Returning to civvy street can be quite a daunting prospect when transitioning from a career in the military.
Yet research shows that veterans are equipped with a unique set of skills and experience which can help them to become successful entrepreneurs.
That’s why we’ve launched Veterans RV, a 12-week pilot programme comprising of informal one to one, group mentoring and training to help veterans explore the idea of becoming their own boss.
Designed by veterans, for veterans, the programme will help participants understand if self-employment is the right fit for them and how to get started.
Applications for the first cohort have now closed. To find out about the next cohort please get in touch.
Veterans RV programme kicks off with a series of workshops and activities. Train with enterprise specialists at the BIC, both 1:1 and alongside other veterans.
The North East BIC is a not-for-profit social enterprise which was established to help people set up and run their own businesses.
Since 1994, this has seen us help over 4,000 people realise their dreams of becoming their own boss through the one-to-one support and specialist workshops delivered by our knowledgeable, trusted business advisers.
Yet it wasn’t until we recruited military veterans turned business advisers Anthony and Mark that we realised the barriers facing ex-services personnel when they return to civvy street.
Having both set up their own successful businesses upon leaving the forces, they set about exploring how we could develop a bespoke programme to help others use their vast skills and experience to become successful entrepreneurs, and Veterans RV was born.
In 2022 the North East BIC signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise that those who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated with fairness and respect. By signing the covenant, the BIC reinforces its commitment to support veterans as a military friendly work environment. The BIC strives to develop new support projects for veterans in line with our values and capacity to encourage veterans to realise their full potential.