EYMS recognised for support for reservists

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East Yorkshire Motor Services Ltd have been recognised for their continuing commitment and dedication to the region's Reserve Forces by being presented with a special certificate after reaffirming their support, one of only 80 presented each year.  Signed by the Chief of the Defence staff and the Secretary of State for Defence, the certificate was presented by the Yorkshire and Humber Regional SaBRE Campaign Director Richard Lenton on 4 October 2012.

The Company has supported reservists for nearly 20 years and in that time has seen around a dozen employees become part of the Reserve Forces with two drivers currently active members.

Peter Shipp, Chairman and Chief Executive, said: "We are delighted to be recognised in this way and are very proud to be supporting the Reserve Forces.  Not only do reservists provide a vital role to our armed forces, but we and our employees also benefit enormously from the transferable skills they learn, particularly in decision-making, leadership and team work.  Ultimately this means better personal development for the employee and a better business for all."

With over 10,000 companies and organisations throughout the UK supporting and encouraging over 8,000 volunteer Reservists, SaBRE (Supporting Britain's Reservists and Employers), which is part of the Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association (RFCA), encourages businesses to support employees who are keen to be reservists.

SaBRE Campaign Director for the region, Richard Lenton, said: "Becoming a Reservist can benefit businesses by developing vital life and management skills for their employees, from motivation, self-discipline and confidence to organisation and leadership. Through educating employers and speaking directly to the decision-makers within companies, we want to encourage employers and employees to sign up.

"It can be hard to comprehend the contrast between a Reservist and employee's civilian work and the activities they carry out during mobilisation.  Some of the roles Reservists can find themselves responsible for are providing force protection, emergency relief, contingency planning and regularly providing the lead role in reconstruction efforts in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq - all skills which transfer across in the work place."

Reservists in the Yorkshire and Humber areas serve in the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Marines, the Territorial Army and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and can be mobilised wherever needed to work alongside Britain's regular Armed Forces.  Reservists are an integral part of the UK Armed Forces and are trained to a high standard.

SaBRE aims to encourage all companies and organisations to understand the importance of Reservists and to show their support by becoming a supportive employer.  This can be done by visiting the SaBRE website www.sabre.mod.uk




Photo shows (left) Peter Shipp, Chairman and Chief Executive of EYMS, being presented with a certificate of support to formalise their support to Reservists by Richard Lenton, Yorkshire and Humber Regional SaBRE Campaign Director.


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