On 23 June, X-Forces brought together start-up businesses and large national organisations in Liverpool to celebrate entrepreneurship within the Armed Forces community, locally and nationally.
The event was hosted by Liverpool City Council, and among the sponsors were NatWest, Holt’s Bank, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and The Military Mutual, all who came together to support X-Forces beneficiaries. Three of our beneficiaries included a former Royal Marine, RAF and Royal Navy family member who have launched businesses in the Liverpool area. NatWest is a long-time supporter of the Armed Forces, while The Military Mutual brings a fresh look at the insurance offerings for our Forces. The Military Mutual is an upcoming organisation bringing bespoke services to the community from the community. This is highlighted by their board, which is made up of a number of armed forces veterans.
As part of Armed Forces Day celebrations in Liverpool this year, over 1,000 servicemen and women joined their families and civilians from across the country. X-Forces joined the festivities to specifically celebrate those in the Armed Forces that bring innovation and enterprise skills to the community.
Ren Kapur, CEO of X-Forces said:
We are thrilled to be in Liverpool this year to show our support for the community and to bring together our amazing supporters and entrepreneurs. Liverpool is a thriving city, with strong ties to the Armed Forces, and an amazing history that reflects the characteristics the UK military and X-Forces upholds; respect, integrity, resilience and excellence. These characteristics also apply to enterprise, and it is no surprise that we are seeing more and more interest in business start-ups in the region year on year.
Speakers from NatWest and Liverpool City Council were joined on stage by the three entrepreneurs, Lee Cook from The Ale House, Liam Stacey from Spartan Dynamic and Maddie Curry from Posh Pets Kitchen Pantry.
Peter Allish, National Enterprise & Implementation Manager, NatWest Business Banking said:
Together with Ren and the team from X-Forces, we are proud to support more and more people from a military background into Enterprise, continuing their outstanding contribution to society. Having entered into our second year of being a corporate partner with X-Forces, we work together to seek new and innovative initiatives to support this community through education, events such as today and social media content in the run up to Armed Forces Day.
Martin Wing, X-Forces Chairman summarised, “Thank you to NatWest and Holt’s Military Bank, The Military Mutual, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Liverpool City Council for their sponsorship of the event. It is through this balance of big business, charity and Government that X-Forces has been able to support so many and achieve so much since 2013, and we were delighted to demonstrate this in Liverpool today. Thank you to Councillor Ian Francis for opening the event and highlighting the importance of the Armed Forces community to this great city.
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