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Bremont Co-founder Nick English and Air Commodore John Wariner met this week for the official signing of the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise from Bremont Watch Company to treat those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, fairly.
The signing took place at Bremont’s Headquarters in Henley-on-Thames and is the first time an Armed Forces Covenant has been signed by any watch brand. Air Commodore John Wariner, Air Officer A6/A6 Force Commander based at High Wycombe signed on behalf of Defence to signify the start of a mutual relationship in support of Defence which will be further developed over time.
The Armed Forces Covenant is tailored to each business, organisation or charity that signs and can include a whole range of pledges usually including the employment of veterans, service leavers, spouses and partners; providing a supportive environment for employees wishing to be Reservists; and taking part in Armed Forces Day events. It is a ‘living’ document which can be amended and updated at any time.
Nick English said “As a business we have always been incredibly proud to support those who serve and the growth of our military division over the years is testament to this. As a British brand, working with the British Armed Forces has been a hugely important part of our military journey; we’ve enjoyed a close connection with Her Majesty’s Forces which has been a great privilege.”
English continues “We pledge to continue our charity work with the military and we believe it’s hugely important for companies like Bremont to support the gallant men and women who serve this great nation. Bremont has proudly worked with Invictus, Walking With The Wounded and the Royal Air Forces Association amongst others so this feels like a natural and very special next step.”
Air Commodore John Wariner said “I was delighted to sign the Armed Forces Covenant with Bremont. It is clear that Bremont has a fantastic approach to Armed Forces personnel and are a role model employer who recognise the terrific value of their people who have served previously, and those that continue to enjoy Reserve Service.”
To those who proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment, the Armed Forces Covenant is the nation’s commitment to you. It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.
The first duty of Government is the defence of the realm. Our Armed Forces fulfil that responsibility on behalf of the Government, sacrificing some civilian freedoms, facing danger and, sometimes, suffering serious injury or death as a result of their duty. Families also play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of our Armed Forces. In return, the whole nation has a moral obligation to the members of the Naval Service, the Army and the Royal Air Force, together with their families. They deserve our respect and support, and fair treatment.
Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.
This obligation involves the whole of society: it includes voluntary and charitable bodies, private organisations, and the actions of individuals in supporting the Armed Forces. Recognising those who have performed military duty unites the country and demonstrates the value of their contribution. This has no greater expression than in upholding this Covenant.
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