Employment fair encourages Devon’s Armed Forces leavers to start their own business
People leaving or being made redundant from the Armed Forces in Devon can get help starting their own business by attending a free event near Exeter next month.
The business fair, hosted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Devon County Council aims to offer inspiration, advice and support on becoming self-employed to ex-service personnel.
The fair, entitled ‘Stepping back into Civvy Street… and Starting Your Own Business’ will be held at Westpoint Arena between 2pm and 7pm.
North Devon MP Nick Harvey, former minister for the Armed Forces, will be opening the event.
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Brigadier Piers Hankinson C)43 (Wessex Brigade) , Richard Morris the Founder of Heropreneurs and Steven Hindley the Managing Director of Midas will be guest speakers.
Councillor Will Mumford, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Enterprise and Employment, hopes the event will encourage ex-services personnel to consider becoming self-employed.
He said: “With around 2.5 million people in the UK currently unemployed, and another 75,000 set to leave the armed forces over the next two years it is now more important than ever to promote the option of starting up your own business as a way into employment.
“Many service leavers and veterans possess great entrepreneurial spirit, and the rigourous training they receive during their time in the Armed Forces means they have developed the variety of skills, qualities, disciplines and commitment needed when starting and growing their own businesses.
“This event will offer practical assistance, advice and inspiration to service leavers looking to develop their new career on their own, and we hope it will encourage ex-services personnel to consider the option becoming self-employed.”
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Communities, and Lead Member for the Devon Armed Forces Community Covenant, said: “I recently had the great honour of signing the Devon Armed Forces Community Covenant, along with many other local organisations, and pledged to help ensure those in the armed forces, and their families, are not disadvantaged due to their military lives.
“This pledge extends to those leaving the services, and we want to help provide every opportunity for those entering Civvy Street to not be disadvantaged through lack of advice and support.
“I hope all ex-service personnel, veterans and those leaving the Armed Forces shortly will come along and find out about setting up their own business, and are inspired by the speakers, exhibitors and former servicemen and women who are already successfully self- employed.”
To register your interest in attending the free Armed Forces Business Fair, visit http://fsbsteppingbackintocivvystreet121012-eorg.eventbrite.com/ or call Sue Wilkinson 01803 322499.
Although tickets are free, spaces are limited and should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.