Tuesday 29th October 2019

X-Forces Enterprise Launches Military in Business® Podcast on Sixth Anniversary today (29 Oct).

Founded in 2013, X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) continues to lead the way as the UK’s largest provider of self-employment and enterprise training for the Armed Forces community.

Hear about XFE’s positive impact on those transitioning from the Armed Forces, supporting their ongoing contribution to the economy and society, through the voices and stories of XFE beneficiaries in the launch of a new Podcast and Vlogs series. This unique series brings out the illuminating and inspiring personal stories behind some of the highlights of the last six years, outlined below:

  • 1725 business owners supported with launch and growth aspirations
  • £16 Million of seed funding as official partner of the Government’s Start Up Loans Scheme
  • UK-leading 93% success rate of micro-financing
  • 29% female members: exceeding the UK national average for women in enterprise
  • 13% spouses supported within 2018/19 year.

Hear from:

  • PJ Farr, UK Connect; the former soldier that built a multi-million-pound communications firm.
  • Hannah Saunders, Toddle Born Wild; RAF service-leaver and spouse whose family’s love of the outdoors led to spotting a gap for toddlers’ skin protection.
  • John Geden, Sinah Common Honey; Royal Military Police Officer who channelled his rehabilitation and bee-keeping hobby into a business.
  • Nigel Seaman, Combat2Coffee; ethical coffee business that helps others who may need support.
  • David Smith, CrossFit Spitfire: RAF veteran who took his passion for fitness and created a community-based fitness studio.

Ren Kapur MBE Interview: The series starts with an interview with Ren Kapur sharing her personal journey and how this shaped her joint passions for enterprise and the Armed Forces community.

Lt Col Ren Kapur MBE said:

“It has been a privilege to spend time with our beneficiaries recording their stories and my own.  There is a unique thread in each story; how the ethos, skills and attributes developed in service are equally relevant in supporting life into work after service. I am proud that over six years XFE’s collaborative model, mirroring the Armed Forces bond of community and shared values through our on-going hand rail of support, continues to safeguard the highest outcomes in enterprise, with results unmatched throughout the UK.”

Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham CH said:

“Over the past few decades the economy has become a small firms’ economy and this plays right into the strengths of many of our beneficiaries who are taking advantage of the help we can give them to work for themselves. It is wonderful to hear in the podcasts how their enterprise achievements have also led to personal fulfilment for them and their families and the economy as a whole. I’m sure their stories will be an inspiration to many. I also thank Ren Kapur for sharing her personal story, providing insight into the passion and drive behind the ground-breaking organisation that I am proud to be patron of.”

See XFE’s 2018/19 Activity Report for all the information about this year’s performance.

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