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.
With the support of X-Forces and his wife Pippa, Steve has found new motivation to take his business to the next level and has rejuvenated his marketing, services and business confidence. This achievement is something to be celebrated, and up until now a gap had become clear for an Awards that celebrates being the best in business, for those that have given so much to our country.
X-Forces and The Soldiering On Awards announced last night that they will be officially partnering to introduce three new categories to the Soldiering On Awards 2018.
The launch of the 2018 Awards took place at a reception at MoD Main Building, Whitehall, sponsored by Thales and with Awards Patron the Rt Hon Earl Howe PC, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Minister of State for Defence.
The three X-Forces Business Awards will celebrate armed forces businesses within three areas; those who have started their journey, those who are scaling up their businesses and those who have made an impact on the community.
X-Forces CEO, Ren Kapur said, “The Soldiering On Awards provide an instrumental platform to celebrate the success of our armed forces community across many sectors. In launching the X-Forces Business Awards, in partnership with Soldiering On Awards, we are recognising the courage and skills of individuals from the armed forces community who have taken the leap into entrepreneurship.
“It was fantastic to reminisce with the Secretary of State for Defence, Sir Fallon supported us to change policy for start-up funding during his role a Business, Innovation and Skills and here we are today with 1000 businesses supported.”
Get involved: If you would like to put your business forward or nominate an entrepreneur/ business owner for next year’s Awards, entries will open in early July via the Soldiering On Awards website.
Find out more: You can find out more about X-Forces and the Soldiering On Awards online at www.soldieringon.org.