Be your own boss


Army spouses frequently have to overcome barriers to sustaining continuous and rewarding employment that works around the military lifestyle. For some of you, the solution is to set up your own business. We receive a number of enquiries from spouses wanting to know what steps they can take to set up their own business.

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Starting your own business
Bridging the Gap Armed Forces Fund
Grow your business idea with the Prince's Trust
Get business savvy in Wiltshire
Self-employed and working overseas?
Business support for Army families in Wales
Could you be brilliant in business?
Supporting the Unsung Hero: Armed Forces dependants’ business start-up programme
Do you work from home?
New careers and enterprise company for the Forces community

 

Starting your own business

AFF has consulted with business experts to find out what you should consider before setting up a new business. Read more

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Bridging the Gap Armed Forces Fund

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and social enterprise X Forces have launched a new grant fund, Bridging the Gap (BTG) Armed Forces. Read more

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Grow your business idea with the Prince’s Trust

If you are aged 18-30, unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week and have a business idea or some ideas to explore, the The Princes Trust Enterprise Scheme might be the right course for you. Read more

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Get business savvy in Wiltshire

AFF understands the various barriers many Army spouses still face when it comes to securing that (often all-important) second income. Unsurprisingly, many of you turn to self-employment; but do you have the right connections to start and grow a business of your own? Read more

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Self-employed and working overseas?

AFF has received a number of queries from spouses posted overseas who want to continue running their own business from a BFPO address, but are concerned about tax and National Insurance. This is a very complicated area; however, we have done a lot of research with the University of Wolverhampton and HMRC and the answer is actually surprisingly straightforward. Read more

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Business support for Army families in Wales

Posted to Wales and thinking about starting a business or growing a current one? The Welsh Government runs a funded business start-up programme, Antur Teifi, under the Business Wales umbrella. Read more

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Could you be brilliant in business?

X-Forces help Armed Forces families to start-up businesses across the UK with start- up loans, mentoring and support.Read more

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Supporting the Unsung Hero: Armed Forces dependants’ business start-up programme

Do you want to achieve your ambition of starting your own business, but lack the confidence, knowledge and resources? Read more

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Do you work from home?

Did you know, if you have to work at or from home, you can get tax relief for the extra household expenses you have to pay. Read more

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New careers and enterprise company for the Forces community

The Forces Enterprise Network, Recruit for Spouses and Evolution Forces Families have launched their new careers and enterprise company ‘Forces Enterprise Network Hub’ a collaboration that aims to transform the provision of careers and business support for the Armed Forces community. Read more

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