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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 […]
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
Honey Business Sinah Common Honey

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
Military Spouse Jane Fryatt face2faceHR

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
top 3 trending business categories

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
Multi Entrepreneur Steve Cooke Gutters2Glory

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 […]

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