Business Start Ups

Forces Families Jobs Explores: Self-Employment

Take a look at our webinar to explore your options with three amazing free training providers – Heroprenuers, Supporting the Unsung Hero & X-Forces:


Barclays - Eagle Labs

We're here to support the brightest and the best. We incubate, inspire, and educate UK founders, startups, and scale-ups, helping them succeed and grow. Barclays Military and Veterans Outreach (MVO) has partnered with their Eagle Labs to ensure the Armed Forces community is supported in connecting, innovating, and growing their businesses. Whether you’re a startup or a scale-up, we have the network and resources to assist you in succeeding. This is achieved through various programmes, one-to-one coaching and mentoring from experts, and industry-specific events. 

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

For over 10 years, our MVO initiatives have supported the Armed Forces community to learn more about – and take steps towards building – careers beyond the military, and ultimately land the right job. Barclays’ innovative approach has been recognised by the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme, with Barclays being awarded the highest level Gold Award. This support has been recognised in the US through the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

Visit the Eagle Labs site to find out more. 


BFBS Academy (SMS Spouses)

Free & Online

Social Media Spouses is a training programme offered by the BFBS Academy. It's the UK’s first free online social media training programme for the spouses and partners of full-time HM Forces personnel. The course is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. Social Media Spouses addresses a real need amongst military spouses and partners to obtain the skills required to find flexible and interesting work that fits around military and family life. As well as being the first dedicated course to offer detailed training on how to use social media to grow a business, or find a career in social media.

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

BFBS recognises the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business. We will seek to uphold the principles of the AFC by:

  1. supporting and enhancing the morale, welfare and sense of community, interests and effectiveness of the Armed Forces community by providing entertainment, comms, information, online communities, training and other related activities;
  2. promoting and supporting the Armed Forces and the work they undertake to the general public via our TV, radio, and digital channels;
  3. supporting the up-skilling and employment of veterans, service leavers and families of those currently serving by offering training programmes, which launched in 2017 with the Forces Media Academy.
  4. striving to support the employment of Service spouses and their partners across our bases in the UK and overseas;
  5. endeavouring to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner's deployment;
  6. seeking to support our employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible;
  7. offering support to our local cadet units, either in our local community or in local schools, where possible;
  8. aiming to actively participate in Armed Forces Day by promoting and championing the work of the Armed Forces;
  9. raising money for a number of Forces charities through the 'Big Salute'.

Visit the SMS Spouses site to find out more.



Free & Online


At Heropreneurs we provide assistance with practical aspects of starting up a new business venture including support from a dedicated mentoring team, with expert advice on maximising impact and building a sustainable business model.


Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

We exist to support the UK military family, celebrating and rewarding the energy, passion and dedication, of our British Armed Forces Community looking to forge a new path in business.

Visit the Heropreneurs site to find out more. 


Military Coworking Network (MCN)

The mission of the MCN is simple - to provide military spouses and partners of serving personnel across any of the services, the means, the opportunity, and the support they need to achieve their full career potential and maintain independent, professional lives alongside military life.

We achieve this by working in partnership with other organisations whose mission it is to make family life in the military easier, and via our community of military spouses because this is a community that works for the community, gives back to the community, and supports the community.  Our members are the backbone of the MCN – our success is their success.

How do we know what they need?  Because these are our stories too – we are the military spouses. The MCN has been built by us, for us. 

How do we do this? We achieve this via our Online Community and our Coworking Hub Network.

Our Online Community enables our members to link up with people who share their values, understand the challenges they face, and can relate to the problems they experience. Through the many networking opportunities we offer, they can rebuild their support network and make meaningful friendships that can last a lifetime.  Here they have access to a wide range of resources, including career and business support as well as learning and development opportunities to drive and inspire personal and professional development.  And it’s FREE to join!

And finally, our Network of Coworking Hubs gives them a contemporary, stylish space where they can work, study, and connect with like-minded people, share advice, exchange experiences, and learn from their peers. To use one of our coworking hubs, you need to become a member of our Hub Network.  We offer three levels of membership – Gold, Silver and Bronze, depending on your hotdesking needs.  Membership starts at just £20/year, offering excellent value for money.

Visit the Military Coworking Network site to find out more.


Mothers of Enterprise

Mothers of Enterprise is offering a 100% funded scholarship to its brand new business programme, Dream Business School. This coaching/course hybrid has been expertly designed to enable you to build your dream business & create unstoppable success. DBS is a transformational 5-month programme that will change and elevate your business from the inside out as we cover every aspect of a successful business, from mindset, energy and beliefs, to strategy, systems and processes, all perfectly designed to deliver out of this world results, both for you, and your business. 

We offer a 10% discount for military spouses & partners on all digital courses/products and group coaching programmes. Discount code: FFJ10

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

 Mothers of Enterprise® is committed to supporting military spouses in creating a successful business & thriving lifestyle, all while raising a family and juggling the challenges of military life. Through fully funded scholarships, discounted courses/coaching, free training and the Mothers of Enterprise Podcast, our whole mission is focused on serving my fellow military spouses to thrive. 

Visit the Mothers of Enterprise site to find out more. 


Pathway To Solutions

First consultation session free and online.  

How do you manage change in your organisation? Is it through analysing what went wrong, or is it that you look at your successes and strengths? Are you in a quandary then look no further?

Pathway to Solutions helps the client to recognize and realise that they have the potential to create the outcome they want when going through a period of change. We use the Solution Focused Approach, for managing change within an organization. The sessions we offer are bespoke and tailor made to suit the individual, business or organisation. These sessions are coaching, mentoring and facilitation sessions. 

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

Having served in the Royal Air Force for 22 years I have a great affinity for the Armed Services and wholeheartedly agree with The Armed Forces Covenant which I have just signed. The pledges in the Covenant are what I have practiced since leaving the  RAF quite sometime ago, I am aware that this also covers the spouses and families of serving forces members. 

Visit the Pathway To Solutions website to find out more.  


The Milspo® Business Network

Free & Online

Are you running a business whilst living the 'magnolia walled life'? You're not alone!

Connect with others, just like you, building transient, posting-proof businesses whilst living this modern military life. Listen to the inspiring podcast interviews of successful military partner business owners, Network virtually with others across the country, or find answers to your business questions in the growing online community.

The Milspo Business Network is a global network, of business leaders who are no longer limited by location and are building businesses that they deserve. The Network offers peer-to-peer support to all UK military spouses, partners and other-halves by using practical digital solutions that provide valid and functional training, networking and access to like-minded business owners. It's a network that inspires our often isolated but inspirational community.

Milspo Business Network is a subsidiary of The Milspo Network CIC.

The Milspo Business Network - Inspiring entrepreneurial military spouses, partners and other-halves to be empowered in business, re-define their identity and gain confidence through collaboration. 

Milspo Meet-Ups from The Milspo Network CIC - Every Wednesday, 10.30 am BST. 

Log-in each week via this link and join others, just like you for a supportive and informative group chat. We talk about business, how you are coping with the recent events and how our amazing community is pulling together to support each other. ALL military spouses, partners, and other-halves running or thinking of starting a business welcome.

Financial Wellbeing for your Milspo Business - Free Financial online course - find out more here

There are lots of Milspo events coming up, all the details can be found here

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

The Milspo® Network CIC, The Milspo® Business Network, and The InDependent Spouse® podcast are committed to supporting the partners and spouses of serving personnel by creating a platform to showcase their brilliance and inspire others who dream of achieving their own goals.

At the heart of the project is a commitment to showing the positives of life within the Armed Forces Community.

It aims to stop the social isolation of running a business combined with operational service life and works towards inspiring all military spouses, partners and other-halves (Milspo) in business.

It was launched in 2018 by a military spouse in business, for ALL military spouses, partners and other halves, and is supported by The Royal British Legion and Small Business Britain.

Visit The Milspo site to find out more.


Supporting the Unsung Hero

‘Supporting the Unsung Hero’ the award-winning business start-up programme is helping members of the Armed Forces community turn bright ideas into successful businesses. 

Supporting the Unsung Hero (SUH) is so much more than a training course, their delegate network is unique, comprised completely of entrepreneurs from the Armed Forces Community. This FREE business training programme comprises three stages starting with stage one an introduction to business start -up followed by stage two a four-day business start-up training course, leading to stage three ten months business mentoring.

Supporting the Unsung Hero stages one to three are delivered FREE to service families and continues to grow in popularity having been attended by delegates at MOD bases in the UK and overseas in British Forces Germany, Belgium, Italy and Cyprus and online.

ABOUT Supporting the Unsung Hero 

Supporting the Unsung Hero is a three stage Business Start-Up Programme developed specifically for Armed Forces community to provide you with the transferable skills and support required to start and maintain a business, enabling families to become more financially stable and help you to develop a sustainable career.  The course is designed to be as informative, fun and relaxed as possible and to encourage you throughout the programme. This FREE business training and mentoring support programme is open to military spouses and partners, Veterans and Reserve Armed Forces Personnel.

Supporting the Unsung Hero Business start-up programme (delivered online)

Stage 1:  Introduction to Self-Employment Webinar

This session is designed to answer all the questions you may have about becoming self-employed and starting a business.

Stage 2: Four Day Business Start-Up Course

The course is taught by experienced business advisers from the Black Country Chamber of Commerce. Areas covered include: • Market Research • Marketing • Law & Legislation • Business Planning • Cash Flow & Profit • Balance Sheets • Balance Sheets • Break-even • Financial Forecasting • Keeping Records • Tax, National Insurance & VAT.

Stage 3: Mentoring

Following completion of the four-day course you will be assigned a dedicated business mentor and given a ten-month mentoring programme, consisting of five individual and two group mentoring sessions. The mentoring sessions have been designed to support you through the process of starting and maintaining a business.

For more information and to book your place on the Start-Up Programme, please visit our website or email:


X Forces

X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) is an award-winning Community Interest Company that nurtures entrepreneurial ambition for the UK military community, and official delivery partner to the government's Start Up Loans Company and MoD’s Career Transition Partnership. XFE supports service leavers, veterans, spouses, cadets and armed forces family members in Enterprise Learning and help those who are interested to go further to start their own businesses with a full package of training, finance, networking and mentoring. XFE’s Microfinancing is one of the highest success rates in the UK.


X-Forces - have moved their Start-up Skills & Self Employment Discovery workshop events online to be delivered in 'virtual classrooms'. Free & open to all members of the forces community. View the full event listings here.

Announcing our new Knowledge Exchange Hub - with the collaboration of their stakeholders, the power of three: Big Business, Charity and Government, XFE brings you a unique, free to use, digital space specifically for the Armed Forces Community.  Designed to complement the support already offered by XFE, the hub is a one-stop-shop for all things related to self-employment and enterprise and removes the barriers of time, travel, and family commitments giving unparalleled access to peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, free events, and business information. Find out more.

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

X-Forces commitment to the Armed Forces Community is beyond the core service that we provide in Enterprise. This is includes collaboration and with other service providers to enhance overall well being of our beneficiaries. X-Forces is a Gold Award holder with the Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.

Visit the X Forces site to find out more.