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January 15, 2019

Geordie Score! – Meet the man behind the charity changing veterans’ lives

When Tommy Lowther enrolled on the Business Experience course in 2016, run by X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) for Help for Heroes, he made an immediate impression on […]
December 20, 2018

From Combat Medic to Comedy Improv Director

Fat Penguin Improv is an improvised comedy school, delivering workshops and shows at several venues across Birmingham, primarily at the Patrick Kavanagh Pub in Moseley.  It […]
November 27, 2018

From Royal Artillery to Vehicle Arresting Barriers for Royals and Government

Roderick Burton-Chambers spent 12 years as a Bombardier in the Royal Artillery where his interest in specialist security began.  In 1990 he left the Armed Forces […]
October 29, 2018

From Military Motors to Custom Classics

  Iain ‘Fin’ Finlayson served 23 years in the British Army as a vehicle mechanic in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, for the most part […]
October 2, 2018

From Royal Guardsman to Royal Tour Guide

Former British Army Royal Guardsman, Paddy McNeill, found his business idea just beyond the wire inside which he used to serve, in his home town of Windsor.
September 19, 2018
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From 28 Years Service to Walking on the Wild Side of Nature

Mark Beckham from Suffolk served a long career in the HM Armed Forces; 1990 – 2000 in the Army and 2000 – 2018 in the Royal […]
September 12, 2018
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From House Husband to Business Owner

Neil Hallsworth left the Army in 2004, opting to take on a business straight away and ran his own pub for two years. Sadly the pub […]
September 5, 2018
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Ex-Army Transitions to a Metalsmith Engineer

Paul Bateson aged 40 originally from Darwen, Lancashire now based in Farnborough, Surrey and is married with three children. Paul served in the Army and was […]
August 22, 2018
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Ex-Army to running an ex-military property maintenance firm

Edward Colver aged 41 from Sheffield, South Yorkshire longed for a new venture closer to home. Edward joined the Army in 1999 and was commissioned into […]
August 15, 2018
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Former Rifleman Diagnosed with PTSD setup a Mental Health First Aid business

Father-of-two, Tom Fox from Coulsdon, Surrey was a former rifleman diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is now using his personal experience to help […]
August 8, 2018

From Forces to Career Transition to Accounting Guru

Keith May originally from Skegness joined the Army in 1996 initially as a military clerk before completing his Management Accountancy training in 2012. Keith was a […]
July 18, 2018

Ex-Army Veteran Develops Entrepreneurial Portfolio

Ex-Army Veteran and craftsman Tony Grant from Lincoln is not someone who lets obstacles stand in his way, not even in business. Soon after losing his […]
June 27, 2018

Army Man Takes a Shot at Starting a Photography Business

Dean Paget, husband to Trish and father to Brylee, joined the Army in 1993 at the age of just 21 after being attracted by the opportunity […]
June 20, 2018

From the Army to following his Passion Restoring and Preserving CamperVans

Since leaving the Army in 2008, Leigh Hicks from Bexhill-on-Sea had various successful jobs, however as he put it “nothing quite scratched that itch” or satisfied […]
May 29, 2018

Starting Up in Print and Graphic Design

With Douglas Creighton, 42, from Maida Vale, the military was part of his life. Born into a military family of several generations, with a father who […]
May 14, 2018

From Dealing with Military Intelligence To Understanding Human Performance

A desire for a better lifestyle and financial independence were the triggers which helped Ben Price make up his mind and set up The Fitness Masters, a business where he could pursue his passion for understanding human performance and rehabilitation.
May 9, 2018

From Military Service to becoming a Guiding Light to help find Ease and Balance for Help for Heroes Beneficiary

In September 1976, Richard Marsden joined the Scots Guards for adventure and to follow in the footsteps of many members of his family who had also […]
April 18, 2018

Scottish Ex-Army Logistics Engineer Sets Up JJC Logistics

A second child on the way was what gave 33 year-old Joseph Ryan from North Ayrshire in Scotland the push he needed to think about starting his own […]
March 21, 2018

Ex-Army carpenter James makes new strides building his carpentry business

James Metcalf joined the British Army in 2009 at age 23. He served for eight years in construction, and during his time serving, he worked in […]
March 11, 2018

From Post to Pest – Army Veteran Joe Starts New Business Venture!

Joe Davies, a 28 year old Army Veteran from Southampton, joined the Royal Engineers in 2005 but was forced to leave only five years later after […]
March 6, 2018

A Successful Ex-Army Move To Setting Up A Mobile Tattoo Removal Clinic

In 2005, 24-year old Brian Handley from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, was finding life hard. At that time, his options were limited – working in […]
February 12, 2018

From the Falkland Islands to the Isle of Wight!

James, 32, made the decision to join the Royal Engineers in 2006. I was influenced by some great guys in my youth who were ex Sappers. […]
January 22, 2018

Fitness Fanatic Ex-Army Man Jon Left Unable to Run for Almost Three Years

It was a freak accident that forced Jon Heslop to leave the Armed Forces and it was two and a half years before he could even […]
November 22, 2017

100th Wounded, Injured and Sick X-Forces and Help for Heroes Beneficiary Sets Up Two Businesses

British Army veteran Carl Marsh is the 100th X-Forces and Help for Heroes wounded, injured or sick entrepreneur with not only one but two enterprises – […]
October 31, 2017

Busy Bee: Army Vet Turned Bee Keeper, John Geden Expands his Local Honey Business

John Geden joined the British Army in 1983 as an officer in the Royal Military Police at just age seventeen. After his military service, John joined […]
August 30, 2016

Lets go Doggy Day Care

Times of hardship or life-changing events can sometimes lead to bigger and better things. In 2015 former Army Private Laura Sellars was diagnosed with Epilepsy, leaving […]
August 3, 2016

Military spouse launches business for animal lovers

Julie set up Present Purrfections in 2014 in a shop near her home in Fife. The aim was to create the ideal place to find the […]
July 11, 2016

BQ Live: Marching on with Gabby’s World

This week Business Quarter Live featured XF Business, Gabby’s World! Kerry-Ann, whose husband is serving in the Queen’s Royal Hussars, set up her own business after struggling […]
July 8, 2016

Curbside Gaming: A business for all the family

The growing trend of gaming parties caught the imagination of ex-Staff Sergeant Darren Smith, who is applying his military drive and discipline into an enterprise with his […]
June 10, 2016

Forming connections: Former army commando launches networking business

Former Army Commando Officer James Dixon has founded the business Formilink following an injury that saw to the end of his military service. Having experienced the […]