Efforts for heroes

Pam Charman overall FSB Chairman for Hertfordshire
Pam Charman overall FSB Chairman for Hertfordshire

Helping ex-services personnel to become self-employed will strengthen the recovery, says a report from small business group the Federation of Small Businesses and military charity Heropreneurs

With 75,000 people set to leave the Armed Forces within the next two years, the FSB and Heropreneurs are calling on the government to work with the business community to ensure all service leavers are given adequate help to find a job or to set up their own business.

In a new report, From The Frontline To Civvy Street, the FSB and Heropreneurs have made a series of recommendations to help government give service leavers the best chance of finding a career or starting their own business when they leave the armed forces.

FSB Hertfordshire chairman Pam Charman said, “The government is looking to the private sector to further strengthen the economic recovery, but with business confidence fragile and almost 20 people chasing each job vacancy, it must promote self-employment as a viable option to all.

“It is a concern that self-employment is not promoted fully to people that leave the armed forces, and we urge the government to look at the reasons why. It is more important than ever that people are given the skills and the opportunity to start their own businesses.”