Leading social enterprise creating employment opportunities for injured, wounded and sick veterans
RBLI, 20th April 2016, Aylesford – On 20th April 2016, Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) launched its manufacturing division as Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company. Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company is the nation’s leading social enterprise that creates employment opportunities for injured ex-Forces personnel, allowing them to use the skills they learned in the Armed Forces and giving them independence in civilian life.
Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company is a thriving social enterprise at the heart of British manufacturing, providing signage (including highways and railways), print, mail and fulfilment to businesses, from Network Rail to infrastructure company Amey. By working with Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, businesses and organisations achieve Social Value and fulfil their commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, as well as delivering against their CSR objectives in the course of their every day operations.
To celebrate the launch of Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, RBLI is hosted an event in the Churchill Room at the House of Commons. The evening saw representatives of Government and industry together, including Network Rail’s national supply chain managing director, Nick Elliott, who spoke about what Social Value means to Network Rail, and Tom Tugendhat MBE MP. Attendees also heard from members of BBMC’s workforce, many of whom were injured in service. All have overcome significant obstacles to get back into work and have had their lives transformed through sustainable employment.
RBLI has been manufacturing products since the end of World War I, when injured soldiers returned home and wanted something to keep them productive during their recovery. They began by making wooden products and have since expanded into printing, mailing solutions, and manufacturing signs, as well as offering a wide range of fulfilment services for organisations. As they’ve continued to grow the range of products and services that we offer, they’ve also expanded our support to people outside the Armed Forces community, including people with disabilities and health conditions. Revenue generated from Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company’s products and services is fed back to its beneficiaries, creating more jobs and providing employees with more training. The Social Enterprise also raises awareness of RBLI’s employability courses, such as LifeWorks and LifeWorks Families, as well as its housing services for the Armed Forces community.
Geoff Streetley, Director of Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, says: “Over many years, our Social Enterprise has gone from strength to strength and is now a thriving and successful organisation, thanks mainly to people like you who have supported us in so many ways. It is an important time for Social Enterprises as Social Value is fast moving into a mainstream subject, which is brilliant as it means that we can continue to keep supporting our ex-servicemen and women as they adjust to civilian life.”
Steve, who was on the Sir Galahad on the day the Argentine planes bombed it, and who struggled with his injuries and getting back into civilian life, says: “When I was discharged from the Army in the 1980s there was no training, no counselling, no support. I found it difficult to adjust to civilian life. In the Army, you know you’re surrounded by mates you can rely on to watch your back – the camaraderie is next to none. But there was none of that once I was back home – just a big open space. After meeting with RBLI and getting a job at Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, I re-found my purpose and feel I have become part of the family. I couldn’t ask for anything more from RBLI.”
Nick Elliott MBE, Managing Director of National Supply Chain, Network Rail says: “We are proud to purchase signs from Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company. By doing so we know that we are not only investing in high quality, competitively priced products for our network, but that we are also investing in the continued employment of ex-Forces personnel. We are delighted that, as a business, we can give back to those who have given so much for their country.”
Tom Tugendhat MBE MP, says: “I am proud to support the work of Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company in providing employment to ex-Forces personnel. As a veteran myself, I understand how some service leavers can find the transition to civilian life difficult. Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company helps Veterans to overcome this by providing them with work in their factories, enabling them to use the skills they learned in the Forces in a commercial work environment.
“I’ve visited their factories and seen the extraordinary individuals that produce their wide range of products. I would urge any business to buy from Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company.”
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About Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company’s factories:
Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company is the nation’s leading Social Enterprise in providing employment to ex-Forces personnel. The Social Enterprise provides ex-Forces personnel with work, allowing them to use the skills they learned in the Armed Forces while enabling them to maintain their independence on civvy street.
BBMC delivers Social Value by providing ex-Forces personnel and people with disabilities with work in the UK’s manufacturing industry, providing high quality and cost competitive products and services. This allows businesses and organisations to deliver on their commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and their CSR objectives.
Operating factories in Kent and Surrey, BBMC provides everything from high quality Print & Mail to Signs, Wooden Pallets and a range of Fulfilment Services for a range of organisations in the private, public and charitable sectors.
BBMC Signs – BBMC is a leading national provider of Rail Signs, DFT compliant Road Signs, and offers quality Commercial Signs to private and public sector organisations.
BBMC Print & Mail – BBMC delivers high quality Print and Mail Services, including business cards, banners and a range of other marketing material.
BBMC Fulfilment – BBMC provides a range of Fulfilment Services, including pick and pack, assembly and e-commerce fulfilment solutions.
Wooden Products – BBMC provides top quality and competitively priced Wooden Pallets and Fruit Bins to customers across the South of England.