Black Country Chamber of Commerce aims to raise the awareness of the skills and employability of our Armed Forces Community and to help with their transition into employment, business and our community within the Black Country.
Armed Forces Covenant
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. As a Chamber, we have signed the Covenant at RAF Museum Cosford, where Wing Commander Paul Bell, Commanding Officer of 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron RAuxAF and Adrian Wright, President of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce countersigned the document.
Supporting the Unsung Hero is the award winning business start-up programme from the University of Wolverhampton and Black Country Chamber of Commerce which has reached its five-year milestone, helping members of the Armed Forces community turn bright ideas into successful businesses.
The programme is open to a spouse or dependant (over the age of 16) of a Service person, Veteran or Reservist. We are also pleased to announce that we now accept applications from Armed Forces Veterans.
Sarah Walker is the Black Country Chamber of Commerce Armed Forces Covenant lead. Sarah’s engagement with MOD has resulted in the Chamber achieving their Silver Defence Employer Recognition Award. Sarah has organised a strategic working group within the Black Country, to ensure collaboration and partnership within the four local authorities, education providers, and businesses to strengthen the armed forces covenant across the area.
Sarah began working with the Armed Forces Community in 2013 with the development of ‘Supporting the Unsung Hero’ dependants business start-up programme. Sarah headed up the training and mentoring and successfully took it from a local Wolverhampton programme to an international and highly acclaimed project within the MoD and business community.
Sarah continues to project manage ‘Supporting the Unsung Hero’ and has gone on to be an ambassador for the Armed Forces Covenant within the Black Country, she also volunteers for SSAFA, supporting individuals looking to start in businesses and wider fundraising.