Officers Explore Self-Employment in New Workshop

The first Self-Employment Discovery Workshop, designed for former Armed Forces officers and their spouses, has been met with positive feedback from attendees.

The workshop was delivered by X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) in partnership with the OA. The one-day events help attendees kick-start their business ideas and discover if working for yourself is a viable career move.

The potential opportunities in different industries were explored, including Food and Drink and Cyber Security. In addition to providing business insight, the workshops encouraged attendees to consider the wider impact of self-employment on family and finances.

Among the nine attendees, one husband and wife team is already trading and several are developing business plans. Other people in the group intend on developing careers in Consultancy.

The feedback from attendees was positive and one said: “I liked the pace and the way the course was interactive. The content was excellent and really helpful. I feel encouraged to keep going in the business.”

All attendees will receive mentoring support from XFE for the next 12 months. This includes access to regional peer-to-peer support within the XFE community.

Ren Kapur MBE, XFE CEO and founder, said: “Working with the OA to provide enterprise training to former officers, and also their spouses, is a breakthrough collaboration and we are delighted that Lee Holloway and the OA share our passion for business skills as an essential part of post-military career development.”

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.”

Interested in Self-Employment?

The next Self-Discovery Employment Workshop takes place in London on Wednesday 26th June.

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