Sheffield firm honoured for military support

Business Secretary Vince Cable MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, pictured with Past Master Cutler Christopher Jewitt, during a visit to The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre last year.

Business Secretary Vince Cable MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, pictured with Past Master Cutler Christopher Jewitt, during a visit to The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre last year.

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A Sheffield business is one of just 10 across Yorkshire and the Humber - out of 500 nominated - to win a new national award for supporting the Reserve Forces.

Footprint Tools received a Silver Award under the Government’s Employer Recognition Scheme for valuing the standards of the armed forces and helping ex-regulars and reservists in the workplace.

Chairman Christopher Jewitt said: “We’re delighted and hope it sets an example to other companies.

“In my experience it’s a win-win situation, the military is one of the best training organisations in the world.

“Their people are health and safety and first aid trained.

“They come with a ‘can do’ attitude, a great work ethic and they turn up on time.”

The company would favour a reservist for a job if two candidates were of equal merit and would give them time off, not make them take holidays, to go on exercises, he added.

Mr Jewitt said his support for the military stemmed from his time as Master Cutler. He had organised evenings for SME employers in partnership with the 38 Signals Regiment based at Manor Top.

“We as a company have tried to encourage others to adopt similar policies.”

The 15-strong firm is based on Penistone Road, Owlerton.

A certificate signed by the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff was presented by the UK’s most senior reservist, Major General John Crackett, at a special ceremony at Imphal Barracks in York.

He said: “I am delighted to be celebrating the tremendous levels of support these firms give the Reserve Forces and, in particular, their understanding that reservists are a great asset to their workforce.”