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Enhanced enterprise learning support for the ex-Forces business community
X-Forces Enterprise has announced details of its partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses and launched its new Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Armed Forces community …
X-Forces Enterprise (XFE), the UK’s largest provider of enterprise support to the ex-military in business, recently announced its new partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) as well as the launch of its new XFE Military in Business® Knowledge Exchange Hub (XFE hub).
Says Ren Kapur MBE, founder and CEO, X-Forces Enterprise, ‘XFE and FSB have been working tirelessly over the last year to develop a synergistic support foundation for the Armed Forces business community. The partnership will allow easier entry for start-up and scale-up businesses to have continued support from a membership organisation with the same values as XFE. In addition to this, FSB is a leading voice in lobbying for policy change, including a firm commitment to the Armed Forces, which ensures that the partnership will continue to yield much benefit for XFE beneficiaries across the length and breadth of the UK.’
FACTFILE: What is the XFE hub?
The free-to-use digital XFE hub is a business support platform designed specifically for the Armed Forces community. Complementing the support already offered by XFE, the XFE hub is a one stop shop for all things related to self-employment, including peer-to-peer support, free events and business information.
Those using the hub can also benefit from matching up with a Business Captain who will be an expert in a specific business area and can offer peer-to-peer support and guidance. XFE is currently looking for potential Business Captains, who are being recruited from all sorts of backgrounds. Many of them will be veterans themselves and they will range from XFE ambassadors to experienced entrepreneurs and a whole host of successful business owners from a range of business types – all wanting to give something back to the military community.
Lt General Richard Nugee CB, CVO, CBE and patron of XFE, comments: ‘The partnership with FSB, coupled with the launch of the new Knowledge Exchange Hub, is a fantastic illustration of the growing importance of enterprise learning across the Armed Forces community. The revolutionary XFE hub not only provides peer-to-peer support, it will also inspire experts within both the business and charity sectors to engage, contribute or simply have the reassurance that their beneficiaries are being supported.’
Mike Cherry OBE, FSB national chairman, adds: ‘Having previously served as an Armed Forces Reservist, I am especially proud to support this community. At the Federation of Small Businesses, we already support a significant number of ex-Forces personnel running businesses through FSB membership, and we’d like to support many more to start-up and run a business.
‘Through big business supporting small business, and with the right guidance and support, more Service leavers could join or set up their own small business, bringing vital skills and adding to Britain’s economic prosperity. Many skills learned in the Forces are pertinent to running a business – technical skills, logistics, leadership and management. XFE’s brand-new Knowledge Exchange Hub offers even more guidance to the community, and removes the barriers of time, travel and family commitments giving the military community unparalleled access to business information, knowledge exchange and support.’
‘We are delighted to have a long history of working with X-Forces Enterprise,’ continues Daniel Elser, assistant director of operations at The Royal British Legion. ‘This latest project, to support the development of the new digital hub, will provide our Armed Forces community with easy access to information and guidance on self-employment. This type of online platform is now more relevant than ever while we all navigate through these testing times.’
To see what is available on the XFE hub, or to find out more about matching with or becoming a Business Captain, please click here
X-Forces Enterprise is the UK’s largest provider of enterprise support to the ex-military in business. Support is available to Service leavers, veterans, Reservists, spouses, widows, cadets and dependants aged over 18.
XFE supports the individual throughout their enterprise journey, starting and scaling up their own businesses, offering ongoing support through knowledge exchange, networking and mentoring.
XFE is the industry leader for enterprise training for the Ministry of Defence and is a recipient of the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for outstanding support of the Armed Forces community.
To date, XFE has:
- helped more than 2,000 entrepreneurs launch their own businesses
- supported thousands more through training and events, and mentoring
- provided £19 million-plus of seed funding as an official delivery partner of the government-backed Start Up Loans scheme, with an industry-leading success rate.
To find out more, click here
As the UK’s largest business support group, the Federation of Small Businesses is the voice of the UK’s small businesses and the self-employed. Established more than 40 years ago to help its members succeed in business, FSB is a non-profit-making and non-party political organisation, which is led by its members, for its members. As the UK’s leading business campaigner, FSB is focused on delivering change that supports smaller businesses to grow and succeed.
FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including access to finance, business banking, legal advice and support, along with a powerful voice in government. Each year FSB also runs the UK’s Celebrating Small Business Awards.
More information is available here
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