Lord Provost's boost for armed services

Published: 30 September 2019

The Lord Provost of Edinburgh has held a Business Breakfast at the City Chambers in the capital to highlight the benefits of businesses across Scotland becoming 'forces friendly'.

The Lord Provost held a Business Breakfast to highlight the benefits of businesses being forces friendly.

The enormous contribution members of the armed forces make to their country is well known but what about the skills they bring to the wider workforce and local businesses? 

Many employers are unaware just how strong Edinburgh’s forces community is, or that veterans, reservists and cadets can bring a huge wealth of experience to many different roles. 

Ahead of the Council being presented with the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award in November - the most prestigious award an employer can receive from the MOD - the Lord Provost was pleased to welcome so many faces from across Edinburgh’s business sector to the City Chambers to discuss Edinburgh’s commitment to our veterans. 

In the first of a series of similar business events, ex-service speakers from Transport for Edinburgh, Aberdeen Standard Investments and the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association were able to detail the clear benefits of the training and learning opportunities that can transfer to business, to recruitment practice and to the city.

"It is simple to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant to pledge business support, and I urge employers across the city to do so." 

Any organisation can follow our lead and receive similar Gold Standard recognition by making small changes and making reservists and armed forces resettlement part of their thought process.

Frank Ross, Lord Provost, City of Edinburgh Council


"Settling into civilian life after time in service and as a service family member can be a difficult time for many, but with the right training, employment and support it doesn’t have to be."

"What I found so interesting from meeting with employers was the passion from the room to do more. I am determined we do all that we can in our city to help make the move less difficult."

If you are keen to improve your business' forces friendly credentials, you can discover more by e-mailing the Lord Provost at lord.provost@edinburgh.gov.uk.



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