Atos UK & Ireland support Armed Forces community

23 June 2015

Atos UK & Ireland has signed the Corporate Covenant, pledging its support to the UK Armed Forces community. The consulting firm will support the Forces in a number of ways, including through the recruitment of veterans across the United Kingdom.

Corporate Covenant
The Corporate Covenant, which complements the Armed Forces Covenant and the Community Covenant, sets out the moral obligation businesses have towards members of the armed forces community. In addition, the Covenant provides a mechanism for businesses and charitable organisations to express their support for members of the armed forces community.

The Covenant relies on two key principles: No member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen; In some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured or bereaved.

Corporate Govenant

In line with its ambition to support the UK Armed Forces, Atos signed the Corporate Covenant. The agreement will see the consulting firm support the Forces in a number of ways, including by promote itself as an Armed Forces-friendly organisation*, offering jobs to young, old and injured veterans across the UK through its Career Transition Partnership and Recovery Career Services. To find the recruits, the firm will attend several of the military sponsored job fairs.

The firm will also support spouses in the workforce with increased flexibility and granting them leave before, during and after their partner’s deployment, and by accommodating employees that want to become a member of the Reserve Forces in their training and deployment, as well as granting them additional paid leave to attend training courses.

Atos signed the Corporate Covenant

From left to right: Graeme Hood, Project Manager Atos and also an Army Reservist; Joe Hemming, Chief Operating Officer Atos; Robin Stiff, Senior Project Manager Atos and also a Corporal in the Army Reserve; and Trevor Winn-Morgan, Head of Operational Assurance Atos.

Commenting on the agreement, Lieutenant Colonel John Godfery, commanding officer at The Royal Wessex Yeomanry, says: “It is vitally important that we recognise those who lay their lives on the line in the service of their Country and do everything possible to assist them to help us. It is both exciting and rewarding to see Atos UK leading the way in acknowledging the immense benefits that Reservists and former service personnel can bring to the private sector and therefore a genuine honour to co-sign Atos UK’s Corporate Covenant with them at The Tank Museum today.”

* Professionals services firms EY also recently became an Armed Forces-friendly organisation, recruiting veterans for its programme in the UK. Deloitte too has its own Military Transition and Talent Programme.



Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now,, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”