Portsmouth City Council has contacted local businesses to encourage them to engage with the armed forces community. 

The council is a gold award Armed Forces Covenant employer and has provided work placements and training for armed forces veterans as well as working closely with our local military community. 

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the British military, and their families, are not disadvantaged by their service. Portsmouth is one of 407 local authorities in Great Britain that have pledged to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant. 

Council Leader Cllr Gerald Vernon Jackson said: "As Armed Forces Covenant gold award defence employers we're encouraging businesses to engage with the armed forces community, veterans and their families to see how they can offer them support and opportunities." 

Local law firm Biscoes is already on board with policies and support in place in the work place for veterans, reservists and spouses.  Alison Lee, Managing Director of Biscoes said:
“We consider it is an important part of our business, especially being based in Portsmouth, home of the Royal Navy, that we honour the dedication of our Armed Forces and their families. In addition, those who have been in the services have valuable skills which translate well into the civilian workplace and are good for business.” 

Businesses and charities that recognise the unique value that members of the Armed Forces Community bring can also show their commitment by signing the pledge and joining the employer recognition scheme. www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk  search get involved/sign-the-covenant.