Superfast IT has become one of the latest organisations in the West Midlands to show their support for our military community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. Hosted as a virtual event, the signing was attended by Wing Commander Simon Briggs of the Royal Air Force.
The organisation has pledged its support to the Armed Forces Covenant; a promise that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated with fairness and respect in their communities, economy and society for which they serve with their lives.
James Cash, Founder and Managing Director at Superfast IT, has a military background, beginning his career in the British Army as Fusilier with The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers before successfully transitioning to IT.
James Cash said, “Superfast IT is proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces Community. It is with great pride that I sign the Armed Forces Covenant today alongside Wing Commander Simon Briggs.
“Before I began my career in IT, I served as a soldier in the British Army. Many of the skills I learned in the military are ingrained and have contributed to the business’ ongoing success. Our business has grown by 40% in the past two years, and we continue to thrive. My military background continues to positively impact my business and personal life – my son will soon begin his career in the Army, which I am immensely proud of.
“The Armed Forces teaches leadership, self-sufficiency and ownership, effective communication, integrity, technology skills, teamwork and the ability to perform under pressure. Our business’ values align closely with the Armed Forces Covenant, which I believe stem from my military roots.
“I look forward to engaging and collaborating with the Armed Forces community. We are committed to be an Armed Forces-friendly organisation and will support the employment of veterans, service leavers and family members without disadvantage.
“We will support employees who choose to join the Reserve Forces or volunteer in the military cadet organisations. It is also important for our organisation to support Armed Forces Day, Reserves Day, the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Day. It is important to give back to the community and we endeavour to fundraise for Armed Forces charities too.”
Bobby Birdi, Regional Employer Engagement Director at West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association added, “On behalf of the Employer Engagement Team at West Midland RFCA, I am delighted that Superfast IT have made this public commitment of support to the Armed Forces Community.
“We thank you for raising awareness among businesses of the wealth of skills inherent in people who are leaving the military, and the opportunities for staff training and development within the Reserve Forces and Cadet Forces. By signing the Armed Forces Covenant, and creating these pledges of support, we hope to support your partnership with Defence, thereby creating mutually beneficial outcomes.”
By signing the Covenant, Superfast IT has made a commitment to support serving personnel, service leavers, veterans and their families by fostering relationships between business and the Armed Forces, supporting employment opportunities for veterans, service spouses and partners and offering favourable employment terms to support Reservist duties.
To date more than 6,500 organisations have signed the Armed Forces Covenant including businesses and charities nationwide.
Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant and how your organisation can help to support the wider forces community.
View a list of organisations who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.
Published 10 May 2021