In early 2017 X-Forces won the Business Enterprise Category at the Soldiering On Awards. This introduction to the Soldiering On Awards organisation led to discussions around the introduction of specific business categories to the Awards to highlight the achievements of those individuals from the Armed Forces community who have moved into the self-employment world.
The partnership between X-Forces Enterprise and Soldiering On was announced at the launch event of the 2018 Awards in June 2017 at the Ministry of Defence where it was revealed that the 2018 Awards would include three new business categories in partnership with X-Forces.
As Ren Kapur MBE, Founder & CEO, X-Forces Enterprise said," “X-Forces are delighted to be partnering with the Soldiering On Awards to recognise the enterprise skills of the Armed Forces Community. The UK has seen some of the most impactful entrepreneurs who are making a real difference to the economy and others, and it is an honour to be celebrating this great talent through these Awards.”
Business of the Year Award – Start Up – Sponsored by Cisco
In recognition of a new business that was started by an individual linked with the Armed Forces and that has been in business for less than two years.
Business of the Year Award – Scale Up – Sponsored by Sage
In recognition of a business that was started by an individual linked with the Armed Forces, that was established over two years ago and that still retains a minimum of 51% interest in the venture.
Business of the Year Award – Community Impact – Sponsored by Landmarc
In recognition of a business that was started up by an individual linked with the Armed Forces, that has a made a real impact to the Armed Forces Community.
The Awards night was held on Friday 20 April 2018. Read more about the night and the winners here.
The finalists of the 2018 Awards can be viewed here