If you want to take advantage of the flexibility working for yourself offers, you should check out the business start-up support available to the military community.

Business Start-up Programmes

If you’ve got an idea for a business, these programmes will help you make it a reality.

Supporting the Unsung Hero

‘Supporting the Unsung Hero’ Business Start-Up Programme has been developed specifically for Armed Forces families to provide them with transferable skills and support to start and maintain a business. The training is delivered online and in MOD bases across the UK and overseas throughout the year.

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X-Forces Enterprise

X-Forces Enterprise training will help you with the knowledge, understanding and enterprise skills to be able to decide if you want to pursue self-employment, and what your business journey could look will like.

X-Forces runs a variety of training courses, 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.

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Heropreneurs is a not-for-profit military charity providing practical support to those from the military community in their ambition to create their own business. This team provide a free mentoring network guiding you through start-up to scaling.


Forces Families Jobs

If you are a family member of a currently serving UK military personnel, Forces Families Jobs has a list of resources that can support your start-up business. Visit Forces Families Jobs.

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