Armed Forces business community

How your business or organisation could support the Armed Forces community

Businesses and charitable organisations who would like to demonstrate their support can also sign the Armed Forces Covenant to show you are actively supporting our Armed Forces community. This includes veterans, reserves, serving personnel and their families. Signing the Covenant is really straightforward and comes with a number of benefits to businesses and organisations. Pledges can be adapted depending on the size and nature of the organisation. For example you could adapt the covenant to:

  • Promote the fact you are an Armed Forces-friendly organisation
  • Support the employment of veterans and service leavers
  • Offer flexibility in leave for service spouses and partner before, during and after deployment
  • Support reservist employees, allowing leave for training and deployment
  • Offer discount to members of the Armed Forces community

There is also an opportunity for businesses and charitable organisations to add their own commitments based on local circumstances.

The Covenant is usually signed by someone in authority who will make sure that pledges are implemented; this could be the CEO or HR director. It can also be co-signed by a member of the Armed Forces at one of our events which often attracts media attention. To start pledging your support visit the Armed Forces Covenant website.

Read about Hereford FC signing up to the Covenant in our Newsroom.

Hereford Football Club signing the Armed Forces Covenant

If you would further information on signing the Covenant please contact us on

Who's signed the Armed Forces Covenant?

Over 60 Herefordshire-based businesses and organisations have now signed the Covenant joining over 4,000 organisations who have signed nationally. To check out who has signed nationally go to the national Armed Forces Covenant searchable database

Business and organisations Armed Forces event

Herefordshire businesses and organisations include: 

Click on a link to see their pledges.

Regional organisations working Herefordshire

  • 2gether NHS Foundation Trust
  • Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire
  • Harrison Clark Rickerby
  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
  • Landau
  • Lanyon Bowdler
  • West Mercia Police

National organisations with branches in Herefordshire include:

  • 2Gether NHS Trust
  • Asda Stores Ltd
  • Balfour Beatty Living Places
  • Barclays plc
  • British Heart Foundation
  • BT Group plc
  • Combat Stress
  • G4S
  • Greggs plc
  • HSBC Bank plc
  • Lloyds Banking Group plc
  • Marks & Spencer plc
  • Nationwide BS
  • RBS & Natwest
  • Royal Mail plc
  • Tesco Stores Ltd
  • Veolia Environmental Services
  • Vodaphone
  • Wincanton plc

The Employer Recognition Scheme

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) publically recognises employers' efforts to support defence personnel issues, such as employing reservists and veterans, while encouraging others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.