Gough and Kelly has long been affiliated with the armed forces and veterans and has the utmost respect for the sacrifices of their members. We also recognise the transferable skills developed through their military careers, that they then bring to civilian work.

Currently, we hold the Bronze Employer Recognition award from the Ministry of Defence, awarded in 2020. To hold this award, a company must demonstrate their commitment to current and ex-servicepeople by pledging to acknowledge and understand those who serve or who have served in the armed forces.

We are incredibly proud to have six veterans in employment with us, who bring vast experience to their security roles and great assistance to their colleagues. One such employee is Raymond Harrison, who is the security officer at Hazel Court Eco Depot. Ray has applied his extensive knowledge from a distinguished career in the armed forces to his role here and we are grateful he is part of our team. Read about his Gough and Kelly journey here.

Gough and Kelly policies have been written to make sure we treat ex-servicepeople and their families fairly and respectfully. We actively encourage staff to become reservists or cadet volunteers and offer additional assistance to employees that do so. We also allow service people to have short notice leave and extra holidays for their armed forces commitments.

It is important to us to also support the veteran community, outside of the workplace. Last year, we contributed funds to the Victoria Cross Trust for the cleaning and restoring of the graves of soldiers who earned the prestigious Victoria Cross through acts of extreme bravery. The VCT was able to care for the graves of Butler VC and Poulter VC which are located near our premises in Leeds.

We will continue to support our ex-service people and any future veterans who wish to join our team and, moving forwards, we will further strengthen our commitment to the armed forces.

To find out more about our vacancies, and working at Gough and Kelly, please visit Working at Gough & Kelly (gough-kelly.co.uk)