Firm’s honour for supporting reserve forces

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MILITARY chiefs have praised a Sheffield company for supporting its staff who are members of the reserve armed forces.

Office supplies company Vasanta, which has a base at the Europa Link business park, was handed a certificate of support – one of only 80 presented each year.

Sandra Charles, Vasanta’s HR manager, said: “We are delighted to be recognised in this way and very proud to be supporting reserve forces.

“Not only do reservists provide a vital role in our armed forces, but we and our employees also benefit enormously from the skills they learn, particularly in decision-making, leadership and team work.”

Vasanta has allowed its staff to serve as reservists for the last 20 years.

The certificate – signed by the Chief of the Defence staff, General Sir David Richards, and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond – was presented by Richard Lenton, director of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers campaign.

Mr Lenton said: “Becoming a reservist can benefit businesses by developing vital skills.”