Business networking for the Armed Forces community

The Forces Enterprise Network (FEN), Recruit for Spouses and Evolution Forces Families have collaborated to develop anew social enterprise ‘Forces Enterprise Network Hub’ which aims to provide business networking support for the ‘whole’ Armed Forces Community.

We recognise that developing anetwork of people who both support and understand the challenges you face in running a business, often juggling family and living an Armed Forces lifestyle is difficult. For many us no sooner have we become settled in one area we are on the move again and with it the business you have started or hoped to. Having anetwork of people you can engage with to sound out ideas, meet potential customers, gain market research or simply to have someone to listen to you is vital for both your personal and business development.

FEN Hub was founded on the back of good networking and the meeting of three businesses that share the common

aim to support Armed Forces families in their careers and enterprise. We bring together apassion for business, experience in recruitment, knowledge of financial services and expertise in business networking to the defence community and in particular we encourage spouses and their families to start-up and grow their business ideas.

We believe it is important to have good connections and support networks that you can access both locally as well as online. FEN Hub has encouraged the start-up of localised networking groups within military locations with the aim to bring together members of the Armed Forces community from across the services wishing to start up or develop their businesses.

Christine Dedman from the Forces Enterprise Network Hub says; “Networking can be daunting but for those of us who live amilitary lifestyle, meeting new people and joining new communities is part of our every day

life. Many of us will need to move our businesses when we are posted so becoming known in new areas and building anew client base is always going to be achallenge. However,networking for our business also gives us achance to meet new friends, likeminded people from both within our military circles and our local communities.

“Networking will give you the chance to get out there and talk about your business, something that nobody knows more about than you. Networking is therefore great for building your personal confidence and helping you to make social connections that support you in all aspects of your business development. Our groups are welcoming and supportive and offer varied possibilities for both face to face and online meetings via our closed Facebook page”.

FEN Hub has anumber of established networking groups across MOD bases in the UK and we are developing them overseas.

24 Envoy

Spring 2017

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