28 April 2017
Drayton Manor Park in Staffordshire has been presented with a Bronze Award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) after pledging its support for defence personnel and their families.
David Leigh, outgoing High Sheriff of Staffordshire, presented the award to company director George Bryan. Having served in the Territorial Army for 28 years, this is a cause that is close to David’s heart and, as such, when he was sworn in as High Sherriff on 14 April 2016, he vowed to promote the interests of the Reserve Forces and Cadets during his year in office.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. To be eligible to receive the award, the park submitted a statement of intent that outlined its commitment to being armed forces-friendly and open to employing reservists, armed forces veterans, including the wounded, injured and sick, cadet instructors and military spouses and partners.
David Leigh, who has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Drayton Manor’s CEO Colin Bryan spanning more than 20 years and involving numerous charitable projects, said, “I’m so pleased to be able to present this award to Drayton Manor Park. As a former Reservist I have seen first-hand the commitment and dedication of military personnel and how difficult the transition to ordinary employment can be. When an organisation such as Drayton Manor Park openly supports the armed forces, and promotes their fair treatment, it provides a huge boost for the military community.”
On receiving the award, George Bryan said, “As a family, a business and an employer we are extremely proud to have gained a Bronze Award in this important Employer Recognition Scheme. Our dedicated service men and women and their families make huge sacrifices for the benefit of our country and its citizens and we hope that by offering our support we are able to demonstrate our gratitude, whilst also providing employment opportunities.
“Last year we offered free entry into the park to all serving and retired military personnel and this offer will continue throughout the 2017 season.”
The ERS recognises commitment and support from UK employers for defence personnel. The scheme comprises bronze, silver and gold awards for employers who support those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families.
To book tickets, or for more information about the park, based in Staffrodshire, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1950.