• 03/06/2019 11:00:00

FSB and X-Forces invite businesses to Armed Forces Covenant event

  • Tom Tugendhat MP and Ren Kapur MBE to discuss the benefits ex-forces personnel bring to industry at a Tunbridge Wells’ event on 21 June 2019.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in partnership with X-Forces Enterprise (XFE)  is inviting business owners to hear from Tom Tugendhat MP alongside Ren Kapur MBE, Barry Thompson of Me:Now; Kate Lole from the Ministry of Defence; Shaun Micallef-Green of The Rift Group and Lisa Marr from Veterans Employment Transition Support (VETS) at a special event in the run up to Armed Forces Day.

1,200 start-ups have been born out of the military community over the past four years, according to XFE. With around 925,000 veterans of working age, FSB Area Leader Deborah Turner says there are opportunities for many more to start their own business following military service.

Deborah Turner says: “Many skills learned in the forces are absolutely key to running a business – technical skills, logistics, leadership and management. Plus, of course, tenacity and resilience. Plus, with one third of firms struggling to recruit, an open recruitment policy is essential for businesses to thrive. This event will highlight ways in which both businesses and ex-forces personnel can benefit.”

FSB Members Debbie Scott of Scott Communications, and Dominic Offord of TN4 have volunteered their time to curate the event.

Debbie Scott says: As an FSB member and former Naval reservist, I was delighted to hear that FSB supports X-Forces. It can be hard to find the right support and advice on leaving military service. We hope to raise awareness of the expert skills and resilience ex-forces members can bring to business, as well as show how businesses can do more to support those leaving the armed forces by signing up to the Covenant.”

Dominic Offord says: “When I left the Navy I knew I had useful leadership and strategy setting skills but knowing what to do with them, and where to work next, was difficult. Organisations such as FSB and X-Forces can literally be a lifeline to those of us wanting to continue to contribute to society, but in a different way from service.”

Armed Forces Event

Business owners, managers and ex-Forces personnel of all ranks are invited to join the panel debate and event:

Friday 21 June 2019

The Ephraim Suite, Royal Wells Hotel, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells

08.45am to 12 noon

Free to attend.

To book email sarah.lilly@fsb.org.uk or register here http://bit.ly/2YlPE0a