise to uphold those values, and to encourage other organisations to follow suit.”