Company CEO Takes On Honorary RN Role

  • Author: BRNC
  • Date: Tuesday 23rd October 2018

The Chief Executive Officer of one of the UK’s fastest growing companies has been appointed an Honorary Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy Reserve (RNR). Keith Knowles, who founded the company Beds & Bars, was given the role in recognition of his support and work for the Royal Navy. 


He recently attended a three-day induction programme at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), which provides Honorary Officers with the necessary background knowledge and key skills to undertake representative duties on behalf of the Naval Service.


During his visit, Hon Lt Cdr Knowles participated in various activities at the College including low ropes training and boat handling.  He also had the opportunity to spend time and share experiences with Officers under various stages of their training.


Hon Lt Cdr Keith Knowles said: “Meeting the people of BRNC was a humbling experience on many levels, the young cadets preparing to serve, the training team, and experienced hands of the Royal Navy all working, to keep our nation safe.   Which can only evoke thoughts of how lucky we are on this Island to have them, and how much we should value them.   I am proud beyond words to play my part in supporting the people of the Naval Service.”     


Honorary Officers of the RNR come from a variety of high-profile backgrounds across industry, sport and charitable organisations. Their role is to represent the Royal Navy through their day to day lives, including ceremonial duties.


Beds & Bars has been featured in the Sunday Times Top 100 fastest growing companies in the UK.  In 2017 Keith was awarded an OBE recognising his services to the community and charity.

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