Business Start Ups

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 and people can apply at 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

The Military Coworking Network (MCN) is a community of military spouses working together to create a network of coworking office spaces on military bases. These coworking hubs are supported by an online community for spouses everywhere to share advice, information, inspiration, and create a network of contacts. Having a dedicated space where spouses can go to work and study together not only reduces social isolation; their off and online communities offer help and support to enable you to maintain flexible jobs which work around your military lifestyle.

The coworking hubs are fully equipped office spaces on bases throughout the UK and Europe. They provide the facilities that you would expect in any office (a quiet workspace that isn’t the kitchen table, fast wifi, printing & good coffee!) but more importantly they can give you access to local professional networking opportunities for your career or business, information about employers in the local area, higher education opportunities and the chance to meet new people and make friends. Social isolation can have a huge impact on mental wellbeing, and the hubs are more than just a space to work from; they offer a professional support network of like-minded people; a supportive and encouraging environment in which to work, develop employability skills, and tap into the expertise of others around them.

The hubs are run by a team of volunteers on a not-for-profit basis, with annual fees kept low at just £20, in order to cover any running costs.

Visit the Military Coworking Network site 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.

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

Free & Partially Online

The University of Wolverhampton is a preferred supplier to the MOD and delivers the award winning ‘Supporting the Unsung Hero’ business start-up programme FREE for the Armed Forces community, delivered in collaboration with the Black Country Chamber of Commerce. The programme consists of a four day Business Start-Up course split over two months that will give you the knowledge required to start a business, followed by five individual mentoring sessions with a business adviser and ongoing access to peer support and business networking. SUH is delivered on armed forces bases across the UK and overseas.

Supporting the Unsung Hero during the COVID-19 pandemic: 




Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

The University of Wolverhampton aims to support serving Armed Forces personnel, veterans, Reservists and their families by providing quality courses designed to enhance personal and professional development, translating their knowledge and experience into nationally and internationally recognised qualifications that can be transferred into their role within the Armed Forces and future careers

Visit the University of Wolverhampton site to find out more 


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.