Military host business lunch at secret
ON Wednesday, 24 January 2018, the North
West Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association, the organisation which supports
and promotes the Reserves and the Cadet organisations in the region, is hosting
a Liverpool Chamber of Commerce business lunch at Liverpool War Museum.
The museum is based in the historic City Centre bunker which housed the
headquarters to the:- "Western Approaches" during the 2nd World War,
coordinating the Battle of the Atlantic which proved vital to the allied
Guests at the lunch will be hosted by representatives of the Royal Navy, Army
and Royal Air Force; the 1st time since 1945 that all 3 Services have
been present within the building.
In the summer of 2017 the selection of Liverpool as the nation's host for Armed Forces Day
celebrated the City's proud history of support to the Armed Forces.
This support comprises not only the stalwart role that the City played during
the 2nd World War and the Battle of the Atlantic, but also the support local
businesses give to serving men and women, the Cadet organisations and veterans.
During the lunch representatives of local businesses will hear talks from the
museum and from Liverpool City Council, who were recently presented a:- Gold
Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Award for their support to the Armed Forces
Community in Liverpool.
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme was launched to recognise those
employers who support Defence objectives and encourage others to do the same.
The support of local businesses is vital to Defence objectives, while Defence
can provide businesses with access to the skills, training, experience and ethos
serving and former service men and women bring to the civilian workplace.
Commodore Phil Waterhouse, Commander Naval Regional Headquarters Northern
England, said:- "We are greatly looking forward to welcoming the Liverpool
business community to such an historic and significant venue. Liverpool has such
close bonds, both past and present, with the Armed Forces, and the City
continues to provide great support to our wider community of serving men and
women, veterans and the Cadet organisations. This lunch gives us an opportunity
to explain to local organisations the value of the relationship between the
Services and the business community."
Paul Cherpeau, Chief Executive Liverpool
Chamber of Commerce, said:- "It is a great privilege to welcome our
business guests to the Liverpool War Museum, a mere stone's throw away from the
Chamber itself, to hear from representatives of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal
The Chamber in Liverpool played a key role during both World Wars for the
recruitment of volunteers to the war effort and the provision of business
intelligence and information to ensure the wheels of commerce continued to turn.
This event provides a great opportunity to promote the work of the Reserves
Forces and Cadets Association and in particular the Defence Employer Recognition
Scheme. A century on from the end of the 1st World War and the Chamber's
subsequent campaigns to encourage the re-employment of returning soldiers from
the battlefield; it is fitting that we once again advocate the support of
business to our defence services."