Military in Business® Virtual Networking Event with Swoop

22 February 2024 at 18:00 – 19:30

Why attend?

Military in Business® Virtual Networking Event

This month, XFE has launched its Business Finance Platform, which allows business owners to know all their options for funding their growth ambitions, across equity, grants and loans. The platform is powered by global fintech Swoop, a safe and regulated partner, and developed to support Armed Forces entrepreneurs to save time and energy searching multiple providers. A guestspeaker, Tom is based in the London team at Swoop and has been collaborating with XFE on the platform for over a year. Tom will explain how the new platform works and the benefits for the user in finding matches for their business in one fell swoop!

What to expect?

  • You will be greeted by the hosts as you join the main room.
  • All attendees will be then separated to the breakout rooms to be able to introduce themselves and discuss in smaller groups.
  • Few members of each group will be mixed after certain time to create fresh environment for networking.
  • You can always return to the main room if you are experiencing technical issues, we will be happy to guide you back to the breakout room.
  • During the networking evening while you are in the main room, you can place your contact details to the group chat (for example website, email, LinkedIn, etc.). All attendees are able to save the chat in the end of event.


XFE East Midlands Ambassador, Jen Bradburn

Jen went into business with the desire to make SEO accessible for sole traders and micro-businesses. Having worked in the web space for twenty years, she is an experienced digital marketer and has experience in planning, designing, creating, and optimising websites over a variety of industry sectors.

As a small business owner herself, Jen is keen to give small business owners and start-ups the tools they need to succeed from day one.

Equity Account Manager at Swoop, Tom Butterworth

As an Equity Account Manager at Swoop, Tom works within the London team and helps find funding solutions for startups. Tom has previous experience in Account Management and is passionate about helping Swoop’s customers achieve their goals.

X-Forces Learning, Development and Community Events Manager, Douglas Thomson

Dougie has 27 years of military experience in the Army. Prior to Joining XFE, Dougie worked for 6 years with over 2000 Wounded, Injured and Sick serving personnel, veterans and their families. He has also run his own business. As Learning, Development and Community Events Manager he manages all training events and supports other events across X-Forces, including Soldiering On Awards. He is keen to continue to engage with the military network to ensure that what we produce is current and relevant.

Am I eligible?

This event is available for the following individuals (aged over 18):


Please contact us via email if you are interested to join this event but you do not meet our eligibility criteria. We can point you to the right direction and present options.

Do I need to prepare anything prior to the event?

If you have not already done so, please first sign up to the XFE Knowledge Exchange Hub here. This will give you exclusive and confidential access to business information, free events and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange within the network.

How to connect?

In order to participate on this virtual networking event, you will need a personal laptop or tablet with webcam and microphone enabled, and a stable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps spare bandwidth and a fixed, quiet environment. The workshop will be hosted using Zoom, and you can join via most browsers, or use the Zoom app. As this is a networking event it is expected that both video and voice will be enabled.

You will be emailed Zoom link on the day to be able to join this free event.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you do not hear from us by 1 PM, alternatively please check your spam/junk folder in your email inbox.

Zoom Joining Instructions & Troubleshooting

  • Please start joining the event at 5:55 PM so we can ensure you have been connected.
  • Join event via Zoom link provided in email. If the link doesn’t work for any reason, please try joining by inserting Meeting ID and Passcode above.
  • Please add your full name, then you will be let in the waiting room, and someone will let you in.
  • We highly recommend downloading Zoom app to your phone, or laptop desktop prior to the event.
  • Please note some MOD / company laptops do not allow to join Zoom calls outside of the company due to security measurements. Use your personal device, such as phone, tablet, or laptop instead.

If you are experiencing any technical issues, please call 0121 724 0655 or email

Extra Details

Please note there may potentially be photos taken at the event so do contact us directly if you have any issues surrounding privacy.

The XFE Military in Business® Network is supported by The Royal British Legion.

Please contact X-Forces Events if you have any questions via phone 0121 724 0655 or email

Book your ticket here.

Our Executive Members

By @Cobseo 54 years ago

Afghanistan support

In light of recent events in Afghanistan, please find information and support resources here