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Business start-up

You will need to do your homework before you start up a business. The more research you do at this stage, the greater your chances of success. When you have researched business ideas, grants, target market(s), location, premises, suppliers, distribution, marketing, start up investment and projected profits, you will need to put this all together in a business plan. Your business plan will be essential if you need to raise finance and will help keep your business on track.

The links on this page provide lots of useful information about every aspect of starting up a business.


X-Forces' complete business support service is available to service-leavers, veterans, military spouses, reservists and cadets (over 18). The advisory service is free to the entrepreneur and, as an official partner of the government’s Start Up Loans Company, X-Forces facilitates seed funding to enable the new businesses to launch.

Events & Courses

X-Forces is the appointed Business Enterprise Trainer for the Career Transition Partnership (CTP).
CTP accredited training courses, delivered by X-Forces, are open to resettling personnel.

Non-serving individuals including veterans, spouses and dependants can access free 'taster' and training events delivered at locations around the UK by X-Forces.

First Steps

If you'd like to find out if business ownership could be right for you;
Attend one of X-Forces' taster events listed here or search for the Self Employment Awareness workshop on the CTP website.

If you already have a business idea and would like to get started;
Register with X-Forces at and click 'Apply Now'

If you represent a big business, and would like to support X-Forces start-ups with sponsorship, mentoring or a product/service;
Please get in touch with X-Forces by email

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Employers and Service Providers: 0845 680 0838