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FDM supports Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day

11-05-2014 06:49 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

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Leading IT employer and Armed Forces friendly organisation, FDM Group supported Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day (LPD) on Thursday 30th October with its own Corporate Office Collection Team.

The team, which consisted of six uniformed military personnel, representatives from the British Legion and Barclaycard as well as FDM Ex-Forces Consultants and employees, conducted a tour of the FDM office to sell poppies and collect donations before joining collection teams around the city.

FDM’s Chief of Staff for the Ex-Forces Programme, Will Eeles, has been a volunteer on LPD for the past five years and introduced the event to FDM.
Will Eeles said, “FDM is committed to supporting ex-Forces personnel through their transition from the Forces to the commercial world. I am proud of the success we have achieved so far and it’s great to get our Consultants involved with the Poppy Appeal this year.”

LPD is a relatively new event to the Royal British Legion’s calendar following its creation just eight years ago when a small group of ex-military friends decided to pin on their medals and sell poppies over their lunch breaks around Lloyds of London. Two hours and £500 later they realised the great potential and LPD was born.

LPD volunteers, both serving members of the British Armed Forces and veterans, sold poppies across the city at key transport hubs, in corporate offices and in specific tourist spots to raise money for the annual Poppy Appeal. The total raised this year broke the £1 million record of 2013.

FDM’s UK Ex-Forces Programme, launched earlier this year, has offered ex-Forces personnel the opportunity to begin a new career in IT and Project Management. The programme provides personnel with award-winning training in a number of disciplines both business and technically focused, followed by commercial experience enabling a smooth transition into a corporate environment. Since its inception over 40 ex-Forces personnel have been placed with FDM’s clients.

For more information about FDM’s Ex-Forces Programme, visit

About FDM Group
FDM is one of Europe’s fastest growing international IT companies. It is well known for its unique training programme that has offered thousands of individuals the opportunity to kick-start their career in technology and business. The company specialises in providing clients with Consultants trained in core IT disciplines: business analysis, software development, data services, system testing and quality assurance and production support.

FDM provides high-value, cost-effective and low risk IT services to over 130 clients worldwide to help them achieve specific business objectives within various sectors, including financial services, media, retail and insurance. The award-winning firm enjoys a number of strategic partnerships with leading global technology players.

About FDM’s Ex-Forces Programme
FDM’s Ex-Forces Programme focuses on transforming ex-Servicemen and women into IT and business professionals. The programme is specifically designed to provide expertise, training and commercial experience, bridging the gap between the Forces and the corporate world. With a team of ex-members of the Armed Forces leading the programme, FDM is in a unique position to understand and interpret the career history of our ex-Forces Consultants. As a result, we are able to recognise the transferable skills of ex-Forces personnel and identify those who have the skills and potential to excel within our clients’ organisations.

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