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Holly Ferneyhough, Atalian Servest Business Support Manager, and former Lance Corporal of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, with His Majesty King Charles III.

Atalian Servest renews pledge to the Armed Forces Covenant

The global FM service provider has renewed its pledge to the Armed Forces Covenant to demonstrate its commitment and support to UK military personnel and veterans.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise that those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, will be treated fairly in society.

As a signatory of the Covenant, the company has committed to supporting its employees as reservists and veterans, recognising the unique skills and experiences that they bring to the organisation in the security, cleaning, catering, engineering, projects, integrated solutions and central support teams.

Tom Copsey, Head of Recruitment, said: “Atalian Servest is proud to be an active recruiter of ex-forces personnel and has a large ex-forces contingency throughout the business, across security, IT, project management, catering, electrical engineering, logistics and administration.”

Holly Ferneyhough, Business Support Manager, is a former Lance Corporal of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps who served two tours in Afghanistan, joined Atalian Servest six years ago. She said: “Coming out of the Forces and joining Atalian has been a very positive experience and the Atalian Servest ‘family’ has supported me in the development of my career in facilities management. The training and assistance they have delivered have had a major impact in my transition to civilian life after eight years in the Army.”

Jez Dyer, Regional Operations Manager, is a former member of the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment who served on operational tours in Sierra Leone, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. Dyer joined Atalian Servest in the summer of 2021. He said: “A lot of my colleagues at Atalian Servest are from the veteran community which means there is a familiar ethos and approach to work in the business and that all important sense of humour is ever present.

“It is a large organisation with a great deal of learning, development, and career opportunities. I have been in the business just over a year now, it has been interesting, challenging and rewarding and I work with a great team.”

Simon Bramwell, Events & Compliance Manager, followed his father into the Army, when he joined the 1st Battalion the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment in 1985 rising to the rank of Sergeant Major during 22 years of service. During this time Simon was deployed in Bosnia, Kosovo, Norther Ireland, the Falkland Islands, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Bramwell commented: “The advice I would give anyone thinking of leaving the military would be to look at what you have achieved and the skills you have gained as these will be used in civilian life once you leave the Army. Think about your resettlement course and consider a career that is multi-role such as FM as this gives you many options to broaden your existing skills and experience.”

Webinar: How to control the flow of people and parcels through your facility – 23 November at 11am

According to Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index, worldwide parcel volume is likely to double in the next five years, with the UK showing the highest increase in carrier revenue of all 13 countries in the Index.

Alongside a huge uptake in the volume of parcel volume and spend, post pandemic, the adoption of hybrid working patterns means that FMs need to find ways to enable staff to book / host collaborative meetings in available workspaces and to find desk, office and parking spaces by utilising automation and data capture to enable site governance.

Yet a recent survey by FMJ in partnership with Pitney Bowes found that 20 per cent of recipients are still using manual paper-based visitor systems, which doesn’t fit with their top priority – to maintain a safe and operational environment.

This overwhelming reliance on paper-based systems is causing many respondents bottlenecks, resulting in a lack of efficiently in logging and tracking packages and people coming into the organisation.

In this webinar, Gary Abbott Director of Business Development and Stuart Bushaway, Head of Dealers Operations and FM Relationships at Pitney Bowes will outline the main findings of the two surveys and what this could mean for FMs, followed by a discussion, chaired by FMJ Editor Sara Bean with a panel of thought leaders into the solutions available to meet these challenges.

Register for the webinar here.

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