A Royal Marine reservist, who is an award-winning site manager at a major house builder, has been invited to London today to mark Armed Forces Week.
Dale Burrell, Bovis Homes site manager at Wootton Park, is visiting the House of Commons during Armed Forces Week
Warrant officer Dale Burrell, who works for Bovis Homes in Bedfordshire, is attending the Reserves Day Reception at the House of Commons.
Dale, who has recently been recognised for excellence in his on-site management skills with an NHBC Pride in the Job Quality award at Wootton Park in Wootton, near Bedford, will be joined by his area build director Marco Sidoli.
Dale is part of the Royal Marines Reserve City of London, and has been a reservist for nearly 30 years. He will proudly wear his military uniform at the event.
He said: "I have never been to the House of Commons, so this will be great afternoon out.
"Over the last ten years, reservists have been recognised a lot more than they were, certainly as a result of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are all part of one big family, whether you're a reserve or regular, and it now feels like that.
"Bovis Homes is the first company I have worked for that has given this level of attention to the armed forces."
The house builder selected Dale to represent the company, after it received an invite for the event from the Ministry of Defence.
Bovis Homes received the prestigious Silver Award from the Ministry of Defence Employee Recognition Scheme last year, which is presented to organisations that promote service issues, communicate positively to their staff on the Forces, and support the employment of military people.
The company is also a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise to ensure that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
Former Royal Engineer Roger Morton, head of Talent at Bovis Homes, said: "We are very proud of Dale and all those we employ who are part of the Armed Forces.
“We are honoured to be part of the Reserves Day Reception and will continue to support the military through our housing, recruitment and fundraising initiatives. Former military personnel are a great addition to any workforce and we encourage employers to recruit more – the work ethic and knowledge they bring is often unrivalled."
Bovis Homes is also taking part in the Big Brew Up 2018 this week, which will see all their regions raise money for the armed forces charity SSAFA.
The house builder offers two exclusive Armed Forces schemes to help personnel move on or up the property ladder.
The 'All Inclusive' Discount Scheme helps individuals buy a brand-new home as simply as possible. It can be combined with the Government Help to Buy - Equity Loan and the Forces Help to Buy (FHTB) initiatives, which Bovis Homes calls Trinity, and provides the ultimate home buying assistance.
These schemes can also be used separately and FHTB is only available to regular Armed Forces personnel. The discount scheme includes a price discount of £500 for every £25,000 spent on a Bovis Home, with all curtains, carpets and flooring included. Bovis Homes will also contribute £500 towards legal costs.
Armed Forces Week ends on 30th June with an official Armed Forces Day celebration in North Wales.
Events during the week include a military parade, flag-raising ceremony, sporting fixtures and a music concert.