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September 5, 2019
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Independence after injury: meet the Navy veteran that turned his hobby into a business

Russ Kirby’s left arm was paralysed in a motorbike accident in 1981, which forced him to leave the Royal Navy.  Now 58, after 33 years in […]
August 29, 2019

Minister for Defence People and Veterans supports the Soldiering On Awards

In his first public event, the Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Johnny Mercer MP, attended the Soldiering On Awards launch adding his support for nominations […]
August 28, 2019

From education to enterprise: Meet the military spouse changing science kits for kids

Military spouse and teacher Michelle Williams understood that all parents want to see their child have opportunities to be happy and successful, and applied her knowledge […]
August 21, 2019
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From barracks to bistro: meet the Army veteran’s spouse at the helm of a thriving family business

The British picnic is a national passion, but one ex-military couple have taken it one step further in their bistro in Tidworth. At Pothead and Panface, […]
July 30, 2019

“Skilling the Nation Through the Armed Forces Community”

MoD Employment Forum – alongside the Invictus UK Trials Sheffield 23rd July 2019   I was delighted that X-Forces Enterprise were asked to represent self-employment at […]
July 26, 2019
PJ Farr - UK Connect

Meet The Former Soldier that Built a Multi-Million Pound Communications Firm

PJ Farr (31) recalls how he was fascinated by the Army’s ability to deploy to some of the most remote locations in the world and quickly […]
July 18, 2019

From Air Despatch to Airstream Events: meet Leeds’ house music mogul who is hitting the road

Jacob Kelly, from Leeds, has a new woman in his life.  Dottie is American, a little older than him and they plan to travel together to […]
July 5, 2019
Cadets Graduation

Enterprise For Life® – Cadets Graduation at London Stock Exchange

Thoughts from CEO Ren Kapur MBE:   2nd July saw an important milestone in my lifelong commitment to help young people develop enterprise skills. 17 pioneering […]
June 28, 2019

Facebook Gives Boost to Forces Business Owners

More than 300 Armed Forces veterans, including many X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) beneficiaries,  attended a digital skills workshop run by Facebook, in partnership with XFE, in London […]
June 21, 2019

Blind Army Veteran Starts New Chapter as Self-published Children’s Author

Being diagnosed with a visual impairment in his 50s didn’t hold John Bennett back from pursuing a dream to share the stories passed down through his […]
June 14, 2019
Garden Maintenance

Garden Maintenance: Startup Advice for Green-Fingered Entrepreneurs

Garden maintenance businesses are one of the most popular seasonal service-based start-ups. Whether it’s mowing lawns and trimming hedges or garden landscaping and designing, setting up […]
June 13, 2019

Meet the Digital Consultant with an Innovative Café Car

Self-employment gives the freedom to blend very different businesses into your working day, as ex-military Joe Poole is proving with his new café car.   Joe […]
June 7, 2019

Calling Kentish Veterans and Business Leaders

X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) is partnering with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to help raise awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant in a special event in […]
June 7, 2019
Armed Forces Day

Boost Your Business this Armed Forces Day

To mark this year’s Armed Forces Day, X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) has partnered with Facebook to provide a day of learning, inspiration and networking. The event, entitled […]
May 31, 2019
Top 3 Summer Startup Business Ideas

Top 3 Summer Startup Business Ideas

This week we explore some of the most popular summer startup businesses and some of our successful #XFsuccess entrepreneurs who have set up businesses which make […]
May 30, 2019
Pet Product with Love

Meet the Young Entrepreneur Handcrafting Pet Products with Love

Madeleine Curry, from Cheshire, believes that what you put into your pet’s body should not only be tasty to them but also healthy, natural and nutritious.  […]
May 21, 2019
Military Spouse

Meet the Military Spouse Creating Festivals with Fizz

Esther Wright, an RAF spouse from Shropshire, has spent 17 years working in event management and set up her new business to create the sort of […]
May 19, 2019
Celebrating Sunday Traders

Celebrating Sunday Traders!

For the final day of #localbizweek, we are celebrating those amazing small business owners who give up their day of rest to provide us with those […]
May 18, 2019
Tips for making your online business reach

8 Tips for making your online business reach the locals

Small businesses can maximise their local reach by using a variety of online marketing methods to target the local community.   If you have an upcoming […]
May 17, 2019
Afghan Rug Shop

Supporting the locals, millions of miles away!

The Afghan Rug Shop is a local small business based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, which extends its support for the local community all the way […]
May 16, 2019
Local Small Business Week

Local Small Business Week: Local Delicacies

Whether it’s Cornish pasties, fish & chips from seaside towns or a Birmingham Balti, some dishes are best served local. Today we celebrate the joy which […]
May 15, 2019
Bringing Communities Together

Bringing Communities Together

‘I started the business in order to work with former members of the Armed Forces and their families. With coffee comes conversation, so the mobile unit […]
May 14, 2019

Bespoke Officers’ Association Workshops Begin

The first ‘Self-Employment Discovery’ workshop designed for former Armed Forces officers and their spouses – delivered by X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) in partnership with the Officers’ Association […]
May 14, 2019
Local Small Business

Local Small Business Week: Women in Business

To mark day two of local small business week, we are celebrating the outstanding contribution of Women in Business. Whether it is setting up businesses which […]
May 13, 2019
Thoughtify Tom Fox

Why Mental Health Matters & How Businesses Can Help?

“I know how debilitating mental illness can be. It ruined my career and changed my life.” Tom Fox, Director of Thoughtify Ltd.   Tom initially approached […]
May 3, 2019
Street Food Business

Get your street food business started in time for summer

As a nation, we are big foodies. Whether it’s TV shows like MasterChef or the Great British Bake Off, or whether it’s queuing up to try […]
May 2, 2019
Bringing Communities Together

The Conscious Coffee Company Grown out of Combat Trauma

Former soldier Nigel Seaman started his business Combat2Coffee in response to the rehabilitation and support he received for PTSD, which Nigel says “saved his life”.   […]
April 25, 2019
Could you be a ‘Parentpreneur’ Part 2: Dadpreneur

Could you be a ‘Parentpreneur’ Part 2: Dadpreneurs

Being an entrepreneur is becoming an increasingly popular career choice for parents who are looking for a balance between a fulfilling career and being able to […]
April 23, 2019
Forces Wives Challenge

Teamwork with a purpose: Uniting the Forces community through adventure and challenge

On 8th March 2019, in harsh conditions, a group of military wives summited the world’s highest volcano, Ojos del Salado, standing at 6893m in Chile.  This […]
April 16, 2019
Become a Parentpreneur

Could you be a ‘Parentpreneur’?

Being an entrepreneur is becoming an increasingly popular career choice for parents who are looking for a balance between a fulfilling career and being able to […]
April 15, 2019
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Army Service Leaver celebrates expansion of 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 […]
April 15, 2019
2019 Soldiering On Awards Winners

2019 Soldiering On Awards: 12 Months of Opportunity

The Soldiering On Awards celebrate the achievements of the military community, by honouring individuals, veterans, their families and organisations that support the Armed Forces community, a […]
April 14, 2019

Pilot Cadet Programme Proves Great Success

The first XFE workshop aimed at Cadet Forces has taken place over the weekend of 22-24 March 2019 in Greenwich. 17 cadets from the Greater London […]
April 5, 2019

Soldiering On Awards Winners Announced

Now in its 9th year, the Soldiering On Awards recognise many truly inspirational people and teams; highlighting the outstanding achievements of current and former service men and women, their […]
April 1, 2019
Rapid Growth

5 Tips to help manage Rapid Growth

So, you’ve successfully started a business and now you’re in the fortunate but delicate position of experiencing rapid growth. Growth for any start-up is a moment […]
March 26, 2019
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Flying through Franchise: Meet the military spouse getting ahead in HR

Jane Fryatt, from Wallingford in Oxfordshire, started her HR consultancy business face2faceHR in June 2018 in order to have a more flexible working life around her […]
March 25, 2019
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The Top 3 Trending Business Categories of 2019 so far

  We’ve had a busy start to the year at X-Forces Enterprise helping our budding entrepreneurs finalise their business plans and secure start-up funding. Looking for some […]
March 14, 2019
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Carol Vorderman to host 2019 Soldiering On Awards

We are delighted to announce that television personality and military supporter Carol Vorderman MBE will be presenting the 2019 Soldiering On Awards ceremony on 5th April.   […]
March 12, 2019
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From Gulf War Chef to Multi Entrepreneur

Steve Cooke, from Kinross, set up his first business in 1995, which is still going strong today.  His barber shop, ‘The Barbers Pole’ in St Andrews […]
March 8, 2019
International Women's Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Today, on International Women’s Day, X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) is recognising and congratulating its female entrepreneurs. Of the 1363 beneficiaries that XFE has supported, 29% are female. […]
February 26, 2019
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Small Business, Big Heart: bringing communities together

As Armed Forces Champion for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) CEO Ren Kapur MBE was delighted to attend the “Small Business, Big […]
February 19, 2019
The Pride Gym Terry Holt

Meet the Ex-RAF Engineer Who Has Gone From Wings to Weights

After four tours of Afghanistan, becoming a father gave Ex-RAF Engineer Terry Holt a new perspective on his career, and he set about scratching the itch […]
February 14, 2019
Soldiering On Awards Finalists

Houses of Parliament Celebration for Soldiering On Awards Finalists

A prestigious reception to celebrate this year’s Soldiering On Awards Finalists was held at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 13th February 2019, hosted by Awards […]
February 11, 2019
Military's Most Influential People

XFE CEO named as One of the Military’s Most Influential People

The founder and CEO of X-Forces Enterprise, Ren Kapur MBE, has been named as one of the Most Influential People in the military community in the […]
February 8, 2019
Sight Loss is no Barrier for Ex-Navy Precision Engineer - X-Forces Enterprise

No Barriers for Ex-Navy Precision Engineer

Icarus Originals:  Designed with heroes to be worn by legends.   Alan Lock, from Shrewsbury, lost his eyesight while serving in the Royal Navy.  As a […]
February 1, 2019

XFE CEO Defence Insight Briefing Contribution

X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) CEO Ren Kapur MBE was invited to join a select group of senior leaders at the inaugural ‘Defence Insight Briefing’ on 23rd January […]
January 22, 2019
Ex-Army Entrepreneur Takes Off in Drone Industry - X-Forces Enterprise

Ex-Army Entrepreneur Takes Off in Drone Industry

Steve Witchwood-Green from Castle Cary, Somerset has built on his experience in aviation to launch his first business in a growth industry. Steve (58) has almost […]
January 15, 2019
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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 […]
January 9, 2019
Soldiering On Awards Finalists Announced

Soldiering On Awards Finalists Announced

The Soldiering On Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of those who have served their country, and the diverse people and groups who work together in support […]
January 8, 2019
Cosmetics Entrepreneur

The Young Entrepreneur who is Taking Skincare Back to Basics

At just 22, Bethany D’Inverno from London may be one of the younger entrepreneurs that X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) has had the pleasure to support, but she […]
December 20, 2018
Fat Penguin Improv

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 […]
December 18, 2018
CEO’S END OF YEAR MESSAGE - X-Forces Enterprise

CEO’S END OF YEAR MESSAGE

CEO’S END OF YEAR MESSAGE Ren Kapur MBE – CEO, X-Forces Enterprise           Partners, beneficiaries, associates and team members; As we near […]
December 11, 2018
Cooper and Gracie - X-Forces Enterprise

Cruelty-free Pet Products Inspired by a Man’s Best Friend

A new range of pet grooming, healing and pest treatment products branded ‘Cooper and Gracie’ has brought a cruelty-free offering to the pet care market.  Still within […]
December 7, 2018
Award Recognition for Forces Widows Programme - X-Forces Enterprise

Award Recognition for Forces Widows Programme

The ‘Empowering Armed Forces Widows Through Enterprise’ programme, run by X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) in partnership with NatWest, has won ‘Best Financial Inclusion or Outreach Initiative’ at the […]
December 4, 2018
NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Award win for XFE Beneficiaries

NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards

The Plymouth-based former Royal Marines behind the Imployable app, Peter Kelly and Kieron Yeoman, have won the ‘Entrepreneurial Spirit Award’ at the Wales and South West […]
December 4, 2018
XFE beneficiary, Doddl, wins two 2018 Startups Awards

XFE beneficiary wins two 2018 Startups Awards

A children’s cutlery business, supported by X-Forces Enterprise (XFE), has scooped two titles at the prestigious 2018 Startups Awards. Launched in 2013 by sisters Catherine Dodd […]
November 29, 2018
Carly Paoli

BRIT Nominated Singer’s Single Shoots to No 1

The latest single ‘My Christmas Dream is You’ by classical singer Carly Paoli – Soldiering On Awards Ambassador of Arts, BRIT Nominee and BBC Music Ambassador […]
November 27, 2018

From Royal Artillery to Vehicle Arresting System

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 […]
November 20, 2018

Former Sniper Opens UK’s first Sniper Activity Centre

Loved by his allies, hated by his enemies, the Sniper can have devastating effects on the battlefield creating fear and havoc in his enemies.   Ainsley […]
November 13, 2018
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From Seaman to Seafood

After training as a chef in the Royal Navy, Jamie Savage (33) has now launched his first pop-up restaurant in Macclesfield, specialising in mussels. In ‘Savages […]
November 7, 2018
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HELLO! Highlights XFE Founder

The work of X-Forces Enterprise’s CEO and founder, Ren Kapur MBE, has been recognised by HELLO! in their ‘A Year of Love’ presentation, in partnership with […]
November 7, 2018
First Widows Programme

Successfully Performed First Widows Programme

The first ‘Empowering Armed Forces Widows Through Enterprise’ programme run by X-Forces Enterprise (XFE), which took place in London this summer, has been hailed an overwhelming […]
November 6, 2018
Military Life Inspires Multi-Entrepreneurial Mother

Military Life Inspires Multi-Entrepreneurial Mother

At just 31 Suzy Olivier has been at the helm of not one but four businesses.  Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, where her father was […]
November 2, 2018
Hannah Toddle

XFE Business wins 50k Investment at Pitch It Wales Event

An XFE beneficiary, and former RAF officer, has won a ‘Dragons Den’ style competition to secure the top investment of £50,000 for their children’s skincare business. […]
November 1, 2018
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First NatWest and XFE Military Conference

  The first NatWest Military Education Conference on 29th October 2018 aimed to support the Armed Forces community in both employment and self-employment and explore the […]
October 29, 2018
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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 16, 2018
Geotekk Bikes and Motorbikes Alarm

From Marine Commando to Disruptive Tech Creator

Pictured: Geotekk Founders James Sheppard (left) & Matt Leach (right)   Falling victim to bike theft led former Royal Marine Commando and Doctor of Medicine, Dr Matthew […]
October 12, 2018
X-Forces Enterprise celebrates five years

X-Forces Enterprise Celebrates Five Years

From dawn to dusk on Wednesday 10th October, the London Stock Exchange played host to a dual-event celebration to mark the five years since X-Forces Enterprise […]
October 10, 2018
FiMT Report

Challenges veterans face in becoming self-employed

  A new report, ‘Self-employment and the Armed Forces Community’, has revealed the barriers ex-Service personnel face in becoming self-employed after leaving the Armed Forces. Research […]
October 2, 2018
Royal Windsor Tours Padd McNeill

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 26, 2018
Karen Tracey Dunelm Business Consultants

Ex-RAF to Award Winning Coach, Speaker and Business Consultant

Karen Tracey from Shuttington, North Warwickshire, started her military career joining the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) in 1983 in the Aerospace Systems Trade Group 12. […]
September 21, 2018

XFE CEO appointed as the first volunteer Armed Forces Champion

Ren Kapur will work with FSB to help advance policy change for the 'Armed Forces in business' community
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
Explorer Coffees

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
Metalsmith General Engineering Ltd

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 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 23, 2018
Richard Tucker MBE and Chris

AAA Caring Caretaker awarded Silver in the MOD Employer Recognition Scheme

Compliments to AAA Caring Caretaker Ltd who have been awarded Silver in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Employer recognition scheme (ERS). The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) […]
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
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 - blog

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 8, 2018
Keith May Accounting Services

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 […]
August 6, 2018
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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 26, 2018
Lord Ashcroft International Business School Visit

Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Another Great Illustration of Collaboration in the Armed Forces Community London July 2018. Professor Lynn Martin (PHD), Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University has […]
July 25, 2018
Burning Barn Rum

A Burning Barn inspired a Fiery Rum Brand

In September 2015, military spouse Katherine Jenner and her family experienced a massive fire on their farm in Hampton-in-Arden. Then, like a phoenix, the ashes in […]
July 18, 2018
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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 […]
July 11, 2018
Bring the Game Over

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
Armed Forces Day

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 […]
July 4, 2018
Dorking Brewery

Royal Navy Reservist to Brewery Owner

Royal Navy Reservist Neel Singh made the bold decision to take Dorking Brewery a brand new state of the art brewery to a brand new state […]
June 27, 2018
Model photography shoots

From Army Man to 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 21, 2018
A Day with Sir John Timpson

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 20, 2018
Combe Valley Campers

From the Army to Camper Vans Business Owner

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 […]
June 18, 2018
Broadhead Accountants

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 13, 2018

How a Passion For Dance helps to Set Up a Dance Academy

With a family history of two generations of relatives both serving in the military, Sophie Byrnes from Guisborough knew she wanted a career where she could […]
June 12, 2018
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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
Rt. Hon Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence

X-Forces Enterprise attending RMAS 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, […]
June 4, 2018
RAF Richard Tucker

The Ex-RAF “AAA Caring Caretaker”

Richard H Tucker MBE, originally from Cornwall, served for 20 years in the RAF where one of his tours included the first Gulf War. Upon leaving […]
May 29, 2018
Douglas Creighton London Sans

How to set up a Graphic Design Consultancy?

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 21, 2018
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Flying High for Ex-RAF Engineer with KestrelQAS

After 22 years’ service as a Royal Air Force Avionics Engineer, 43-year old Scott Keegan from South Derbyshire decided it was time to put aside his […]
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
CISCO Signs the Armed Forces Covenant

Cisco UK & Ireland signs the Armed Forces Covenant

X-Forces Enterprise Corporate Partner Cisco UK & Ireland have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging to uphold its principles by supporting individuals into and at work, […]
May 9, 2018

From Military Service to becoming a Guiding Light

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 […]
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 30, 2018

RecruitME Co-Founders take on X-Forces Ambassadorship for the East Midlands

London, April 2018. An ambassadorial partnership, formed between X-Forces Enterprise and the veteran-owned recruitment firm RecruitME, was launched on Thursday 26th April 2018 at the International Bomber […]
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 […]
April 19, 2018

Army Spouse sets up Online Support Platform for Forces Community

Natalie Trezise had spent enough time as a Services spouse – seeing families pack, move and settle down in new posts – to know that there […]
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 […]
April 13, 2018

X-Forces Enterprise celebrates a successful 2017 Naval Families Enterprise Project Initial Cohort and launches A Second Programme in Plymouth.

London, April 13, 2018:  X-Forces Enterprise (XFE), together with Greenwich Hospital, A Crown Royal Navy Charity, met with the 2017 cohort from the Naval Families Enterprise […]
March 28, 2018

From deep sea mine clearance to property management software

Following a medical discharge after 16 years with the Royal Navy, 37-year old Alexander Scott from Lee-on-the-Solent in Hampshire knew exactly what he was going to […]
March 28, 2018

PPL and X-Forces Enterprise Partner for Mentoring Success

X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) is delighted to partner with PPL and assist them in their dedication to help UK organisations deliver social impact.  As such, on Tuesday 27 March five PPL employees attended training at XFE offices to become X-Forces Enterprise mentors. X-Forces Enterprise has a bank of mentors; individuals and corporates supporting XFE start-ups. If you are interested and would like to find out more about becoming a mentor for X-Forces Enterprise, please email mentoring@x-forces.com or call 0800 368 9533.
March 21, 2018

X-Forces Enterprise launches business directory for veteran owned businesses

March 2018, London; Martin Wing, Chairman and COO of  X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) was invited to participate at the MOD’s Partnering with Defence Annual Employer Conference held […]
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 19, 2018

The X-Forces Directory – The Vital Link

March 16, 2018

Enterprise Discovery and Business Skills Course for Armed Forces Widows, Widowers and their Dependants

X-Forces Enterprise and the Forces Pension Society Charitable Fund, in close collaboration with the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, the Army Widows’ Association, the Royal Air Force […]
March 14, 2018

X-Forces Enterprise and the Forces Pension Society Charitable Fund join forces to Empower Armed Forces Widows and Dependants

London, March 14;  On Tuesday 13 March 2018 , X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) and the Forces Pension Society Charitable Fund (FPSCF) were joined by guests to launch […]
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 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 22, 2018

Join an X-Forces business start-up adviser in Birmingham for a free one-to-one advice session

Our Business Surgeries are here to give you one-to-one support whether you have a few pressing questions, or want to really understand what running a business […]
February 19, 2018

X-Forces Enterprise Reaches Milestone: Over £11m Lent to the Armed Forces Community!

X-Forces Enterprise is proud to announce that it’s surpassed yet another milestone, having now lent over £11m to the Armed Forces community to help veterans and […]
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 […]
February 9, 2018

Soldiering On Awards 2018 Finalists Reception

Last night saw the 2018 award finalists gather together for a special celebratory reception held at the House of Lords. The evening’s host, Soldiering On Awards […]
January 29, 2018

Join an X-Forces business start-up adviser in Edinburgh for a free one-to-one advice session

Our Business Surgeries are here to give you one-to-one support whether you have a few pressing questions, or want to really understand what running a business […]
January 29, 2018

Lord Digby Jones Pledges Support to X-Forces

On Tuesday 9 January 2018, Lord Digby Jones visited the X-Forces offices in Birmingham, where he met with the team and pledged his support as a […]
January 22, 2018

X-Forces announces exciting new partnership with CS Healthcare

X-Forces is delighted to announce a new partnership with CS Healthcare. X-Forces brings together like-minded organisations to help build a network for our Armed Forces community […]
January 10, 2018

Soldiering On Awards announce Finalists for 2018 Awards

We are delighted to announce the Finalists for the 2018 Soldiering On Awards. Soldiering On Awards President and Vice President and co-Chairs of Judges, General the Lord Dannatt […]
December 18, 2017

X-Forces Beneficiary Olivia Smith Wins Start Up of the Year Award

Royal Marines Spouse and X-Forces Beneficiary Olivia Smith was announced as the winner of the Start Up Loans Company Start Up of the Year Award on […]
December 14, 2017

X-Forces CEO Ren Kapur MBE Chairs Women 100 Panel to Celebrate 100 Years of Women in the Army

On Wednesday, 13th December 2017, X-Forces CEO and Founder Ren Kapur MBE brought together some of the country’s thought leaders, in partnership with the Royal Military […]
December 4, 2017

Royal Marines Spouse Launches New Luxury Pearl Jewellery Collection

In autumn 2017 Royal Marines military spouse Olivia Smith launched Olivia & Pearl, an accessible, luxury pearl jewellery brand and online retailer. Providing collectable, classic and […]
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 – […]
November 10, 2017

X-Forces announces Tesco as advocate of Big Business supporting Small Business campaign

X-Forces has today announced that the retailer Tesco has signed up to become an Advocate of its Big Business supporting Small Business Campaign. X-Forces is the […]
October 26, 2017

X-Forces Launches Bespoke Workshops for Military Spouses with Support from Armed Forces Covenant Grant

X-Forces are proud to be an award-winning social enterprise which supports business start-up learning, funding, mentoring and on-going support for our military community. We are delighted […]
October 26, 2017

X-Forces South West Ambassador, Gareth John Vouches for Entrepreneurial Education

In 2014, Gareth John left the army after seven years in the Royal Engineers (with five years’ service in the Reserves prior to that). Initially intending […]
October 20, 2017

RecruitME Co-Founders Take on New X-Forces Ambassador Role for the East Midlands

Just two short years ago, the East Midlands saw the launch of what has become a multi-award winning recruitment consultancy, RecruitME. Howard Rudder, former member of […]
October 17, 2017

James Lawrence of Ex-MilitaryCareers.com is New X-Forces London Ambassador

James Lawrence, former British Army infantry soldier and co-founder of Ex-MilitaryCareers.com, has officially signed up to be an X-Forces Ambassador for London. Ex-Military Careers’ partnership with […]
October 16, 2017

Sir Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence and Lord Young support the celebrations as X-Forces Help Over 1000 Military Entrepreneurs

Sir Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence offered his support as X-Forces celebrated their 4th Anniversary at HQS Wellington, bringing big business, charity and government […]
October 11, 2017

Curzon & Company Partnership Announcement

We are delighted to have today announced our partnership with Curzon & Company, an award-winning London-based strategy & transformation consultancy. The partnership was officially announced last night, […]
October 9, 2017

X-Forces Receives Gold Award from HRH Prince Harry and the Secretary of State for Defence!

Tonight X-Forces are honoured to receive the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award from HRH Prince Harry and Secretary of State for Defence, Sir Michael Fallon for […]
October 4, 2017

Richard Tucker MBE Joins X-Forces Entrepreneurs and Partners at Celebration

X-Forces are delighted to be in the North East this evening joined by our North East Ambassador, Richard Tucker MBE and a number of our X-Forces […]
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 […]
August 8, 2017

Secretary of State for Defence announces X-Forces Gold Award Winners

The Ministry of Defence today announced the new winners of the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards, its highest badge of honour for organisations which have signed […]
August 7, 2017

X-Forces are Recruiting!

X-Forces are recruiting for a Communications Officer. You will be working within a small executive team based out of our London office close to Victoria Coach […]
July 26, 2017

Take part in our self-employment research project

The motivations and experiences of ex-Service personnel, Reservists and military spouses in self-employment have been historically under-researched. That’s why Forces in Mind Trust commissioned Warwick Institute […]
July 21, 2017
Photo of 2017 Soldiering On Awards winners

X-Forces Business Awards categories open for nominations!

We are pleased to announce that the X-Forces Business Awards categories, as part of the prestigious Soldiering On Awards, are now open for nominations. The Soldiering […]
July 11, 2017
Lee Harris-Hamer, wife Brogan and son Reggie

X-Forces reaches milestone: 1,000 small military businesses supported!

X-Forces is proud to announce that it has officially broken another glass ceiling, having supported 1,000 entrepreneurs, and lent over £9M in seed capital to help […]
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 26, 2017
Supporters holding up Armed Forces Day flag

Big and Small Businesses Celebrate Armed Forces’ Entrepreneurs in Liverpool

On 23 June, X-Forces brought together start-up businesses and large national organisations in Liverpool to celebrate entrepreneurship within the Armed Forces community, locally and nationally. The […]
June 20, 2017
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X-Forces joins key military charities as an expert partner for Veterans’ Gateway

X-Forces is pleased to announce that it is to be an expert partner in the new Veterans’ Gateway service. The Gateway promises to be the first […]
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 […]
June 6, 2017

X-Forces are Recruiting!

X-Forces are recruiting for a Project Support Coordinator. You will be working within a small executive team based out of our London office close to Victoria […]
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 17, 2017

Big Business is Getting Behind Military-owned Start-ups and Scale-ups in the UK

It’s not often that a small business owner gets to meet the Managing Director of a FTSE250 who could turn out to be a potential client, […]
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 […]
May 3, 2017

X-Forces’ Chairman and Award-winning Leadership Consultant, Martin Wing joins X-Forces Executive Management Team

On Thursday 27th April, X-Forces’ Chairman, Martin Wing, was amongst the project leadership team awarded the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) prestigious Project of the Year Award. […]
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 29, 2017

X-Forces Wins Soldiering On Business Enterprise Award!

National Recognition at the Soldiering On Awards 2017 On Friday 24th March, X-Forces was delighted to join members of the Armed Forces, past and present, and those […]
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 25, 2017

X-Forces are Recruiting!

X-Forces are recruiting for a London Office Administrator. The position will primarily be supporting our small executive team based out of our London office close to […]
January 20, 2017

X-Forces Renew their Pledges to Support the Armed Forces Community

Today X-Forces will be renewing their pledges to support the Armed Forces community above and beyond business as usual, by resigning the Armed forces Covenant at […]
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 […]
January 4, 2017

X-Forces Shortlisted for Soldiering On Award

X-Forces are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Business Enterprise Award at the Soldering On Awards Ceremony. Thank you to all our […]
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 14, 2016

Free legal advice for X-Forces businesses

The four hundred entrepreneurs in the X-Forces network will now be able to access free legal advice and expert guidance from Harrison Clark Rickerbys via their legal […]
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 22, 2016

GEW:X-Forces in Gosport with Solent LEP and Caroline Dinenage MP

Caroline Dinenage MP, hosted the Gosport constituency’s first ever Enterprise Fair today as part of Gosport Borough Council’s week-long celebrations for Global Entrepreneurship Week. Local businesses, […]
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 27, 2016

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK: X-FORCES IN GOSPORT

Gosport MP, Caroline Dinenage is hosting a free business support exhibition and networking event in partnership with the Solent LEP and supported by X-Forces, British Marine […]
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 23, 2016

CELEBRATING THE SUCCESS OF ARMED FORCES IN ENTERPRISE

The X-Forces offering – with Lord Young, the former Prime Minister’s Advisor on Enterprise, as its patron – was endorsed in speeches by Lt Gen Richard […]
September 12, 2016

X-FORCES ANNOUNCES LORD YOUNG AS PATRON

Former advisor to the Prime Minister on Enterprise, he supported Ren Kapur CEO to launch a model that has grown into the organisation that X-Forces is […]
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 […]
August 5, 2016

X-FORCES’ BEGINS 3RD ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Last month X-Forces began our 3rd Anniversary celebrations with a small gathering of some of our closest supporters since our launch in 2013. We would like […]
July 28, 2016

X-Forces and ICAEW: Helping you get the best in business advice!

X-Forces is delighted to announce that ICAEW, the institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales, will be supporting X-Forces 3rd Birthday this summer! X-Forces CEO, Ren […]
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 14, 2016

An inspiring week at Blind Veterans UK

X-Forces and Blind Veterans UK joined forces this week to deliver our first ever Business Experience Programme specially adapted for veterans that are blind or visually […]
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 […]
June 10, 2016

X-Forces Founder recongnised in Birthday Honors

The founder and CEO of X-Forces, Ren Kapur, has been recognised by Her Majesty in the Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List. Ren Kapur’s service to the […]
May 31, 2016

BFBS: Ren Kapur on Military spouses in business

X-Forces Founder and CEO, Ren Kapur, was interviewed on BFBS Salisbury Plain about our upcoming Military Spouses in Business workshop in Tidworth. The workshop is being […]
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’ CEO first women of public service finalist

We are delighted to announce that X-Forces’ CEO, Ren Kapur, has been shortlisted in this year’s First Women Awards. The First Women Awards is the UK’s leading […]
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 24, 2016

X-Forces business is shortlisted for best Fife new business 2016

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 […]
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 11, 2016

X-Forces celebrates launch event for Wales in Caerphilly

Today X-Forces are proud to have held their official launch in Wales to celebrate the growing option of enterprise careers for the armed forces across the […]
March 9, 2016

X-Forces supports the Armed Forces Community in Scotland

With the Support of RBS and ABF The Soldier’s Charity, X-Forces was delighted to provide the opportunity of a Start Up Skills Workshop at the RBS […]
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 […]
March 4, 2016

X-Forces Supports Health Conscious Business Jim Jams

Congratulations to Kevin and Kellie Bath for the reception they have received for their healthy spreads and jams business, Jim Jams! This month they have been […]
February 25, 2016

X-Forces celebrates Military spouses

Military spouses are resilient and determined, making ideal entrepreneurs like April Claire, owner of two craft cafés in Cornwall The Craft Box Helston & The Craft Box […]
February 4, 2016

X-Forces Founder, Ren Kapur featured on BFBS

X-Forces Founder and CEO, Ren Kapur, was interviewed on BFBS following the announcement of X-Forces 500th business start-up. Listen to the interview here to find out […]
January 21, 2016

X-Forces celebrates it’s 500th business start-up

The UK’s military community has launched 500 new businesses with the support and guidance offered by X-Forces. Since its launch X-Forces has facilitated £5,307,275 in seed […]
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 […]
December 18, 2015

£5 Million invested in Ex-military start-ups

X-Forces has now facilitated more than five million pounds in seed capital to its entrepreneurs, as an official partner of the government’s Start Up Loans Company. […]
November 20, 2015

X-Forces welcomed by Scotland’s Deputy First Minister

To mark Global Entrepreneurship Week, X-Forces was invited to Edinburgh to meet Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, and showcase some of the new businesses that have been […]
November 12, 2015

X-Forces awarded CTP Enterprise Training Contract

X-Forces has been appointed Business Enterprise Trainer for the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), a partnering agreement between Right Management and the Ministry of Defence. Since October […]
November 11, 2015

X-Forces increases support available in Liverpool

Support for Merseyside’s military community with ambitions in business will be boosted by X-Forces local presence, following collaboration between Liverpool City Council, X-Forces, a social enterprise […]
October 23, 2015

Fund to support Armed Forces business in Solent

Bridging the Gap – Armed Forces is a new, bespoke, fund for the Armed Forces community – service leavers, veterans, family members, spouses, reservists and cadets […]
October 13, 2015

Scottish is giant Dacoll joins Militech programme

Dacoll is the first Scottish firm to partner with X-Forces, and will contribute to mentorship, training and work opportunities for X-Forces candidates. Recipient of the 2015 […]
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

Introducing the Company of Makers The Company of Makers focuses on assisting veterans and their immediate families in and around Hampshire as well as establishing a greater […]
September 30, 2015

Solent LEP launch event

Spaces are available at X-Forces and Solent LEP’s launch event, announcing new growth funds being made available to the Armed Forces community locally. Solent LEP has […]
September 27, 2015

X-Forces meeting in the North East

Brigadier Greville Bibby and X-Forces invited military organisations and business leaders to meet in Newcastle and Catterick today to discuss transition opportunities for service-leavers in the North […]
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 […]
July 7, 2015

Support for Military start-ups surpasses £4 Million

X-Forces has helped to launch 389 new entrepreneurs, to whom £4,129,976 in seed funding has been lent, as an official partner of the government’s Start Up […]
July 3, 2015

Lord Addington joins X-Forces as honorary patron

Lord Addington, 6th Baron Addington, is a supporter of the Armed Forces Community, and has been very active as disability spokesman in the House of Lords. […]
June 16, 2015

Armed Forces Day business conference: Guildford

Armed Forces Day: X-Forces and Guildford Business Day This event is aimed at Service leavers, veterans, families, partners, reservists and cadets interested in starting their own […]