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Supporting the Armed Forces Entrepreneurs through Self Employment

X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) is the leading provider for enterprise in the Armed Forces community and is committed to supporting military veterans, spouses and their families in enterprise. Aproud gold award holder of the Armed Forces Employers Recognition Scheme, in the last four years XFE has helped launch over 1,200 businesses and organises regular courses providing business skills and support.

RenKapur MBE, XFE CEO and Founder, believes that XFE programmes and initiatives can be life-changing for ex-service personnel and their families. “Weprovide the handrail for small, start-ups as well as guidance and help for businesses that are ready for scale- up. Our work recognises the incredible

entrepreneurial talent within the Armed Forces community and we have ongoing support from partners in Military,Corporate, Charity and Government organisations. XFE Beneficiaries get access to mentoring and those all-important business connections that emerge as aresult of their training and introductions to new networks.

Doddl is one such business. With XFE assistance for funding, Ex-RAF servicewoman and Spouse, Rosie Phelps and her sister, Catherine Dodd, designed an innovate range of children’s cutlery.Rosie said “From the start, X-Forces Enterprise showed astrong belief in me as an ex-service entrepreneur, and understood our drive and determination to succeed. Their advisors are very knowledgeable, their processes are very thorough and they take extra care in assessing whether your business is viable so they can lend responsibly.Itisfantastic that this support is available to nurture the potential that comes out of the Armed Forces.”

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Supporting The Unsung Hero

The University of Wolverhampton’s business-start up programme, ‘Supporting the Unsung Hero’, is helping spouses and dependants’ of serving Armed Forces personnel, Veterans and Reservists realise their ambition to start-up and grow asuccessful business.

‘Supporting the Unsung Hero’ is atailored business programme designed to meet the needs of Armed Forces families, and was one of the original bids to the £35 million LIBOR fund.

Since then, the course and mentoring programme has been in high demand having already been attended by 520 delegates with an expected 740 expected to complete the programme by 2021. HSBC bank recently announced it will continue to sponsor the programme enabling the delivery team at the University of Wolverhampton and Black Country Chamber of Commerce to further expand on the already award winning programme.

Courses are run throughout the UK at MOD bases from Scotland to Portsmouth and overseas in Cyprus, Belgium, Germany and Gibraltar. Mentoring and seminars are also delivered on-line via Skype or Facebook to make the course as accessible as possible and to allow for service mobility and family commitments.

Delegates are offered adedicated four-day business start-up training course, where they will learn and develop the skills required to run a

business and understand their legal, financial and tax obligations, basic record keeping, marketing and how to write that all important business plan.

Once enrolled on the course participants also benefit from aclosed online forum to encourage peer support and interaction with other delegates, some members have started local business networking groups and have formed alliances to work together and share their skills to develop new products and services.

If you have abusiness idea and need the skills and support to launch or you want to find out if running abusiness could be an opportunity for you contact the ‘Supporting the Unsung Hero’ team:

Telephone: 01902 321 272 Email: Website: |Summer 2018 | ENVOY

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