A former Commander with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers has joined forces with North Tyneside Council’s Business Factory to provide help for veterans looking to set up businesses in the area.
Jack English, 39, now a qualified counsellor, left the army 10 years ago, and through the Business Factory Veterans’ Service, will combine his professional skills with what he has learned from personal experience about the challenges faced by veterans returning to civilian life.
“This service will prove invaluable to the growing number of people coming out of the armed forces and returning to civilian life,” he said.
“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.
“Due to the large scale redundancies, many of those coming out of the forces are leaving before they might have originally anticipated and as such don’t necessarily have any real plans in terms of jobs and careers and the prospect, or often lack of them, can be really daunting.
“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.
“Whether people have a firm business idea and need help to get it off the ground or are simply unsure what direction to take, this new service will combine the expertise of The Business Factory team with my understanding of the challenges members of the armed forces face and help pave the way to self-employment.”
English will have access to a wide range of enterprise help available at The Business Factory, from general business start –up advice to specialist sales, marketing, social media and IT support.
Intellectual property and patent advice can also be offered, as can specialist support for those looking to establish social enterprises.
Chairman of North Tyneside Council, Cllr Tommy Mulvenna, said: “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.”