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A lesson in preparation
A lesson in preparation
COVER STORY
Having decided to leave the Armed Forces after 22 years’ service Carl James (Jamo) set about preparing thoroughly for his upcoming move to civvy street. So thoroughly that he began four years before he was due to leave. Music to our ears as that’s something we at Quest are very keen to encourage readers to do. Here he tells us how he did it …
The enterprise effect
The enterprise effect
COVER STORY
Since its launch, X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) – the leading organisation for enterprise in the Armed Forces community – has nurtured and guided more than 1,300 new businesses and facilitated £12.45 million in seed funding. Supporting Service leavers, spouses, Veterans, Reservists, Cadets and dependants to launch their own businesses, it exists to help the whole Armed Forces family. Here, just a few beneficiaries tell their stories …
The connectors
The connectors
COVER STORY
Veterans’ Gateway is a 24-hour service that helps former Armed Forces personnel to navigate their new lives as civilians. But who are the people at the end of the phone line and what is their own experience of resettlement?
Lucky fella!
Lucky fella!
COVER STORY
From fastest chef in the RAF to gym-owning fitness trainer, Roger Bradley seems to have led a charmed life. ‘How many of us are able to find what we want to do in life and follow our dream?’, asks Laurence Marks, renowned sitcom writer and one of Roger’s select clients. Here he takes up the inspiring story of how Roger did just that …
Driven Ms Daisy
Driven Ms Daisy
COVER STORY
Not content with a career as a training consultant in engineering and a more-than-sideline as an international champion powerboat racer, former RA ‘gunner’ Daisy Coleman is also working to encourage young people to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers, to address the national skills gap. ‘With up to 20,000 Service leavers facing the resettlement challenge each year,’ says Daisy, ‘I stand testimony to the fact that there is life beyond the Forces – and that we have a plethora of transferable skills.’
A brush with success
A brush with success
COVER STORY
Veteran Paratrooper and business owner, David Hutchings, along with his wife Jenny, an estate agent, are pursuing a plastic-free lifestyle. In their move to reduce household plastic use they realised that toothbrushes pose some of the biggest difficulties – from forgetting to buy new ones to the problem of sourcing bamboo brushes on the weekly shop. To address such concerns they launched The Pearly White Company, creating a convenient plastic-free version of a product people can’t live without …
Transferable talent recognised
Transferable talent recognised
COVER STORY
On 17 May the inaugural British Ex-Forces in Business Awards ceremony took place at London’s iconic De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, bringing together 500 leaders and stakeholders for the UK’s largest ever celebration of military Veterans in business. As one of the programme’s proud sponsors, QUEST is delighted to bring you this report on the events of the night and – most importantly – the very special Service leavers recognised for their outstanding achievements.
Housing help for the ex-Service community
Housing help for the ex-Service community
COVER STORY
Veterans’ Gateway has partnered with Shelter, the UK’s leading housing and homelessness charity, to raise awareness of some of the key issues faced by the Armed Forces community and how they can access the right information and help with their housing concerns
A new benchmark in support for Veterans
A new benchmark in support for Veterans
COVER STORY
Service leavers seeking employment on civvy street – as well as assistance in areas such as housing, finance and mental health – can now take advantage of a new service: Veterans’ Gateway. It aims to provide a first point of contact for Veterans and their families who need support with a variety of needs. Here we focus on just a handful of those who have already benefited from its help with careers advice and employment
Freestyling  into the future
Freestyling into the future
COVER STORY
With not one, but two, new – and very different – businesses already up and running, ex-soldier Carl Marsh is finding that life as an entrepreneur is going swimmingly

Training See all

Woodward SHE Ltd | Construction
We are a family company which always offers the highest level of customer care. We are an accredited provider of NEBOSH, IOSH and Highfield (HABC) training courses, and are one of the largest providers of NEBOSH courses in the country.
North West, Yorkshire and Humber
The National Extension College | Distance Learning
NEC has a long and successful history of helping forces personnel to develop their careers. With flexible start and finish times, distance learning is ideal for people serving in the armed forces. Your course is available 24/7 and you can access it wherever you are and whenever you like. You study at your own pace and fit your learning in around the rest of your life.
International

Jobs See all

Cyber Security Manager (IT) | Computing & ITCyber SecurityCyber Skills
To help us complete exciting and innovative projects and day-to-day to activities, we are looking for a Cyber Security Manager to lead our response to cyber threats against all Information Technologies (IT)
Anglian Water Services Limited

Univeristy See all

Southampton Solent University | Business Studies
Southampton Solent University is all about creating opportunities: for its students, for its staff, for its partners. It offers expertise and experiences you couldn’t get anywhere else, opening doors and making introductions. We’re focused on the practical side of higher education – giving our students the connections, experience and confidence to turn their newfound knowledge into a career with real, meaningful impact. Whoever you are, whatever your goals, we want to help you make your mark.
International
The College of Osteopaths | Health Care and Nursing
Have you ever thought about working in healthcare? Have you ever considered osteopathy?
Greater London, West Midlands