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Supporting the ‘Hero-preneurs’

Monday, July 18, 2011

Meg Munn MP has joined forces with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the military charity Hero-preneurs in urging the government to make it easier for ex-services personnel to start up their own business when they leave the Armed Forces.


A report, ‘From the frontline to civvy street’, launched by the FSB and Hero-preneurs makes a series of recommendations to improve the existing resettlement package, which help ex-service personnel back into work in the civilian world. The report also recommends providing more support to those service leavers wishing to start their own business.


Around 75,000 people are set to leave the Armed Forces within the next two years and the FSB and Hero-preneurs have called on government to ensure that its resettlement programme is fit for purpose and that all service leavers are given adequate help to find a job or to set up their own business.


Meg said:


“The people of this country have always been proud of their Armed Forces.  They put their lives on the line to protect ours.  It is only right that we support them on their return to civvy street. 


The report clearly lays out the issues that our ex-service personnel face and some of the possible solutions.  I am pleased to support their campaign.”


John Walker, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, 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 those 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."


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