Welcome to the X-Forces Podcast
For more than six years the X-Forces Enterprise team has been providing support to Service leavers and members of the military community in order to help them develop the skills and find the finance they need to either become self-employed or to start their own business.
This series of podcasts is dedicated to the incredible men and women who have demonstrated bravery and resilience not only by playing their part in protecting our country’s interests, but also in starting out on their own business ventures.
They will tell you about some of the incredible experiences they have had and the difficulties they have overcome in order to achieve their goals. They will also share their tips on how they achieved their own successes and some of the mistakes they made along the way.
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Force of Nature: Karen Tracey
In celebration of International Women’s Week, our next podcast champions ‘force of nature’ Karen Tracey, who is our Military in Business Ambassador for the West Midlands. Karen has enjoyed three careers, so far, nine years in the military, 20 years in corporate business and, more recently, her own business. In fact *2020 marks the 10th anniversary of her business, developing and training senior business leaders. Karen is one of XFE’s key allies, always willing to give up her time to help and support others. In Karen’s words ‘I think every entrepreneur is a role model to other entrepreneurs’.
*This podcast was pre-recorded in 2019
Rt Hon Lord Young – Start Up Pioneer
Pioneer of the Government’s Start Up Loans Scheme and X-Forces Enterprise Patron, the Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham CH
A fascinating listen to Lord Young’s personal story and passion for enterprise for youth and community groups, spanning 40 years, including the role he played in Margaret Thatcher’s government to reignite the enterprise economy. Incredibly insightful – and full of Lord Young’s trademark understated wisdom.
Keith May – Accounting Services
Former Warrant Officer Keith May tells how he capitalised on education support available whilst serving in the Armed Forces and qualified as an accountant. With transition support of X-Forces Enterprise, he has gone on to set up his own accountancy practice and in turn, now helps members of the Armed Forces community.
Mandy Small, Mother of 2019 Soldiering On Awards Winner, Jamie
Hear how 9 year old Jamie Small, determined to make the tragic death through suicide of his father, Chris , into a way of helping others. We are privileged and humbled to hear Jamie and his mother Mandy’s story through Mandy’s interview with Ren Kapur. And in particular, how something so sad can, in Mandy’s words, be turned into something amazing.
*Please note this podcast was recorded in 2019. Mandy’s SSAFA event, cited in the podcast, will take place on March 14th 2020. Tickets for purchase are available here.