Dewsburybased Rixonway Kitchens is showing its support for our Armed Forces by offering flexible employment for a reservist based at its Shaw Cross headquarters.
Martin Bailey works as an IT support administrator at its head office and also plays trombone in the Band of the Yorkshire Regiment.
He takes part in parades, marches, concerts, and welcome home events for troops returning from abroad.
He has played in the presentation of the colours to the Yorkshire Regiment as well as for the ColonelinChief of the regiment, Prince Andrew.
Martin, a lance corporal, is currently working towards a promotion to a full corporal by embarking on various duties and taking technical qualifications within the band.
At work in Dewsbury he supports Rixonway employees with their IT systems, servers, telephones, PCs and laptops.
The news comes as the former head of the Territorial Army, the Duke of Westminster, this week criticised British firms for discriminating against reservists by refusing to employ them because of their parttime military role.
The Government’s recent Defence Review included a reduction in the number of regulars in each service and an increase in reservists by 2020.
Since 2003 there have been over 27,000 mobilisations of working reservists. Indeed there is potential for Martin to visit serving forces to rally the troops and provide motivation. Many businesses believe that reservists are able to gain transferable skills that sometimes cannot be learnt in their own job, including reliability, fitness, selfconfidence and teamwork.
Formed in 1978, Rixonway Kitchens works solely in affordable and social housing, manufacturing 12,000 units per week and employs more than 450 people up at Shaw Cross business park.