Starting your own business

The Unsung Hero Business Start-up Programme

Run by the University of Wolverhampton, the 10-month business training and mentoring support programme is available to the families of armed forces personnel, veterans and reservists. Provided at no cost regardless of location.

Former RAF FF colleague and military spouse, Jo Wilkinson set her own business up using this course and you can read her article in Envoy online (pgs 34-35).

Training with X-Forces

X-Forces’ training has been developed to you as a delegate the knowledge, understanding and enterprise skills to be able to decide if you want to pursue self-employment, and what your unique business journey look will like.

X-Forces runs a variety of training courses, either standard or configured to particular beneficiary needs. All of these courses are supported by strategic partners to ensure that delivery is free of charge to you. Available for service leavers as well as spouses or partners.

Go to X-Forces for Training, Mentoring and Funding and ongoing support.

Run your business through a Military Coworking Hub

For a minimal fee, you can work, study or run your business through a fully equipped office space on a military base where families can work. Make new friends, share and access information, collaborate and grow.

There are hubs setting up in different locations and the numbers are growing. More information can be found through The Military Coworking Network. Currently RAF Leeming and RAF Leuchars have hubs ready to join. Watch this space for facilities in progress at RAF Brize Norton, MOD Shrivenham, Helensburgh and Sandhurst.