East Yorks Bus operator receives Reserve Forces honour
East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) has been recognised for its continuing commitment to the region's Reserve Forces.
The Hull company has supported reservists for almost 20 years, with about a dozen employees becoming part of the Reserve Forces.
It currently has two drivers who are active members.
It has now received a special certificate – one of only 80 presented each year – after reaffirming its continued support.
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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.
Peter Shipp, EYMS chairman and chief executive, said: "Reservists provide a vital role to our Armed Forces, but we and our employees also benefit enormously from the transferable skills they learn in decision-making, leadership, team work and many others. It means better development for the employee and a better business for all."
Sabre (Supporting Britain's Reservists and Employers) is part of the Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association (RFCA) and encourages businesses to support employees who are keen to be reservists.
Sabre's regional campaign director 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.
"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 that transfer across into the workplace."
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.