Alternative Venues London (AVL) is the dedicated venue hire department within the Greater London RFCA. We are a non-profit organisation which generates additional funding by hiring out Military Venues in London. With 39 Reserve Forces and 75 cadet sites spread across London available for commercial venue hire, the money generated by AVL is put directly back into supporting Reservists and Cadets.

Our facilities are affordable and secure, with an amazing combination of outdoor and indoor spaces, perfect for Conferences, Meetings, Corporate Events, Exhibitions, Training, Team Building and Private Events.

If your business has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and has been recognised by the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), your company may be eligible for a discount when hiring spaces with AVL.

Find out more here: www.alternativevenues.co.uk

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP): We are the MoD’s official provider of Armed Forces resettlement. Every year, over 14,000 individuals leave the Armed Forces. They are of widely different ages and have a range of qualifications and experience. We provide resettlement services to all leavers of the Armed Forces, and with almost 20 years’ experience in helping individuals make the transition from the military to civilian life, we’re well placed to connect you with the right candidates for your positions.

Our organisation also works collaboratively with the RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity, so we’re in the unique position of knowing exactly what’s required in the world of work, as well as understanding the needs of our Service leaver candidates. Crucially, due to our partnership with the Ministry of Defence, we’re government funded which allows us to provide you with our recruitment service and the expertise we offer, completely free of charge.

Find out more here: https://www.ctp.org.uk/

Cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charities, provides a single point of contact for interaction with Government, including local government and the Devolved Administrations; with the Royal Household; with the Private Sector; and, of course, with other members of the Armed Forces Community. This allows Cobseo Members to interact with all interested parties and cooperate and collaborate with others in order to provide the best possible level of support to beneficiaries. 

Find out more here: https://www.cobseo.org.uk/

Recent Tri-Service research conducted by Warwick Institute for Employment Research resulted in a key recommendation, the need to create a central portal for employment and training opportunities for military spouses and family members.   

We know that being a military family member often means moving with your service person, gaps in your CV and regularly changing jobs and/or career. We also know you have a wealth of knowledge, skills, expertise and work ethic to share with employers! We have ensured that all employers who advertise on our site have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. You can find their profiles within the ‘Employers Directory’ section, where they explain their individual commitment to being forces family friendly. The website also showcases a range of training and career development opportunities for forces family members. Who is eligible? Spouses and partners of currently serving and reserve personnel, and adult children (aged 18 – 25) and spouses and partners of service personnel who have left the Armed Forces within the last 12 months, and adult children (18 – 25).

Find out more here: https://www.forcesfamiliesjobs.co.uk/

The Gold Award Association was launched in 2016 by gold Award winning employers to connect and energise the growing community of the Armed Forces-friendly organisations across the UK. It is a network of Gold Award holders, with the aims of providing an independent, collective voice to Defence on people matters; to mentor and inspire other employers and to develop and share best practice. These aims are achieved through a network of regional employer groups and national special interest groups, which are coordinated by volunteer employer representatives and closely linked with the Reserve Forces and Cadets Associations. The GAA’s aims and activities are overseen by a national Steering Group consisting of elected employer representatives and co-opted members from Defence.

Find out more here: https://ersmenuofbenefits.com/gold/ 

SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, provides lifelong support to serving men and women and veterans and their families and dependents. Anyone who is currently serving or has ever served and their families is eligible for SSAFA’s help. SSAFA’s professional staff and network of 7,000 volunteers assist more than 90,000 people every year, from WWII veterans to the families of young servicemen and women wounded or killed in Afghanistan. Founded in 1885, SSAFA is the UK’s oldest national tribe-sevrice Armed Forces charity.

Find our more here: https://www.ssafa.org.uk/

The RAF Families Federation provides all RAF personnel and their families – Regular and Reserve, single or married – with timely and professional support, assistance and an independent voice regarding issues or concerns that they may have.

Find out more here: www.raf-ff.org.uk

RFEA The Forces Employment Charity exists to provide life-long, life-changing support, job opportunities, and training to Service leavers, veterans, reservists and their families, irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving.

Founded in 1885 and operating across the UK, we have the specialist knowledge and understanding to bridge the gap between military life and civilian employment. We work in partnership with other organisations and employers who, like us, respect and value the unique qualities and abilities of all those who have served.

Find out more here: https://www.rfea.org.uk/

The Royal Air Force Reserves consists of over 2600 committed individual reservists, who give up their spare time to train and serve alongside the Regular Royal Air Force. They receive the same world class training and develop the same skills as their regular counterparts, which means they receive the same world class training and develop the same exacting high standards. Training takes place throughout the year, much of which can directly benefit the employer when they return to their civilian jobs. With 30 squadrons and units located throughout the UK and offering over 40 challenging and exciting roles, the Royal Air Force Reserves make up a significant element of the nation’s defence capacity and are called upon as individuals for their specialist skills or as ready formed units when required. Royal Air Force Reservists are currently supporting operations worldwide as well as making vital contribution here in the UK.

Contact: mark.dover323@mod.gov.uk

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is a dynamic and independent business network with Accredited Chambers in every nation and region of the UK, and in key markets around the world. The BCC is an authentic voice for British business and a leading commentator on the UK economy, drawing on a powerful network that represents business interests in Westminster, Brussels, and in every part of the UK. Accredited Chambers sit at the heart of local business communities, helping thousands of companies – of every size and sector – to grow and thrive. Together with our fast-growing global network, Chambers provide practical advice and support to British companies trading around the world.