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Sir Michael Fallon and Lord Young support X-Forces Military Entrepreneurs

Sir Michael Fallon and Lord Young support X-Forces Military Entrepreneurs


11 Oct, 2017

Sir Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence offered his support as X-Forces celebrated their 4th Anniversary at HQS Wellington, bringing big business, charity and government together to celebrate military entrepreneurs and business start-ups.

London, October 10th 2017: X-Forces, an award-winning social enterprise that has helped thousands of Armed Forces entrepreneurs gain enterprise skills and over a 1000 start their own business, was in a celebratory mood last night at their 4th Anniversary. Supported in their celebrations by the Secretary of State for Defence, they brought together guests and military entrepreneurs from across the country at HQS Wellington.

Ren Kapur MBE, founder and CEO of X-Forces said,

“It was fantastic to receive these words of support from the Secretary of State on our 4th Anniversary. Tonight focussed on the many ways our entrepreneurs are supported by X-Forces and our Charity Partners. Collaboration across the Armed Forces community makes a real difference to thousands of veterans, spouses, reservists and their families. Collaboration with our stakeholders; government, charities and corporates underpins success for our beneficiaries. Sir Michael was there at the beginning and has been a long-standing supporter of X-Forces, through his close ties to both the Armed Forces and the Enterprise agenda.”

X-Forces were joined by several of their beneficiaries, who spoke about their experiences of overcoming their own individual challenges to become successful business owners; from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, to the constant relocations that are part and parcel of military life.

John Geden, owner of Sinah Common Honey spoke about his entrepreneurial journey,

“After attending the Help for heroes and X-Forces six-day workshop to develop my brand and learn more about small business development, I’ve been able to turn my fascination for bees into a business that really makes me happy.”

This is especially important, as it was announced last night that X-Forces and Help for Heroes have now supported 100 wounded, injured or sick veterans through their joint Business Experience programme. Carl Marsh, an Army veteran who is embarking on two enterprises, as a swimming instructor and a celebrity biography blogger was the 100th delegate on the programme and will be working alongside both organisations to highlight the importance of enterprise skills for the cohort.

This follows X-Forces announcement earlier this year that through the Start Up Loans Company, they have supported over 1000 businesses to launch with the support of seed-capital, a fund that was only made accessible by X-Forces influencing lending policy in 2013.

The second announcement made on the night by Lt Gen Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence People, was that X-Forces ‘Big Business supporting Small Business’ campaign has successfully made the case to the Armed Forces Covenant team, that including supporting military-owned businesses within their own signatory guidelines was an excellent idea. It is now recommended that any organisation pledging to officially support the Armed Forces community, can do this by buying from military community owned businesses and give them a voice in the procurement process. A big step forward!

You can find out more about X-Forces support to veterans, service leavers, reservists and their families on their website; and across social media.

Ren Kapur MBE, Founder and CEO of X-Forces

“It is incredibly special to bring together the beneficiaries that are on their individual journeys, with the organisations that have supported them alongside X-Forces. This evening we were truly moved by each and every one of our speakers, who encapsulated so beautifully what X-Forces stands for; innovation, collaboration and family.”

Martin Wing, COO and Chairman of X-Forces

“A great evening highlighting wonderful success stories from Neel, Gareth, Howard, Olivia and John – all possible only through the collaboration of many people and many organisations, the catalyst of which is X-Forces”

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