Doncaster Chamber has signed the Armed Forces Covenant – a promise that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.

By signing the Covenant, the Chamber has made a commitment to support the employment of veterans of all ages and their service spouses and partners, as well as offering a degree of flexibility in granting leave for service duties during deployment.

To date more than 5000 organisations have signed the Armed Forces Covenant including businesses and charities nationwide.

Doncaster Chamber’s covenant pledge is made in support of the Chamber Military Network a unique project which helps Chambers and their members undertake the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant and deliver their employment pledges as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).

Chamber Chief Executive Dan Fell said, “Service personnel and their families are an important part of our region’s community and we wanted to acknowledge their importance to civic society as well as local businesses.

The Armed Forces community can bring real value to a business through a wealth of skills and experience. We’ve seen this first-hand at the Chamber through recruiting ex-services personnel whose work ethic, commitment to quality and values were a perfect fit for our organisation. We are proud of our close association and relationship with the Yorkshire and Humber Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) and fully support the new Chamber Military Network project.”

Mr Fell continued, “Our signing of the covenant lays out in writing our clear commitment to ensuring we are an inclusive organisation for ex-services personnel, that we honour and exceed the pledges we have made and to extend our support further by encouraging the Chamber’s business members to do the same.”