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August 29, 2018
Steve Parnell Massage Therapy

Ex-RAF to Master Sports Therapy Masseur

Steve Parnell who lives in Brackley, Northamptonshire joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1986 and served until 1991, where he worked as a steward in […]
August 15, 2018
Thoughtify Mental health Training for Business

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 10, 2018

5 Steps to choosing your best accountant

  In this blog we look at selecting an accountant to assist with your business compliance and reporting requirements. In the age of specialism, this is […]
August 6, 2018

Private Medical Insurance doesn’t need to break the bank

CS Healthcare is a corporate partner to X-Forces Enterprise and specialise in healthcare services and advice for the Military Community. This month they provided some thought […]
July 11, 2018

Ex-Flight Ops Move To On-The-Go Gaming

Richard Shepherd from Faringdon, Oxfordshire joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in Flight Operations in March 2004. Upon completing his education, he had moved into various […]
July 4, 2018

A phenomenal week of activities celebrating Armed Forces Day

The X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) team had the pleasure of spending time with some of our beneficiaries during Armed Forces week 25th – 29th June and Reserves […]
June 21, 2018

A Day with Sir John Timpson

X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) had the pleasure of spending a full working day with Sir John Timpson MBE, Chairman, Timpson on Wednesday 6th June 2018. Sir John […]
June 18, 2018

Accountancy Tips – Expenses

In a business determining which expenses are allowable is important, as these items are included in the taxation calculation each year. Key jargon: Tax deductible Tax […]
June 12, 2018

Celebrating 100 Women Who Mean Business!

First Women UK are launching a free photography exhibition celebrating 100 fiercely phenomenal women from 20th July until 22nd August taking place in the Dyson Building […]
June 11, 2018

Sole Trader or Limited Company?

Accountancy tips – Clive Lewis, Head of Enterprise, ICAEW   Choosing which company format is appropriate for your business is a key decision. But it has […]
June 4, 2018

X-Forces Enterprise supporting RMAS STEM Career Showcase

X-Forces Enterprise was honoured to be alongside The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), The British Army and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for a special Science, […]
May 3, 2018

From Law & Order and Engineering to Pulling Pints in the Pub of the Year!

A desire for a change of career from policing and motorsport engineering took partners Tom Richardson and Ollie Boulton on to a totally different path – […]
April 23, 2018

Soldiering On Awards 2018 – A Night of Recognition and Celebrations

London April 2018. The 2018 Soldiering On Awards ceremony took place on Friday 20th April at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. These awards are a […]
February 26, 2018

From Help for Heroes to Holistic Care, RAF Veteran Ruth Inspired by Wounded, Injured & Sick Community

Care Force Consulting Limited uses an Integrative and Functional Medicine approach to patients with the aim of getting to the root cause of their chronic health […]
February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day Special: Royal Marines Couple Set Up Mobile Coffee Shop

After graduating from University in 2015, Royal Marines Spouse Jo just couldn’t picture herself in a conventional job working for someone else. I had the ambition […]
September 19, 2017

Why are Members of the Armed Forces Successful Entrepreneurs?

Resilience, ambition, leadership, persistence, teamwork, organization, courage – all words and characteristics that come to mind when thinking of our armed forces. The brave men and […]
September 13, 2017

Ren Kapur MBE, Meets Minister for Defence People – Collaboration in the Armed Forces Community

On Monday, September 11, X-Force’s CEO, Ren Kapur MBE, joined the Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood for a charity networking breakfast. Ren along […]
June 27, 2017

Secretary of State, Sir Michael Fallon, Earl Howe, and Lord Dannatt support Soldiering On Awards

The launch of the 2018 Soldiering on Awards, took place at the Ministry of Defence on Thursday 15 June 2017. The event was sponsored by Thales, […]
June 16, 2017

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 […]
June 12, 2017

Preparing for business with ICAEW and X-Forces

Part 1: The Business Plan By Clive Lewis, ICAEW, in conjunction with X-Forces A new series of articles – courtesy of X-Forces, in conjunction with the […]
May 19, 2017

Traditional vs Digital Marketing

  For many small businesses choosing the right strategy for marketing can often be a big headache, not knowing which form will be best for their […]
May 5, 2017

ICAEW and X-Forces Business Advice Series – Taxation of Limited Companies

One of the first decisions a start-up business must make is what business format to trade under. There are three basic formats sole trader, limited company […]
April 7, 2017

Taking over an Existing Business

Are you thinking about self-employment but don’t necessarily want to take on the risks associated with starting a completely new business? Whilst going self-employed can involve […]
April 5, 2017

ICAEW and X-Forces Business Advice Series: How do I monitor the progress of my business?

Identify the Profit or Loss Many businesses do not have adequate systems for identifying the profitability of different products and services, or even by the business […]
March 31, 2017

RecruitME Celebrate 2nd Birthday

RecruitME was founded as a start-up in 2015 by friends and veterans, Chris Buck (front middle) and Howard Rudder (front left). In the 2 years they […]
March 22, 2017

ASCA

With a background in the Royal Air Force Fire and Rescue Services, Shaun has a history of dealing with traumatic situations. Now going in to business […]
March 17, 2017

X-Forces Visits Blind Veterans UK

Having had another successful week in Brighton visiting Blind Veterans UK, we have had the pleasure of meeting some very inspirational people. We have been lucky […]
March 15, 2017

Digital Marketing

Digital marketing is primarily defined as the marketing of a product/service to a consumer using a digital medium. The marketing effort can take many forms and […]
March 8, 2017

ICAEW and X-Forces Business Advice Series: Financing Exports

For exporters the longer lead times between providing the goods or services and getting paid can present particular financial problems. There are a range of alternative […]
March 1, 2017

Should I get premises for my new startup?

Deciding to not have fixed premises can be daunting. You may worry that without fixed premises, your business may not seem as professional or that customers […]
February 14, 2017

Valentine’s Blog: Partners in Business!

X-Forces has supported several couples to launch their business ventures together! Hear why they love working together! Tree, Two, One – Cornwall “My Husband & I […]
February 8, 2017

Thinking of buying a franchise?

What is a franchise? When you are buying a franchise, you are buying the right to run a smaller, similar, version of an established business model […]
February 5, 2017

ICAEW and X-Forces Business Advice Series: Managing Cash Flow

 Why is cash flow important? Most businesses are funded with cash from the proprietor, which is sufficient until the business starts growing. Problems often start when […]
January 28, 2017

Meet the Entrepreneurs Part 3!

Thank you for tuning in to the final part of our ‘Meet the Entrepreneurs’ series! In this Blog, we meet Alex, former Grenadier Guard from Surrey. […]
January 27, 2017

Meet the Entrepreneurs Part 2!

Find out more about 2 more of the #XFSuccess businesses who we met last week!   Dorking Brewery Neel, Royal Navy Reserve from Surrey Neel Singh, […]
January 27, 2017

Top Marketing Tips for Tradesmen

As a tradesman it can often feel difficult to execute on marketing activities when you are always on the move and working away from an office. […]
January 26, 2017

Meet the Entrepreneurs

Last week X-Forces were joined by five entrepreneurs that we have supported since our launch in 2013. These business owners come from varying Armed Forces backgrounds, […]
January 11, 2017

ICAEW AND X-FORCES BUSINESS ADVICE SERIES: WHY DO A BUSINESS PLAN

A start-up business should prepare a business plan to map its progress to profitability. For start-ups the sales forecasts are critical – particularly how the new […]
January 6, 2017

Working from home

On Monday Londoner’s across sectors will be considering working from home as the Underground grinds to a halt, however, for Start Ups and Self Employed freelancers […]
January 5, 2017

Getting Your Head Around the Basics of VAT

One of the most frequently asked questions in X-Forces training, workshops and coaching is, what do I need to understand about VAT? In this month’s blog […]
December 24, 2016

Reflection and the power of now

We have arrived at the time of year when after the Christmas rush is over, things are winding down, we can take time to pause and […]
December 13, 2016

ICAEW and X-Forces Business Advice Series: Tax For Small Businesses

Accounting records to satisfy the tax authorities Legally you have to keep accounting records for your business. This is so you can fill in your tax […]
December 2, 2016

X-Forces Founder Receives Honour

Our Founder and CEO, Ren Kapur, has received her MBE today following recognition in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List. Ren Kapur’s services to Entrepreneurship […]
November 25, 2016

The Autumn statement 2016: How will this impact the X-Forces community?

Investment  The Government will invest £400 million into the British Business Bank to help support the growth which is good news for both startup and ensuring […]
November 7, 2016

ICAEW AND X-FORCES BUSINESS ADVICE SERIES: START-UP FINANCE

“Will I need finance to set-up my business?” is one of the first questions a start-up business must answer. This might be to fit-out a premises, […]
October 31, 2016

X-FORCES CELEBRATES NATIONAL MENTORING DAY

Last week X-Forces joined Lord Young of Graffham and Chelsey Baker, founder of National Mentoring Day at the House of Lords to celebrate the inspiring relationships between Mentors […]
October 19, 2016

PARTY AT THE PRESSHOUSE!

The Beard and Sabre Cider Company, the Cotswold’s revolutionary craft cidermakers, hosted a live community pressing on Saturday the 1st of October 12-6pm. The aim of […]
October 3, 2016

ICAEW AND X-FORCES BUSINESS ADVICE SERIES: WHAT BUSINESS FORMAT SHOULD A START-UP ADOPT?

What business format a start-up adopts will affect the amount of tax the start-up pays. It will also impact other areas such as liability for losses, […]
September 29, 2016

X-Forces 3rd Anniversary

X-FORCES 3RD ANNIVERSARY – MEET OUR 3RD BIRTHDAY SMALL BUSINESS PANEL! X-Forces supports entrepreneurs from across the Armed Forces Community, from various backgrounds and all with […]
September 27, 2016

Our Small Business Supply Chain!

X-FORCES 3RD ANNIVERSARY – OUR SMALL BUSINESS SUPPLY CHAIN! On Wednesday night we brought together the inspiring stories of some of our 700+ entrepreneurs and deployed […]
September 8, 2016

X-Forces Celebrates Reserves Day

Reserves Day has arrived! Today celebrates the commitment and contribution of our Reserve Forces throughout the UK. Providing approximately a sixth of our Armed Forces Personnel, […]
August 19, 2016

Crown & Queue Meats LTD: The Best of British

Determined to produce and provide an alternative to the influx of cured meats being produced abroad, Adrienne has set up her own business to produce her […]
August 8, 2016

Guest Blog: Anthony @ Tree Two One

This week we asked Anthony from Tree Surgery Business, Tree Two One to guest blog for us, and he has given aspiring entrepreneurs some top tips! […]
August 8, 2016

Business and Marketing Advice: London

BUSINESS ADVICE AND MARKETING FOR ARMED FORCES ENTREPRENEURS: LONDON Another successful workshop for Ex-military Entrepreneurs took place in London yesterday supported by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity […]
August 7, 2016

ICAEW AND X-FORCES BUSINESS ADVICE SERIES: PREPARING FOR BUSINESS

In conjunction with ICAEW’s support of X-Forces 3rd Anniversary, we will be releasing a series of articles supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners by answering some of […]
July 20, 2016

Top 10 business planning tips from our credit manager

Struggling to understand what to write in a business plan? This week we asked our Credit Manager, Simon, for 10 top tips of features he looks […]
July 7, 2016

Monkey Wrench Bespoke

Passion leads to great things Passion usually leads to great things and the story is no different for James Hunter of Monkey Wrench Bespoke. Having a […]
July 1, 2016

Webinar: An introduction to enterprise and self-employment

In this Officer’s Association Webinar, X-Forces offer an introduction to Enterprise and what to consider before making the leap into Self-Employment. As we know, starting up your […]
May 23, 2016

X-Forces are proud to be supporting Twyfest!

Twyfest is a community event in the small Berkshire village of Twyford that runs for 10 days between 27th May – 11th June. There will be […]
May 10, 2016

‘I am the master of my fate’

This week the Invictus Games landed in Florida, USA as our first Self-Employment and Enterprise Workshop is being delivered at the Hasler Naval Service Recovery Centre […]
April 29, 2016

X-Forces present at the Royal British Legion’s annual operations conference

X-Forces were at the Royal British Legion’s Annual Conference at the University of Warwick this week to talk to the Operations staff, Case Officers and senior […]
April 21, 2016

X-Forces visits Blind Veterans UK in Brighton!

Last week X-Forces were in Brighton visiting Blind Veterans UK. We were shown around the amazing building that overlooks Brighton and the English Channel. Blind Veterans, […]
March 21, 2016

X-Forces Hosts Military spouses in enterprise workshop

On Friday we hosted our first Military Spouses in Enterprise workshop in Central London. Supported by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, these workshops are specifically tailored to […]
March 8, 2016

International Women’s Day: Former cadet Sophie launches mobile theater business

Sophie Jones joined the Officer Training Corps whilst at university, and credits the motivational skills that she leant as key to her success in launching her […]
December 22, 2015

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association visit to X-Forces

We were delighted to host a workshop to discuss in further detail the work of X-Forces introducing the visiting parliamentarians to our partners; The Start-Up Loans […]
October 11, 2015

The importance of mentoring

At X-Forces we support our candidates by providing their businesses with the best opportunities for success. We do not just offer the financial backing, we offer […]
October 8, 2015

The Prince’s countryside fund

The countryside has been an integral and defining part of British culture for many years. The countryside provides us a place of solace and tranquillity as […]
October 8, 2015

Beard and Sabre Cider blog!

Blogging is a powerful way to drive traffic to your site, and your business. Not to mention, a fun way to record the journey of starting […]
October 8, 2015

The company of makers

Created: 08 October 2015 Introducing the Company of Makers The Company of Makers focuses on assisting veterans and their immediate families in and around Hampshire as well […]
September 11, 2015

Grow your digital skills with Google!

Is there anyone better placed to teach us about digital business, than google? X-Forces are delighted to be a partner with Google, working with other stakeholders to […]