BT Group Chairman Sir Mike Rake has co-hosted the launch of the British Army’s new leadership code at the BT Tower in London.

​He joined General Nick Carter, the chief of the general staff, to present the Army’s guidance for its leaders to the press.

Sir Mike reaffirmed our commitment to the UK’s armed forces by signing a new version of our Armed Forces Covenant. It’s a voluntary pledge to support the armed forces community, and we were one of the first businesses to sign up in 2013.

You can see the latest Covenant here.

He endorsed the leadership, knowledge, skills and experience that the military provides its people and our business puts to use.

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Sir Mike said: “We’re proud to be the largest employer of armed forces veterans and reservists in the UK.

“We support an army reserve unit, 81 Signal Squadron, which has very close links to our engineering capabilities. We recruit and employ quality individuals who can stand up and be counted within this organisation. Business desperately needs more of them.”

General Carter said: “Service leavers, veterans and reservists can bring real value to civilian employers. A partnership like the one the Army has with BT is an excellent way of maximising the potential we offer.”

BT’s support to the armed forces includes Transition Force, a programme to help service leavers and veterans find the right civilian career, and the UK’s largest Armed Forces Network.