Armed Forces Covenant

Business leaders and managers are invited to attend a breakfast on 7th July to find out more about how taking on reservists and veterans can benefit their workplace and support Armed Forces’ families in Hertfordshire.

The breakfast is being run by Hertfordshire County Council in partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Northwood Military Base and will take place at the Permanent Joint Headquarters, Sandy Lane, Northwood, from 7.30am-9.30am.

Its aim is to encourage businesses to sign up to Hertfordshire’s Armed Forces Covenant by pledging their support for reservists, veterans and their families in their local area.

The benefits for businesses include the ability to recruit from a rich talent pool of Armed Forces personnel with key transferable skills, such as quick thinking, leadership and resourcefulness which will add value to any business environment, large or small. By signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant businesses can also help support the men and women who have already contributed so much to our country, as well as their families.

In January, an Armed Forces Covenant group was formed in Hertfordshire with the aim of persuading more businesses to sign up to a covenant. Led by Hertfordshire County Council it has widespread support from partnership organisations including Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Cllr Teresa Heritage, County Councillor, Chair of the Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board and Executive Member for Public Health, Localism and Libraries said:

“I would urge businesses in Hertfordshire to take the opportunity to attend this event and hear about the many ways that ex-service personnel and reservists can be beneficial to them.

"The leadership and resilience skills they have learnt during their service will enable them to thrive in a commercial environment, and will, I am sure, improve the productivity of the businesses for which they work.

"Not only this, but employing more ex-service personnel and reservists will be a hugely motivational and positive message for the Armed Forces Covenant in Hertfordshire, the County of Opportunity for all. This is just one of the many initiatives we have to further improve the quality of life of the Armed Forces community in this County.”

The business breakfast is free and open to anyone who feels that their business may benefit from the expertise of those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces.

Click here to view an open invitation from Captain Kevin Shaw MA PhD ceNG MIET MRIN Royal Navy, Station Commander, Northwood and fill in the accompanying form.

If you would like any more details about the event, email