Vistech Host the Armed Forces Business Forum

As part of our ongoing support to the armed forces community, Vistech were honoured to host the North of England Armed Forces Business Forum on Wednesday 15th March, at our head office based in Middlesbrough. The meeting is designed to facilitate dialogue between the region’s supportive employers and the Ministry of Defence in relation to Defence Engagement.

Vistech welcomed members of the MoD including Darren Rhodes, Regional Employer Engagement Director, who chaired the meeting, along with Armed Forces Covenant members, made up of business representatives from across our region. Discussion was focused on ways in which further support can be provided to army veterans and their families in our community, which is the main ethos of the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge.

As hosts who achieved gold award status in The Ministry of Defence (MoD) Employer Recognition Scheme in 2022, Vistech took the spotlight to share our journey so far with Defence Engagement at the forum.

The event was a success and saw businesses from across the region working together to share their ideas and experiences to continue to support the armed forces community with employment and training opportunities.

What is the Armed Forced Covenant Pledge?

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, should be treated fairly and should not face disadvantages when seeking to access public or private goods and services in the UK.

The Covenant is a voluntary pledge. Organisations may choose to sign up in order to demonstrate their support for the Armed Forces Community and for the principles of the Covenant. All organisations – public, private or voluntary and small, medium or large – are welcome to sign the Covenant.

For more information on the Armed Forces Covenant pledge and how you can become and member and support visit > https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/get-involved/sign-the-covenant/