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Need to know? QUEST News is a round-up of reports, case studies and practical guidance to help you stay informed.

Calling the tune
Calling the tune
COVER STORY
Leaving the Forces to focus on running his own events and entertainment-focused business has made Jacob Kelly the (mix) master of his own destiny. And, last summer, the Leeds house music mogul hit the road with an innovative concept and a new companion …
A force for good
A force for good
COVER STORY
Thanks to additional funding received in 2019, Scotty’s Little Soldiers is now able to provide an extra layer of personal support for bereaved British Forces children
The veterans putting positive action in the frame
The veterans putting positive action in the frame
COVER STORY
Pioneering charity The Village operates a unique collaborative programme in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho, which showcases the positive impact of veterans on isolated communities. At this time of year, when we focus on the importance of giving, Quest takes a look at the contribution of a group of veterans who have chosen to give back to locals in a very practical way – turning thoughts into deeds, while also benefiting from the experience themselves
Food for thought?
Food for thought?
COVER STORY
If you’re thinking of launching your own start-up once you leave behind your uniform, the billion-pound business of street food has much to recommend it. Anna Oliver of X-Forces Enterprise pitches up with facts – and plenty of inspiration – for you to chew over …
Shaun Pascoe: Sailing veterans to a brighter future
Shaun Pascoe: Sailing veterans to a brighter future
COVER STORY
Research has long found that the ocean has a calming effect on our minds. The sight and sound of water can put us into a mild meditative state, which helps to lower stress levels, improve mental clarity and give a boost to our health and well-being. One veteran who understands the healing power of the sea is veteran Shaun Pascoe. In this special feature for QUEST, Mark Hardaker describes how, upon leaving the RAF, Shaun used his resettlement fund to learn how to sail and went on to set up a charity to help other Service personnel affected by military operations.
They’re the business!
They’re the business!
COVER STORY
Last month, the second annual British Ex-Forces in Business Awards ceremony saw 900 business and military leaders gather for the world’s largest celebration of military veterans in business. As one of the Awards’ proud sponsors, QUEST is delighted to report on the events of the night and – above all – the 19 inspirational award winners honoured this year for their outstanding achievements in the workplace.
This issue marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of QUEST!
This issue marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of QUEST!
COVER STORY
When the first edition rolled off the press in spring 1999, the aim was for it to be the essential guide to funding, courses, careers and resettlement. Two decades down the line, we hope we’re staying true to that purpose.
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.
The connectors - Helps Former Armed Forces
The connectors - Helps Former Armed Forces
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 - Roger Bradley
Lucky fella - Roger Bradley
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?’
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
I’m with the band
I’m with the band
COVER STORY
… says Ash Loudon, having made the journey from stacking shelves in a Northampton supermarket to launching a unique commemorative bracelet for the Armed Forces community, via an 18-year Army career. The launch of his new product, Valour Band, is the culmination of more than two years’ work and has reinforced his belief that military experience can be the perfect catalyst when faced with unfamiliar challenges.
Game, set and match Keeley!
Game, set and match Keeley!
COVER STORY
Josh Keeley, 26, is something of a recruitment industry superstar. Having joined recruitment company Huntress Search Ltd in June 2016 as a consultant, the ex-Royal Marine has already been promoted four times and now manages an entire department. Undoubtedly one of the company’s biggest hitters, he tells us how he aced his resettlement!
Bag a better future!
Bag a better future!
COVER STORY
Having realised he wasn’t happy to have a boss, Quest’s regular civvy contributor Ryan Mansfield decided to be the boss. And, having found his new ‘roll’ in life, he’s here with the recipe for those of you who feel the same

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