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Secretary of State for Defence announces X-Forces Gold Award Winners

The ministry of defence recently announced the new winners of the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards, its highest badge of honour for organisations which have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrated outstanding support for those who serve and have served.

We are delighted to have been recognised for our support for the Armed Forces Community and are humbled to be in the company of this year’s award winners!

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Take part in our self-employment research project

The motivations and experiences of ex-Service personnel, Reservists and military spouses in self-employment have been historically under-researched. That’s why Forces in Mind Trust commissioned Warwick Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick QinetiQ and X-Forces to undertake an ambitious research project, so we can understand what more can be done to support the Armed Forces Community in their pursuit of self-employment.

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31 August – Self-Employment Discovery: London

SERVICE LEAVERS // VETERANS // FAMILIES // SPOUSES // RESERVISTS // CADETS
DISCOVER SELF-EMPLOYMENT AND BUSINESS START-UP!
Whether you’ve already started working on your business idea, or are just considering self-employment, why not come along to our business workshop and meet like-minded people.
This practical workshop will take you through the pros and cons of self-employment, giving you information to decide if starting a business is right for you.

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6 September 2017 – Business Start-up Workshop for Naval families: Portsmouth

NAVAL FAMILIES – GIVE YOUR SKILLS AND VALUES THE BUSINESS EDGE

Whether you’ve already started working on your business idea or just considering self-employment, why not come along this X-Forces business workshop and meet like-minded people.

This practical workshop will equip you with the relevant information needed to decide if self-employment is right for you.

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13 September 2017 – Business Start-up Workshop for Naval families: Portsmouth

NAVAL FAMILIES – GIVE YOUR SKILLS AND VALUES THE BUSINESS EDGE

Whether you’ve already started working on your business idea or just considering self-employment, why not come along this X-Forces business workshop and meet like-minded people.

This practical workshop will equip you with the relevant information needed to decide if self-employment is right for you.

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Soldiering On Awards hold 2018 launch at MoD and announce X-Forces Partnership

Soldiering On Awards are delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 Awards – which this year will include 3 exciting new business categories in partnership with X-Forces. The official launch took place at a recent reception held at MoD Main Building, Whitehall. It was sponsored by Thales UK and had Awards Patron the Rt Hon Earl Howe PC, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Minister of State for Defence in attendance.

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X-Forces reaches milestone: 1,000 small military businesses supported!

X-Forces is proud to announce that it has officially broken another glass ceiling, having supported 1,000 entrepreneurs, and lent over £9M in seed capital to help veterans and their families start their own businesses.

X-Forces 1,000th Success Story: Lee Harris-Hamer

The 1,000th recipient of X-Forces’ support, Lee is the owner of White Horse Cleaning Company Limited based in in Thirsk, North Yorkshire

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Armed Forces Organisations Join Forces to Celebrate the Best in Business!

In 2016, RAF veteran Steve arrived for the first day of a Business Experience programme hoping to turn his part-time massage work into a business he could be proud of, Steve lost his vision in 2004.

Steve defines the character and values of our Armed Forces, he has never given up and has completed 10 triathlons since accepting his sight loss. He has never lost his entrepreneurial motivation and he was determined to become self-sufficient again professionally as well as physically.

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Businesses Big and Small Back Armed Forces Entrepreneurs

Ahead of National Armed Forces Day in Liverpool

Start-up businesses and large national organisations came together at Liverpool today, in the lead up to National Armed Forces Day, to celebrate entrepreneurship within the Armed Forces community locally and nationally.

Amongst the sponsors were NatWest and The Military Mutual, who were hosted by Liverpool City Council, all coming together to support X-Forces beneficiaries. Three of these entrepreneurs included a former Royal Marine, RAF and Royal Navy family member that have launched businesses here in the Liverpool area.

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Big Business is Getting Behind Military-owned Start-ups and Scale-ups in the UK

It’s not often that a small business owner gets to meet the Managing Director of a FTSE250 who could turn out to be a potential client, but this is exactly what happened when Royal Navy Veteran Kevin Bath joined X-Forces Big Business supporting Small Business campaign.

This introduction between a small business and the bigger industry players encapsulates what Big Business supporting Small Business means, and was the driving force behind Lord Young’s, Ren Kapur’s and X-Forces initiative that was launched on the 9th May.

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