XFE and FSB | X-Forces Enterprise

Working together to help service leavers consider self-employment as a means to start-up and scale-up businesses. XFE and FSB: Supporting the UK’s armed forces business community. ©UK MOD Crown Copyright 2020


In 2012, X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) had a vision to expand enterprise learning and bring more successful business start-up models to the market. Since then, we have helped over 1,725 entrepreneurs start their own businesses, with over £16,000,000 lent and over 31,000 training hours supplied to help people network, learn and develop.*

Lt. Col Ren Kapur MBE, Founder & CEO of XFE was appointed FSB Volunteer Armed Forces Champion in 2018.

*Stats taken from XFE Activity Report 18-19


The Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) mission is to help smaller businesses and the self-employed to achieve their ambitions. FSB offers its members a powerful voice which is heard in governments, at all levels, as well as a range of inclusive vital business services and products; these range from business banking and access to finance, to legal advice and Inland Revenue Inspection (HMRC) cover. FSB also delivers hundreds of networking events across the UK every year as well as running the UK’s annual FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards.

Why we’re partnering with FSB

One of XFE’s key values is collaboration. It is paramount to us that we provide the optimum solutions to our beneficiaries and the armed forces in business. We are delighted to be partnering with FSB who are instrumental in providing services and guidance to ensure that businesses can prosper beyond the seed and start-up phase of their evolution. XFE provides support during the Seed; Start and Sustain periods. We have a trusted partner in FSB and they will continue to grow XFE businesses and widen their network further.

Membership Offer

FSB and X-Forces Enterprise have partnered up to offer a 25% discount on FSB membership to members of the Military Community. This offer is available to new FSB Business Essentials members who sign up by 31 December 2020 through this promotion.

A Force For Business

XFE and FSB have already collaborated on various activities, for example in 2018 producing an insightful policy report: A Force For Business into the business landscape for service leavers and small business.

The report identified the number of veterans currently running their own businesses, the common barriers they may face when trying to kick-start their business idea, and also the key personality traits that can make veterans such effective entrepreneurs.

This policy report forms an important element of FSB’s partnership with X-Forces Enterprise, and our shared mission to help service leavers consider self-employment as a means to start-up and scale-up businesses.

Mike Cherry OBE, FSB Chairman


Ren Kapur MBE, FSB's Armed Forces Champion


Proud Signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant

As proud signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant, and with XFE maintaining the Gold Alumni Standard, both FSB and XFE have made a commitment to recognising the value that serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to the UK small business community, including FSB members and XFE beneficiaries.

Get 25% off the cost of FSB membership

X-Forces Enterprise and FSB are working together to offer a 25% discount on FSB membership to members of the Military Community, including Service Leavers, Veterans, Reserves, spouses and family members. Access to the offer will also require applicants sign up to the XFE Knowledge Exchange Hub for free, which our X-Forces advisor will walk you through once your form has been submitted. This offer is available to new FSB Business Essentials members who sign up by 31 December 2020 through this promotion, terms and conditions apply. This membership offer supports FSB’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

To take advantage of this offer, submit your details below, we’ll check the details and be in touch with your discount code

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