A new support service has been launched to help veterans set up in business.
Jack English, a former Commander with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, joined forces with the The Business Factory to set up The Business Factory Veterans’ Service.
It provides help and advice to former members of the Armed forces and current Reservists in North Tyneside who are thinking about setting up their own business.
Jack, 39, from Shiremoor, said: “This service will prove invaluable to the growing number of people coming out of the armed forces and returning to civilian life.
“The job market is not as it once was and opportunities can often seem limited, but I hope to help people to see that their skills and experiences are transferable and could lead them in to self-employment.
“I understand from my own experiences and through the support groups I run, that return to civilian life is far from easy, so my aim is to offer practical help and guidance that could lead to establishing a business.”
After a difficult few years of his own, Jack retrained and completed a university degree to qualify as a counsellor and now runs peer to peer support groups for veterans.
Chairman of North Tyneside Council, Coun Tommy Mulvenna added: “Having someone on board like Jack who can fully empathise with veterans across the borough will ensure that this service really meets their needs.
“We know our veterans face a number of challenges and are committed to providing the support they need to help ease them back in to civilian life.
“Most people leave the armed forces with a host of transferable skills and a steely determination to succeed – some of the most important traits for successfully setting up a business.”
For more information on The Business Factory contact (0191) 605 3110, email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop into their office on Howard Street, North Shields.