Magazine article Management Today

Business Is Great: My Business - X-Forces

Magazine article Management Today

Business Is Great: My Business - X-Forces

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X-Forces was set up by Ren Kapur in 2013 to help ex-military personnel start and run their own businesses.

I've started businesses in the past, so there was an instant appeal in the idea of a start-up starting up other companies and giving back to a deserving community that provides a high-quality and valuable service Moreover, I had wanted to join the Army as a teenager, but for personal reasons, was unable to.

A chance discussion with a senior director from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) focused me on the armed forces and allowed the final piece of the jigsaw to fall into place, which was followed by an introduction to an ex-Royal Navy officer who could bring operational and military experience to the business and support me.

I put in some seed funding of my own. My mother-in-law gave a few thousand pounds to my husband, Martin. Securing the domain names for X-Forces was my first investment.

My relationship with BIS continued to grow and we also gained traction with the Ministry of Defence, with corporates and with almost every door we knocked on. …

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