Supporting the Next Generation of Veteran Entrepreneurs

The OA and X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) are to launch a series of self-discovery workshops for officers and their spouses keen to launch their own business ideas.

The one day workshops will help attendee’s kick-start their business ideas and discover if working for yourself is the right next career move. As well as giving an insight into the pros and cons of self-employment, the workshops provide an opportunity to also consider the wider impact on family and finances.

Key to the success of the workshops and their impact is the networking opportunities and mentoring support offered to every participant for 12 months after attending. This crucial support offers access to regional peer-to-peer support within the XFE community.

The workshops will be run by XFE, specialists in providing business start-up support to former military personnel and their families. XFE has helped to launch over 1,300 businesses for the Armed Forces Community, and achieved the Gold Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

Lee Holloway, Chief Executive Officer at the OA, said:
“We know that officers have the skills and experiences to launch their own successful businesses, or become freelance consultants. I am delighted we’re working with XFE to develop this potential, which helps us support business enterprise and further extends our employment services provision.”

Ren Kapur MBE, Founder and CEO of XFE, said:
“With 1 in 7 people considered to be self-employed, it makes sense for us to be working with the OA to provide our enterprise expertise for officers and their spouses. We are looking forward to supporting more entrepreneurs as they work to launch new businesses and careers after military service.”

The workshops will take place in London and are open to serving and former officers as well as their spouses. You can now apply for the following dates:

9 May 2019
26 June 2019

There will be additional workshops later in the year.