AS THE finishing touches are made to the A21 road dualling project, there is one detail that is helping to transform lives.
Fifty-seven of the signs running along the Tonbridge to Pembury road have been created by the team at Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company [BBMC], a social enterprise that employs veterans of the British Armed Forces and their families and dependents, as well as those with a disability or health condition.
Producing goods for both the public and private sector, the 120-strong group generated a turnover of £5million last year, and last month secured a multi-million-pound contract to become the sole provider of signage for Network Rail.
Based in Aylesford, it is run by the military charity Royal British Legion Industries, which was established in 1919. Although separate to the Royal British Legion, both organisations share an ethos of supporting the Armed Forces community.
Tonbridge & Malling MP Tom Tugendhat said: “As a veteran myself, I understand how some service leavers can find the transition to civilian life difficult. Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company helps veterans to overcome this by providing them with work in their factories, enabling them to use the skills they learned in the Forces in a commercial work environment.
“I’ve visited their factories and seen the extraordinary individuals that produce their wide range of products. I would urge any business to buy from Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company.”