Birmingham IT Support company Superfast IT has pledged to the Armed Forces Covenant – a promise that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated with fairness and respect in their communities, economy and society for which they serve with their lives.

James Cash, Founder and Managing Director at Superfast IT, has a military background, beginning his career in the British Army as Fusilier with The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers before successfully transitioning to IT.

James Cash said: “Superfast IT is proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces Community. It is with great pride that I sign the Armed Forces Covenant alongside Wing Commander Simon Briggs.

“Before I began my career in IT, I served as a soldier in The British Army. Many of the skills I learned in the military are ingrained and have contributed to the business’ ongoing success. Our business has grown by 40% in the past two years, and we continue to thrive. My military background continues to positively impact my business and personal life – my son will soon begin his career in the Army, which I am immensely proud of.

“The armed forces teaches leadership, self-sufficiency and ownership, effective communication, integrity, technology skills, teamwork and the ability to perform under pressure. Our business’ values align closely with the Armed Forces Covenant, which I believe stem from my military roots.

“I look forward to engaging and collaborating with the Armed Forces Community. We are committed to be an Armed Forces-friendly organisation and will support the employment of veterans, service leavers and family members without disadvantage.

“We will support employees who choose to join the Reserve Forces or volunteer in the military cadet organisations. It is also important for our organisation to support Armed Forces Day, Reserves Day, the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Day. It is important to give back to the community and we endeavour to fundraise for Armed Forces charities too.”

Bobby Birdi, Regional Employer Engagement Director of the West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association said: “On behalf of the Defence Relationship Management team at the Ministry of Defence, I am delighted that Superfast IT have made this public commitment of support to the Armed Forces Community.

“We thank you for raising awareness among businesses of the wealth of skills inherent in people who are leaving the military, and the opportunities for staff training and development within the Reserve Forces and Cadet Forces.”

To date more than 6500 organisations have signed the Armed Forces Covenant including businesses and charities nationwide.