X-Forces have joined with the team behind the incredibly successful ‘Screw it, just do it’ series to produce podcasts dedicated to the men and women from the Armed Forces Community who have followed their dreams and made a success of civilian life…

This unique series brings out the illuminating and inspiring personal stories behind some of the highlights of the last 6 years, outlined below:

  • 1725 Business owners supported with launch and growth aspirations
  • £16 Million of seed funding as official partner of the Government’s Start Up Loans Scheme
  • UK-leading 93% success rate of micro-financing
  • 29% Female members: exceeding the UK national average for women in enterprise
  • 13% spouses supported within 2018/19 year

Hear from:

  • PJ Farr, UK Connect; the former soldier that built a multi-million-pound communications firm
  • Hannah Saunders, Toddle Born Wild; RAF service-leaver and spouse whose family’s love of the outdoors led to spotting a gap for toddlers’ skin protection
  • John Geden, Sinah Common Honey; Royal Military Police Officer who channelled his rehabilitation and bee-keeping hobby into a business
  • Nigel Seaman, Combat2Coffee; ethical coffee business helps others who may need support
  • David Smith, Cross Fit Spitfire: RAF veteran who took his passion for fitness and created a community-based fitness studio
  • Ren Kapur MBE Interview: The series starts with an interview with Ren Kapur; sharing her personal journey and how this shaped her joint passions for enterprise and the armed forces community

Lt. Col. Ren Kapur MBE said: “It has been a privilege to spend time with our beneficiaries recording their stories and my own. There is a unique thread in each story; how the ethos, skills and attributes developed in service are equally relevant in supporting life into work after service.

“I am proud that over 6 years XFE’s collaborative model, mirroring the Armed Forces bond of community and shared values through our on-going hand rail of support, continues to safeguard the highest outcomes in enterprise, with results unmatched throughout the UK.”

Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham CH: “Over the past few decades the economy has become a small firms’ economy and this plays right into the strengths of many of our beneficiaries who are taking advantage of the help we can give them to work for themselves.

“It is wonderful to hear in the podcasts how their enterprise achievements have also led to personal fulfilment for them and their families and the economy as a whole. I’m sure their stories will be an inspiration to many. I also thank Ren Kapur for sharing her personal story, providing insight into the passion and drive behind the ground-breaking organisation that I am proud to be patron of.”

Learn more about the XFE podcast series here.