Left to right: Chris Leonard, Director of C Group & MD of Edge Recruits; Paul Grecian, Chairman, Gallowglass; Colonel Jim Hutton; Paul Barton

Business School works with Royal Marines to help ex-servicemen into jobs

The Business School is the latest high profile organisation to add its support to the Royal Marines C Group.

The Group’s role is to generate targeted support from the business community for the Marines and to channel that support to wherever the need is greatest. 

In light of current operations, its focus is primarily with the injured and their families. Using his network of contacts in the events industry, Paul Barton from the Business School was able to facilitate a meeting between Colonel Jim Hutton, Chief Executive of C Group and Paul Grecian, Chairman of Gallowglass, the UK’s premier events crewing company to discuss employment opportunities for ex-Royal Marines.

Paul Barton explains further ‘Gallowglass is one of Europe’s most respected companies in the industry and is integral not only to the London 2012 games but a host of other prestigious events around the globe. During the meeting Colonel Hutton and Paul Grecian discussed different options which would help our service people, both able bodies and injured, find employment in the events industry. The meeting was extremely successful and follow up sessions are already underway.’

Colonel Jim Hutton added ‘The C Group is particularly focused on helping wounded Marines on the recovery pathway and Gallowglass is the latest in a series of businesses that have come forward to support us by offering a range of support tools. These include work placements and mentoring as well as offers of employment. ‘

In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the Business School, Paul Barton is also one of the mentors for C Group and is currently helping Captain Jon White. Captain White has had three amputations and is now hoping to forge a new career in construction project management. By building his own, specially adapted house on land he has purchased in Lympstone, Captain White is making the first step on his way to his starting his own company which will specialise in houses of this type.

Paul concludes ‘This is a great example of how working together in partnership with business and the community can reap tangible rewards for everyone involved.’

If any local business wishes to support 'The C Group' by providing their expertise and professional acumen, training or funds, please contact : Colonel Jim Hutton, Chief Executive, The C Group by email and for further information please visit the website.

Date: 27 January 2011

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