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Key skills
Key skills
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Do you have a business idea in your head that just won’t go away? Are you imagining a life beyond uniform where you control your own destiny and become your own boss? I remember it well,’ says regular QUEST contributor, Steve Bulleyment, director of specialist auto locksmith company Car Key Man. And, to celebrate 15 years of running his own business, he’s here with 15 tips to support you on your own journey.

The perfect fit for Forces families
The perfect fit for Forces families
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Recruit for Spouses is an independent social enterprise that is dedicated to supporting, championing and finding gainful employment for spouses and partners of members of our Armed Forces – and getting talent back into the workforce

Happy in your own company?
Happy in your own company?
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Of all the challenges you’ll face in starting your own business, loneliness may be the hardest to cope with, says Steve Bulleyment, director of Lincolnshire-based specialist auto locksmith company Car Key Man and Quest’s self-employment guru

Street food start-ups
Street food start-ups
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As a nation, we are big foodies. Whether we are gorging on TV shows like MasterChef or The Great British Bake Off, or queuing up to try the new healthy juice bar in town, everyone wants good food and they want it now. But street food is not only a huge hit among customers looking for a more fun and convenient way of dining, it is also a great way for budding chefs to take the leap into entrepreneurship …

Furthering her career
Furthering her career
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In its first year, the Further Forces programme has helped people from all roles within the Armed Forces to find new careers as teachers of post-16 students. Hannah Payne, currently undertaking a work placement as a lecturer at Hartpury College, is just one of them …

A life lived in colour
A life lived in colour
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Stoll resident and former WREN Mollie Macartney (pictured centre) – still an action woman at 94!

A business to suit you
A business to suit you
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Thinking about starting a business when you leave the Forces? ‘We’re going to look at the differences between being self-employed and running a business,’ says regular QUEST contributor, Steve Bulleyment, director of specialist auto locksmith company Car Key Man. ‘They may look like the same thing on the outside, but they’re completely different animals …’

The value of veterans
The value of veterans
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Civilian employers should welcome veterans to their workforce says Ahmed Al-Nahhas, head of the military team at London-based law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp. Here he explains why …

Support, structure, stability … Stoll
Support, structure, stability … Stoll
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When injuries forced Mac to leave Service life behind, he was distraught. Finding himself without a home and needing to regain some stability in his life, he reached out to Stoll …

Antisocial media
Antisocial media
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‘When you start a business, advisors will tell you to use your time to build up a presence on social media,’ says regular QUEST contributor, Steve Bulleyment, director of specialist auto locksmith company Car Key Man. ‘After all, it’s free advertising. But are you ready to waste all that time? And are you ready to become public property?’ This month, Steve examines the truth about social media in business …

Is your family leaving the services?
Is your family leaving the services?
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The transition period between the point of activating your departure from the Armed Forces to handing in your military ID card on your final day can be an unsettling time for any Service leaver, but what about the impact it has on your family? Luckily Veterans’ Gateway is on hand with advice and support. Read on to find out more …

Take charge of your transition
Take charge of your transition
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How can you approach your resettlement and transition journey in a successful and positive way? ‘The best and most practical advice I can offer is this: ask for help,’ says Ahmed Al-Nahhas, head of the military team at London-based law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp. And he’s here with some sound advice on how to do just that.

Learning for life Making learning work for you
Learning for life Making learning work for you
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Speaking at the World Education Conference in January 2019, the English Education Minister, Damian Hinds MP, [1] said: ‘It’s not only that a good education helps you find skilled, rewarding work. It’s that everyone should have a chance to discover the joy that comes through learning.’ Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma students know from personal experience the joy of learning and the important role it plays in their personal development.

SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 3: No offer? No problem!
SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 3: No offer? No problem!
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Want to find your ideal job? Need to be able to prepare an excellent CV, answer tough interview questions and impress prospective employers? Lynn Williams, author of Ultimate Job Search, is on hand some more useful advice to power up your job search …

Supporting Veterans in times of crisis
Supporting Veterans in times of crisis
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Veteran and Stoll resident Tina Fairbrass shares her story of how she overcame an extremely difficult time in her life

Things I wish I’d known …
Things I wish I’d known …
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Thinking about starting a business when you leave the Forces? Regular QUEST contributor, Steve Bulleyment, director of Lincolnshire-based specialist auto locksmith company Car Key Man, takes us through the top five things he wishes he’d known before striking out on his own – in the hope they’ll help you decide if starting a business is one of your options too!

Avoid the umbrella trap
Avoid the umbrella trap
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Former Royal Engineer Rob Burgess (pictured) tells us about the pitfalls of umbrella companies for self-employed contractors – and how he can help you avoid them

SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 3: No offer? No problem!
SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 3: No offer? No problem!
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Want to find your ideal job? Need to be able to prepare an excellent CV, answer tough interview questions and impress prospective employers? Lynn Williams, author of Ultimate Job Search, is on hand some more useful advice to power up your job search …

New year, new possibilities
New year, new possibilities
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A new year often brings the chance to think about our potential. With that in mind, find out how the Access to Higher Education Diploma opens up study opportunities for those with a Services background …

Reach out, we’ll be there
Reach out, we’ll be there
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How one man benefited from Stoll’s Veterans’ Outreach Service

Training Courses See all

Batalas Ltd | Aviation
We were founded in 1962 and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in auditor training. Our courses enable delegates to learn new skills and knowledge whilst gaining a professional qualification.
International, Nationwide
The Business School (UK) Ltd | Distance Learning
The Business School is a first-class professional development provider, delivering the highest calibre of training to the highest standards. We specialise in the provision of learning and development to military audiences – indeed this was our driver for setting up the business in 2014. We are ELCAS, Cyber Essentials and ISO:9001 approved. The courses listed below all attract ELC and SLC funding, and there are specific mapped options for particular trades.
International, Nationwide
Animal Jobs Direct | Animal Courses
Animal Courses Direct (part of Animal Jobs Direct), is the largest organisation in the UK offering Ofqual government regulated animal courses.
International, Nationwide
Informa Connect | Distance Learning
The first transnational counter-terrorism online course to provide individuals, military and police, as well as public and private sector organisations with an understanding of the latest thinking on terrorism and homeland security.
International, Nationwide
The Management Development Network (MDN) | Coaching & Mentoring
MDN delivers bespoke qualification programmes in Management & Leadership and Coaching & Mentoring via distance learning for all levels of skills and abilities, from Team Leaders at Level 2 up to Strategic Managers at Level 7. The qualifications are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and help to translate workplace experience into recognisable qualifications that are known and valued by employers. We work on a 1:1 basis, supporting learners in making the most of their previous experience and translating this into current learning via a distance learning programme. For the more experienced managers we also offer the prestigious CMI Award of “Chartered Manager” (CMgr).
International, Nationwide

Latest Jobs See all

BAE Systems Saudi Arabia | AviationDefence StudiesEngineering - Electrical / ElectronicEngineering - Mechanical
When you’re considering working and living in Saudi Arabia, we appreciate that you’ll be taking all kinds of factors into account. The anticipation of discovering a new way of life is exciting and probably prompts many questions. BAE Systems has been present in Saudi Arabia for over 50 years. Over that time, we have successfully relocated many employees and we would like to give you a flavour of what they’ve experienced.
BAE Systems Saudi Arabia
Diversey - TASKI Technical Support Engineer​ | Facilities Management Health Care and Nursing Motor IndustryRetail
This role sits within the Technical Customer Services and you will be responsible for the service and repair of floorcare machines and associated floorcare equipment within defined OTIF and First time Fix targets and to the Customer’s satisfaction.
Diversey - TASKI Technical Support Engineer​
Bulldog Publishing Sales Exec | Sales
Bulldog Publishing Ltd has been established for over 20 years, with the sole purpose of providing forces leavers and serving personnel with up to date and accurate information on education, resettlement, and recruitment. Our market leading publications are well respected within the military community, and our readers play an active part in providing us with the feedback that keeps us at the forefront of military publishing.
Bulldog Publishing Media Sales Exec
Transport For London (TFL) | Transport & LogisticsTransport Management
The Compliance, Policing and On-street Services (CPOS) Directorate delivers integrated pan-TfL enforcement, compliance, policing, security and community safety functions in support of our transport priorities. We provide uniformed services across TfL, be it one of our circa 2,500 police officers or our own uniformed officers, we lead on workplace violence and aggression ensuring a pan modal approach to ensure our network is safe, and to support and look after our people who work in some of the most challenging environments
Transport For London
Mid Level Java Developer | Computing & IT
We are looking for a focus purely on Java skills - we need to make sure they have commercial experience and evidence of what they have done in their previous role.

University See all

Leeds Beckett University | Computing & IT
Leeds Beckett University provides degree and post graduate learning in many subject areas and most courses offer both full-time and part-time routes of study.
North West
Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London | Distance Learning
The Blizard Institute is home to a lively postgraduate community, and its Postgraduate Taught (PGT) programmes are led by experts and informed by the latest research. We offer courses both in-house and through Distance Learning, with The Blizard Institute having the largest proportion of distance learning courses found within Queen Mary University of London. We have a wide range of PGT courses run by several of our Centres within the Blizard, which focus on knowledge, theory, research methodology and practical application.
Greater London
University of Hull | Health & Safety
Founded in 1927, the University of Hull has been changing the way people think for 90 years. As England’s 14th-oldest university, we have a proud heritage of academic excellence, and a history of creating and inspiring life-changing research.
Yorkshire and Humber
Edinburgh Business School | Accountancy & Book Keeping
Edinburgh Business School is the School of Business of Heriot-Watt University. We have been delivering postgraduate management education to our students for over 25 years.
International, Scotland
University College of Estate Management | Construction
UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment, with over 95 years’ experience of providing the highest quality learning opportunities. At any one time, we have more than 3,500 students from more than 100 countries benefiting from our qualifications taught by tutors with extensive industry experience.
International