DID you know, many of the signs you use to help navigate your way around the roads of Britain are produced by an army of veterans and people with disabilities?
The signs are being worked on at Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), through its social enterprise, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (BBMC), at a factory in Kent.
Used on England’s motorways and major A-roads for National Highways, the signs are not just helping drivers but also helping veterans and disabled people.
And thanks to a new pledge from Vinci (Ringway), Amey, Colas, H W Martin, Chevron and Highway Traffic Management, the factory will be able to continue operating and supporting the people who rely on the support it provides.
Michelle Ferguson, managing director of RBLI’s social enterprises, said: “As the country faces ongoing challenges with the cost-of-living crisis, it is more important than ever that businesses come together to make meaningful choices that have a demonstrable, positive impact on people’s lives.
“This ongoing commitment from National Highways and their supply chain means we have been able to promote military veterans to more senior positions, hire more people with disabilities and for the whole of RBLI to become a real living wage employer.
“We cannot thank National Highways enough – together we will genuinely change people’s lives.”
Roads Minister, Richard Holden, said: “We owe our veterans a great debt of gratitude and we’re proud of the work National Highways is doing to boost employment opportunities through its road sign partnership.
“We have a long history of supporting those who serve in our armed forces and together with the additional £33 million funding for veteran housing and accessibility equipment, we are continuing to offer our support.”
National Highways executive director of commercial and procurement, Malcolm Dare, said it was a pleasure to help such a company while providing the vital signs.
“We’re pleased to be supporting such a great cause as they continue to produce signs that are used on our roads, and in turn helping to support the veterans and disabled people that rely on this vital work.”