Businesses run by our spouses

We like to support the network of our military family members who run their own businesses either a spouse or a new business start up from those among us who have Served.

Business directory (alphabetical order)

Admin (virtual)

Advance Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant company that provides reliable, professional and punctual administrative help when you need it. So whether you are looking for help with a few tasks, a one-off project or support on a regular basis, Advance can help you. There’s also a news story online promoting Paula Edwards’ business.

Strawberry Office

Strawberry Office is run by the wonderful Anne Clarkson from her base in Lincoln, UK. This virtual assistant company offers one-to-one PA support to business owners keen to achieve their goals.

General 

Based near Swindon, Brightwood Training provides team development solutions for business and also forest school and outdoor learning qualifications.

Doddl Cutlery Sets

These sets are for children (12 months+) making meal times easier. The unique design of the handles allows Doddl cutlery to sit comfortably within the child’s palm. Run by ex-RAF servicewoman, Rosie Phelps and her sister, Catherine Dodd this cutlery is the result of a two-year journey through research, design and manufacturing. The cutlery sets are the first of their kind.

KestrelQAS Health, Safety and Quality Assurance

Former RAF Avionics Engineer, Scott Keegan’s business provides businesses with a one-stop solution for its health, safety and quality assurance needs.

Madmade Cakes

With a family history in the RAF, Madeline started her own business ‘Madmade Cakes’ through her long-time love of baking. Having turned her love of baking into a business, Madeline has grown her list of clients over a number of years starting with her own family and friends expanding to the point where she has had to expand into a business to keep up with demand.

Petal and Stalk Floral Design

Award winning florist located in Navenby, Lincolnshire who also runs classes for individuals or groups to get involved with. Flower classes during Autumn 2018 (£55-60) or Christmas wreath making classes (£60 each) at the end of November, and early December.

Pressed for Time Cleaning

A team of cleaning professionals who can provide expert cleaning to your home or business in and around the Carterton area, Oxfordshire. Can also be hired to clean office space, garages, builder’s domestic sites and military properties.

Scrumptious Bakes by Emma

Based in Hampshire, Emma offers beautiful, bespoke bakes via a collection and hand-delivery service for all occasions; from anniversaries, birthdays, christenings and weddings to gifts and get-together bites to enjoy with friends and family.

Gifts

Asali Designs

Aviation inspired leather gifts made from genuine leather and those in the military range hold a genuine license from the MOD. A portion of revenue from every sale is donated to selected charities. Choose from military collections such as the Red Arrows, Tyhoon, BBMF, 7 Squadron and more recently the Chinook range.

Candles

Anna lruns her own business, alongside being a military wife and mum to her two children as an Independent PartyLite Consultant. Why not book your own party with Anna via PartyLite. We’ve also provided an online news story promoting Anna’s candles which shares a little more information, not to mention good tips on setting up on your own, in whatever field.

The Forces Gift Store

Run entirely run by ex-members of the British armed forces and their families to provide a flexibly convenient military gift service, so you can send a little something to say I miss you and trust that it will get there.

ginger rainbow 

Choose a colouring-in gift for your child(ren) and adults such as ‘Pillowcases With Love’ for your son or daughter to colour in, write on it and send to your deployed loved one. You can also buy greetings cards through the online shop. Amy also runs her own blog with some interactive things you can do with your children.

Home is Where

Selling unique printed personalised products in around military life.

House of JAN

A luxury handbag and luggage brand. As a child, raised in two different regions of America, Jessica Consterdine’s creative interests varied between the beautifully contrasting homes.

Splendid Fred

A handmade gift company making custom or personalised items such as wooden toy boxes, memory boxes, pictures, baubles, bunting and lots more!

Graphic Design

Design Jessica

From her studio on the edge of the Cotswolds, Jess lovingly creates bespoke designs for a diverse range of clients including charities, sports teams and local businesses. The Forces Enterprise Network, a team of forces-related businesses; use Jess as a Brand Advisor, using her skills and experience to make sure everything looks as great as possible and has a professional finish. Jess also runs The InDependent Spouse a series of weekly podcasts for the military spouse business owner.

Ink

With over 15 years experience in the design industry and a plethora of high end clients, (Center Parcs, BMW and The National Trust, to name a few) Sarah-Anne took the step a little over 5 years ago to set up her own business. With an expertise in design-for-print and a passion for typography, she was excited to see how Ink would advance. Many clients have worked with Ink since the beginning and they now treat her as an extension of their team. Sarah-Anne adds, “Good design is all about good communication and working directly with myself rather than account handlers, this ensures clients receive clear communication throughout the design process and great results are achieved. This has definitely been a USP for Ink and I’m looking forward to what the future has in store.”

Health and Wellbeing

Arden Aesthetics

GP, Lucy Evriviades is married to a RAF Surgeon

Lucy’s business is Arden Aesthetics, is a medical aesthetics clinic offering treatments including wrinkle relaxing injections and dermal fillers, as well as prescription-only skin care treatment products and general skin care advice.

Beatrice Pattenden Fitness

Get fit, have fun! Supporting mums from all over the world to improve their fitness, lose weight and feel great by creating online and face-to-face personalised fitness and nutrition programmes.

OneFitMama UK (Oxfordshire)

RAF spouse, Carlene runs the Oxfordshire classes of this national franchise, bringing OneFitMama classes closer to home and being able to help mums feel good about themselves. Classes include OneFitBump, OneFitMama and OneFitCore.

Right Path Coaching

Bristol based coach, Sam has a talent for optimising the performance of students, employees and customers. Formerly an education and training officer in the Army for over 17 years, as well as being an RAF spouse, Sam has a real passion for assisting others in their own personal development, empowering, challenging and inspiring them to achieve their goals. She works within the public and private sector, as well as working as a volunteer mentor with the charity Supporting Wounded Veterans.

The InDependent Spouse Blog

The weekly InDependent Spouse podcast is a series of fun, informative podcasts for the military spouse business owner run by Jess Sands (who also runs her own graphic design company, DesignJessica).

Reading

Stay Calm and Content

by Cat Williams

Cat Williams is a relationship counsellor, writer, blogger, speaker, British Army wife, mother and the author of ‘Stay Calm and Content No Matter What Life Throws At You’ which has multiple 5* Amazon reviews.  She has accompanied her husband to many locations and has had the pleasure and privilege of talking to hundreds of people about their common but difficult issues, and of helping those people come through them as calmly and contentedly as possible.

Poppy Day

by Amanda Prowse, a Service wife, foreword by Carol Vorderman

“Poppy and Martin are untied by an unshakable love that blossomed in the school playground. On Martin’s first tour of Afghanistan Poppy’s world is turned upside down when she receives the knock on the door that every Service family dreads. A story that moves from the streets of East London tothe plains of Afghanistan, the young couples’ devotion is tested in ways they could not have imagined. Poppy and Martin learn the bitter lession that every decision carries a consequence and raises the question…”

My Daddy’s Going Away – but that’s okay

by Major Christopher MacGregor

“Daddies often have to go away from home and leave their family and children behind.  Whether a soldier, sailor, airman – all Dads have to go away sometimes and temporary separation affects the whole family.   Whatever he does, and no matter why Dad has to leave home, it is hard on all the family.  If Dad’s departure is understood, his absence is more likely to be accepted and this will reduce anxiety.  The book and the website will hopefully help you and your children talk through the stressors of paternal separation and find ways to lessen the anxiety that is often felt across the family.”

Demons in the Dark

by Tom Atkins a current member of 8 Sqn at Waddington

“While the stories recounted in crew rooms today are many and varied, the stories I heard from the old boys who flew the heavy bombers really put us modern day flyers back in our box. I wanted a way to recount these stories so that they would not be forgotten..”

The Perfect Neighbours

A dark and twisty psychological thriller of dark secrets and domestic lies. From a rising star in the genre, perfect for fans of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR. Written by RAF spouse, Rachel Sargeant.

Promoting your businesses 

If you have a business that you would like to advertise through here and you are member of the armed forces community, please email your information to enquiries@raf-ff.org.uk

Forces Enterprise Network Business Community Logo

As well as the list below, the Forces Enterprise Network, among other things, runs a Business Community where you will find news of its latest business support offerings along with access to a Forces Enterprise Network Hub and Business Directory – a network of businesses from throughout the tri-service military community.