Pegasus Couriers signs Armed Forces Covenant
Leading UK courier company, Pegasus Couriers, has signed the Armed Forces Covenant as part of a forces-friendly workplace initiative.
The pledge has seen the company receive a certificate of recognition for their commitment and support of the government initiative. The certificate comes less than a week after Remembrance Day on November 11.
The Armed Forces Covenant is part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) that encourages employers to support veterans and reserve personnel.
According to the annual report, 7,488 businesses, charitable and public sector organisations across the UK signed the pledge as of mid-2021.
Pegasus Couriers has ten operational sites across the country with 700 drivers across Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland.
Managing Director Martin Smith said that pledge was a testament to the business’s commitment to the armed forces:
“We have always been a forces-friendly employer. This certificate further engraves our commitment. Over the last 25 years, Pegasus Couriers has employed and outsourced to many military veterans – some still with us today.
“Current senior and middle management team members are ex-military and current reservists.”
Smith added it was vital to harness the transferable skills from the military and incorporate them into the civilian workforce. “We take great pride in running a well-organised client and people-first business.”
Pegasus Couriers Operations Manager and former British Army Private Phillip West stressed the importance of being forces-friendly:
“Almost all of our corporate clients are members of the covenant, and it is with great pride we officially join their ranks.
“Being from the military, I understand the hurdles veterans face. Some of my site managers are also military, continuously enhancing their skills to benefit the business.”
West encouraged veterans to become courier drivers. “Some perks include flexibility and being out and about – not stuck behind a desk.”
The scheme is divided into bronze, silver and gold award categories, each demonstrating the organisation’s commitment to the project.
View the certificate signed by the Defence State Secretary and Chief of Staff by visiting this link.