August 25, 2023

Lifting The Lid On XFE Mentoring And Knowledge Exchange 

    Due to popular demand, we are lifting the lid on our mentoring provision and bespoke IT platform, the X-Forces Enterprise Knowledge Exchange Hub.  Over […]
August 2, 2023

TRUST and The Forces Family Feeling.

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.” Business owners in the Armed Forces community have been celebrated at the London Stock Exchange […]
March 4, 2023

International Women’s Day and Embracing Equity – What does that mean Anyway?

So when #IWD announce the annual theme, it never fails to strike a chord, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! Here we are for the […]
December 8, 2022

My End Of Year Message

Wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year As Christmas trees are illuminated and advent calendars opened, we look forward to spending […]
November 20, 2022
SOA 2022

Soldiering On Awards 2022 – We Went Big!

What A Show! Over 650 guests gathered at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge on Thursday 27th October 2022, with 610 guests seated for dinner in addition […]
August 10, 2022
Ren Kapur - My Cancer My Choices

Out of the Comfort Zone and onto the Catwalk!

Not everyone is comfortable talking about cancer, but I believe that openness and honesty are extremely important, so I have been happy to do so about my own journey, whilst respecting […]
April 6, 2022
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Disappointed or Enthused: What the National Insurance Hike Means?

Much has been said and written about the Chancellor’s Spring Statement: who will benefit, who will not and what this means for the country as a […]
March 4, 2022
Ren Kapur MBE

Do We Really Know the Origins of International Women’s Day #IWD

This was the question I was asking myself when preparing to write a piece for this year’s IWD and when I asked a few of my […]
December 3, 2021
Lt. Colonel Ren Kapur MBE Reserves Day Blog

Helping former military and emergency services personnel start their own business – Ren Kapur MBE

As featured on Enterprise Nation – An advocate for change In person, Ren is a powerhouse of energy. She’s worked tirelessly to bring together corporations, government […]
November 23, 2021
Environmental Social and Governance

What is ‘Social Value’ and How Is It Impacting The Future of Small Business?

Social Value forms a cornerstone of the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria, a set of standards, through which investors and the wider public can better […]
September 10, 2021
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It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

As many of you will know, last month I wrote about my breast cancer diagnosis and posted a link to my blog. I would like to say a […]
July 29, 2021
Ren Kapur MBE - Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer; Another Chapter In The Colourful Tapestry Of My Life.

Earlier this month I found out that I have breast cancer.  It’s a shock looking at what I’ve just written. Looking back at that day in my life, it was a massive […]
June 30, 2021
Flexible Working - Ren Kapur MBE

Is Flexible Working The Solution For SME Business Owners?

As we reconsider easing out of lockdown, it has made me think about not only my own organisations and what that would look like for my team, […]
June 23, 2021
Lt. Colonel Ren Kapur MBE Reserves Day Blog

Making A Difference – What Does It Mean To Be A Reservist?

The Army Reserves make up one sixth of UK armed forces personnel, and I feel so proud and privileged to be making a difference to our […]
May 6, 2021
Light at the end of the tunnel for SMEs

Light at the end of the tunnel for SMEs

After more than a year of hardship for small and medium-sized businesses, the recent relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions is a milestone (let’s hope a turning point) […]
March 22, 2021
Ren Kapur MBE with Mike Cherry


On February 23rd 2021 X-Forces Enterprise CEO and Founder, Ren Kapur MBE, was recognised for the voluntary work she does as the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Armed […]
March 8, 2021
Ren Kapur Speaking at a conference

Nearly 25% of UK Nurseries Could Close in 12 Months. What is the Childcare Crisis and How Might It Affect UK Entrepreneurs?

At the age of 17, I gave birth to my first son and a year later I was involved in running my first business, a newsagents, […]
February 9, 2021

British Army Officer Sets Sights on Bespoke Kitchen & Interiors Business

This week I was delighted to hear from one of our workshop attendees, Harry Boyt, and his experiences on our 2-Day Start Up Skills workshop. Offering […]
January 21, 2021

Charter 21: An Opportunity For Change

We know that the COVID-19 crisis is going to have a devastating impact on economies. Through numerous studies we know the crisis is affecting small and […]
January 6, 2021

New Year, New Start-Up?

Ren Kapur MBE, X-Forces Enterprise CEO and EM3 Board Member, recently shared insight into the support available for entrepreneurs in the Armed Forces Community, as part […]
December 15, 2020

My End of Year Message

END OF YEAR MESSAGE FROM REN KAPUR MBE – CEO, X-FORCES ENTERPRISE   Partners, Beneficiaries, Associates and Friends, Much has been said about the downsides to […]
December 8, 2020

Sharing Our 2019-20 XFE Activity Report

It’s that time of the year when we’re able to reflect on our previous 12 months as a company, who we’ve supported and how we’ve supported […]
November 23, 2020

NatWest 10K Challenge for Global Entrepreneurship Week

NatWest opens up exclusive #GEW10K Challenge to the X-Forces Community   Throughout Global Entrepreneurship Week this year, NatWest have been running hundreds of free virtual pitching […]
September 16, 2020

Spouses, partners and family members of Serving and ex-Serving personnel understanding enterprise learning

Lt Colonel Ren Kapur MBE: Ren is CEO and Founder of X-Forces Enterprises and Chair of the Soldiering on Awards. Enterprise skills are at the centre […]
August 26, 2020

Soldiering On Awards: Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

After much deliberation, the Team and I at Soldiering on Awards, including the President, Vice-President, Sponsors and Stakeholders, have taken the sad but necessary decision to […]
August 5, 2020

A much needed boost for Military in Business® 

Some good news, especially welcome within the SME community where every penny counts. On 21st July 2020, the Government published this consultation document to honour its manifesto commitment to back our […]
July 14, 2020

Recovery Advice for Business

On Thursday 9th July the Government announced the launch of The Recovery Advice for Business Scheme, as a reaction to the economic implications of the COVID-19 […]
July 1, 2020

Downturns Tend To Increase Gender Inequality, What Can We Do About It?

One of my favourite research pieces of recent times is the 2019 Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship (this is well worth reading, even if you […]
June 24, 2020

The Community Unites: In and Out of Uniform

As National Armed Forces Champion for FSB and a Reservist, in celebration of The Armed Forces Week, I’d like to share some thoughts and thank my […]
June 4, 2020

Outstanding Air Cadets deliver Unique Business Ideas in first Virtual Enterprise for Life® Programme

Wow! I have been simply blown away by the efforts of twelve young people for our first ever Virtual Enterprise for Life® programme, specially designed for […]
May 12, 2020

Working Together, Sharing Solutions and Getting Through COVID-19

The current financial and business-support landscape is changing daily, with new advice and schemes being released more quickly than some may be able to keep up […]
May 7, 2020

Lt. Col. Deborah Taylor – Inspiring, Innovating and Leading by Example

I am always in awe of Lt. Col. Debs Taylor’s unceasing passion to support the community at large, and not least the work she continues to […]
April 24, 2020

Celebrating our SOA 2020 Finalists! #SOASalute

Today was the day we’d originally anticipated finding out exactly who had won the Soldiering On Award for each of the 13 categories. Instead, we have […]
April 9, 2020

Neel Singh of Dorking Brewery: Adaptive & Resilient

It has been a pleasure to know, support and work with Dorking Brewery owner, Neel Singh, over the past 4 years. The drive and passion he […]
March 20, 2020

Business Ownership and Working Together In Extraordinary Times

Business Advice in Times of Uncertainty, during Covid-19 Here at X-Forces Enterprise (XFE), we pride ourselves in supporting the Armed Forces community in business, and even […]
March 18, 2020

‘Inner Strength & Incredible Resilience’ ABF the Soldiers’ Charity feature on Ren Kapur MBE for Women’s History Month

I was humbled to be asked by ABF The Soldier’s Charity to do a feature on me for Women’s History Month.  This allowed me to really […]
March 8, 2020

Interview with Amy Casey at BFBS for International Women’s Day 2020

I was humbled to be asked by Amy Casey, at British Forces Broadcasting Services (BFBS), to do an interview for International Women’s Day. The interview was […]
March 5, 2020

A Force of Nature: Karen Tracey Podcast

I was delighted to interview Karen Tracey as part of our network of inspiring business owners from the armed forces community. One of the 5 barriers […]
February 21, 2020

Finalists Recognised for Their Remarkable Achievements and Public Voting Opens for the People’s Choice Award

Soldiering On Awards has hosted 41 Finalists and saluted their achievements at the 2020 Finalists Reception on Thursday 20th February, in a celebration of the very […]
February 6, 2020
Keith May Accounting Services

Podcast Interview with Keith May, Accounting Services

I’ve always said that serving in the Armed Forces equips people with a fantastic ethos and skill set. Indeed, it has been said that the Armed […]
January 24, 2020

United Nations International Day of Education

The United Nations International Day of Celebration is such an important marker not only for today, but to help future-proof all of our destinies. The UN […]
January 13, 2020

Announcing the Finalists for the 2020 Soldiering On Awards

Today we are delighted to announce the amazing Finalists for the 2020 Soldiering On Awards The Armed Forces lead the way in demonstrating what it truly […]
January 10, 2020
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Mandy Small, Mother of 2019 Soldiering On Awards Winner, Jamie

The arrival of the New Year is a time of hope and optimism for the future; a time when customarily we generally reflect on our personal […]
December 18, 2019

From Royal Navy to healthy chocolate spread. The husband and wife team spreading good cheer

At the time of year when many of us will be enjoying some R&R, and have the excuse for a little over indulgence, it is great […]
November 27, 2019
XFE Patron Lord Young

Interview with XFE Patron the Rt Hon Lord Young – and exploring some Myths, Truths and Winning Formulas

I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to record a very special interview with the extraordinary man and life-long entrepreneur, the Rt Hon Lord Young; […]
November 20, 2019

RAF Officer & spouse creates niche product & business protecting her young children’s skin outdoors

I’m proud of all of the entrepreneurs we have supported over the years at XFE, but I always get an extra special buzz knowing the number […]
October 31, 2019
X-Forces Podcasts

X-Forces Enterprise Military in Business® Podcast and Vlog Series are now LIVE!!!

As the leading organisation in the UK supporting the military into enterprise, X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) equips service-leavers and members of the military community with business skills […]
September 19, 2019

Supporting Spouses and Forces Families through Enterprise

“Some of the most inspirational women I have met through XFE have been military spouses; women more than capable of balancing their family life with building […]
September 3, 2019
Minister for Defence People and Veterans

Minister for Defence People and Veterans supports the Soldiering On Awards

In his first public event, the Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Johnny Mercer MP, attended the Soldiering On Awards launch adding his support for nominations […]
July 30, 2019
MoD Employment Forum

“Skilling the Nation Through the Armed Forces Community”

MoD Employment Forum – alongside the Invictus UK Trials Sheffield 23rd July 2019   I was delighted that X-Forces Enterprise were asked to represent self-employment at […]
July 4, 2019
Cadets Graduation Ren Kapur

Enterprise For Life® – Cadets Graduation at London Stock Exchange

2nd July saw an important milestone in my lifelong commitment to help young people develop enterprise skills.   17 pioneering Army cadets from around the UK […]
June 28, 2019

What could Microfinancing look like for the Armed Forces community?

The Birth of Microfinancing The concept of microfinancing existed prior to the invention of money. The idea was simple: a small trade of something I need […]
June 27, 2019

A Force For Business – service leavers and small business – Policy report by FSB and XFE

As FSB Armed Forces Champion for Small Business I am delighted that X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) has been able to share our insight as the UK’s largest […]
June 26, 2019
Reserves Day

Ren Kapur MBE: Why I’m proud to be a Reservist

What is Reserves Day? The 26th June marks Reserves Day in the UK and as a Lt. Col in the Reserves I am proud to be […]
June 25, 2019
Armed Forces Community

Women in the Armed Forces Community

Enterprise for military spouses We’ve come a long way since women were called up as much needed back-up support during war time, to now forming an […]
June 24, 2019
Armed Forces Week

Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnics – BAME – in the Armed Forces

This Armed Forces week I will be sharing my thoughts in an action-packed week dedicated to the community I love and have felt a special affinity […]
June 21, 2019
2020 Soldiering On Awards Nominations Process

Who do you know that deserves an Award?

A message from Ren Kapur MBE, Founder and CEO, X-Forces Enterprise, and Co-chair of Soldiering On Awards… On 29th June, we’ll be celebrating Armed Forces Day […]
June 20, 2019

Boost Your Business this Armed Forces Day

To mark this year’s Armed Forces Day, X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) has partnered with Facebook to provide a day of learning, inspiration and networking. The event, entitled […]
June 20, 2019

Supporting the locals, millions of miles away!

The Afghan Rug Shop is a local small business based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, which extends its support for the local community all the way […]
June 20, 2019

Why Mental Health Matters & How Businesses Can Help?

“I know how debilitating mental illness can be. It ruined my career and changed my life.” Tom Fox, Director of Thoughtify Ltd.   Tom initially approached […]
June 18, 2019
Pilot Cadet Programme

Pilot Cadet Programme Proves Great Success

The first X-Forces workshop aimed at Cadet Forces has taken place over the weekend of 22-24 March 2019 in Greenwich. 17 cadets from the Greater London […]
April 15, 2019
2019 SOA Awards Night

12 Months of Opportunity for 2019 SOA Winners

After the record-breaking Soldiering On Awards (SOA) night, recognising 62 amazing Finalists, I am delighted to share the Awards Highlights and Individual Videos created to record […]
April 5, 2019

Soldiering On Awards Winners Announced

Now in its 9th year, the Soldiering On Awards recognise many truly inspirational people and teams; highlighting the outstanding achievements of current and former service men and women, their […]
March 14, 2019

Carol Vorderman to host 2019 Soldiering On Awards

We are delighted to announce that television personality and military supporter Carol Vorderman MBE will be presenting the 2019 Soldiering On Awards ceremony on 5th April.   […]
February 17, 2019

Meet the Soldering On Awards Finalists: Business of the Year – Community Impact Award

Business of the Year – Community Impact Award The Business of the Year Community Impact category is in recognition of a business that was started up […]
February 17, 2019

Meet the Soldering On Awards Finalists: Business of the Year – Start Up

Business of the Year – Start Up Award The Business of the Year category is in recognition of a new business that was started by an […]
February 13, 2019

Meet the Soldering On Awards Finalists: Business of the Year – Scale Up Award – Sponsored by London Stock Exchange Group

Business of the Year – Scale Up Award The Business of the Year Scale Up category is in recognition of a business that was started by […]
January 30, 2019

#Veganuary: Turning your passions & beliefs into your business

Starting young! A key reason why many people choose to start their own business is because they have a passion for something and want to share […]
January 27, 2019

How having a mentor can help your business

Why use a mentor? 93% of SME’s acknowledge that mentoring can help their business to succeed ( and 94% of SME’s relying upon external support have […]
January 14, 2019

Helping you secure funding for your startup

You have a great business idea, you have the passion and determination required to make the business work and you’ve done your research. Now all you […]
January 9, 2019

Soldiering On Awards Finalists Announced including 3 Business of the Year categories

The Soldiering On Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of those who have served their country, and the diverse people and groups who work together in support […]
January 6, 2019

New Year New Career

A new year often brings with it an opportunity for reflection upon the year which has just passed, and the possibility to plan for the year […]
December 18, 2018

CEO’s End of Year Message

CEO’S END OF YEAR MESSAGE Ren Kapur MBE – CEO, X-Forces Enterprise           Partners, beneficiaries, associates and team members; As we near […]
December 13, 2018

Good things come in 3s!

We are very proud to announce that #XFsuccess children’s cutlery business Doddl, run by former RAF Intelligence Officer Rosie Phelps-Goggin, her sister Catherine Dodd & Director […]
December 9, 2018

XFE & NatWest Military Widows programme wins at the Financial Innovation Awards!

I am delighted to announce that the ‘Empowering Armed Forces Widows Through Enterprise’ Programme run by X-Forces Enterprise and hosted by NatWest was a finalist at […]
December 4, 2018

Keeping the Small Business Saturday momentum going!

The 1st December marked the 6th Small Business Saturday, encouraging shoppers to support small businesses, particularly during the festive period. At X-Forces Enterprise we have seen […]
December 1, 2018

Ren Kapur featured in HELLO magazine feature on inspirational women

Ren Kapur, Founder and CEO of X-Forces Enterprise has been featured in HELLO magazine  as part of a special feature on inspirational women. The video, as […]
November 20, 2018

Opinion Piece: Brexit and the small business skills shortage

As said by FSB Chairman, Mike Cherry: ‘More than one in three small firms now say lack of access to the right skills is holding back […]
November 15, 2018

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018 – Gosport Enterprise Fair

In celebration of Global Enterprise Week and following the success of our first Gosport Armed Forces Enterprise Fair in 2016 hosted by MP Caroline Dinenage, X-Forces […]
November 10, 2018

First Widows Programme Hailed an Overwhelming Success

The first ‘Empowering Armed Forces Widows Through Enterprise’ programme run by X-Forces Enterprise (XFE), which took place in London this summer, has been hailed an overwhelming […]
November 10, 2018

HELLO Highlights XFE Founder in ‘A Year of Love’ Campaign

The work of X-Forces Enterprise’s CEO and founder, Ren Kapur MBE, has been recognised by HELLO! in their ‘A Year of Love’ presentation, in partnership with […]
November 9, 2018

Remembrance Day: 100 years. Thank you for your service

The First World War had an impact on every person in every town and village in the UK. One hundred years later we commemorate and remember […]
November 8, 2018

Celebrating Diversity Part 2: Inspiration and Inclusion

“Diversity may be the term that identifies our distinguishing features, but inclusion is what will truly bring us together. Diversity may get you a seat at […]
October 31, 2018

Key benefits for small businesses from the #Budget2018

Key benefits for small businesses from the #Budget2018: Start Up Loans scheme extended till 2021 so we can support even more entrepreneurs with start up funding […]
October 30, 2018

Black History Month: Celebrating Diversity

Black History Month celebrates the progress and achievements made by BAME communities. I was honoured to participate in two Black History Month events: the Army BAME […]
October 28, 2018

Celebrating the WIS community! #InvictusGames #SagePower50 #DisabilityConfidentCommitment

What a fantastic year it has been for the Invictus Games in Sydney celebrating our talented WIS warrior sportsmen. 17 medals for Team UK so far…Wow! […]
October 16, 2018

New research highlights challenges Veterans face in becoming self-employed

A new report, ‘Self-employment and the Armed Forces Community’, has revealed the barriers ex-Service personnel face in becoming self-employed after leaving the Armed Forces. Research conducted […]
October 16, 2018

#5yearsofXFE – X-Forces Enterprise 5th Anniversary

It seems like just yesterday I met with Rt.Hon the Lord Young of Grantham to discuss the creation of X-Forces Enterprise to support members of the […]
September 25, 2018

Judge’s View, Ren Kapur MBE: What do judges look for in a nomination?

I am delighted to be a judge for the Soldiering On Awards. It is humbling to read about the outstanding endeavors and achievements of those who […]
September 23, 2018

Catching up with the Soldering On Awards Business of the Year 2018 Winners

The Soldiering on Awards 2018 were a particularly proud moment for X-Forces Enterprise as three award-winning businesses were ones we supported. This year, X-Forces Enterprise Founder […]
September 13, 2018

5 reasons why you should enter your startup into award ceremonies?

Being nominated for an award is an incredibly rewarding feeling. Not only are awards a recognition of the hard work you’ve put into building your business, […]
September 7, 2018

The X-Forces Enterprise and Soldiering On Awards is now part of the X-Forces Enterprise: Launch Event

This month we proudly announced Soldiering On Awards is now part of the X-Forces Enterprise at our nominations launch event on the 4th September at the […]
August 12, 2018
Lord Ashcroft Business School

Ren Kapur MBE Appointed Visiting Fellow at Lord Ashcroft International Business School

London July 2018. Ren Kapur MBE, CEO and Founder of X-Forces Enterprise (XFE), has been appointed Visiting Fellow at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School at […]
June 27, 2018
Ren Kapur MBE

Why ex-Armed Forces personnel make great business people

May 11, 2018
Craig Dignam Aka ‘Diggers’ charity walk

Supporting Craig Dignam Aka ‘Diggers’ On His Greatest Walking Challenge Yet!

April 24, 2018
Soldiering On Awards 2018 – A Night of Recognition and Celebrations

Soldiering On Awards 2018 – A Night of Recognition and Celebrations

April 11, 2018

Building on Our Strengths, Stepping Stones for Success within the XFE Community

March 15, 2018
X-Forces Enterprise and the Forces Pension Society Charitable Fund

X-Forces Enterprise and the Forces Pension Society Charitable Fund Launch Initiative to Empower Armed Forces Widows and Dependants

February 14, 2018
Soldiering On Awards 2018

A Spectacular Evening Celebrating Soldering On Awards 2018 Finalists

On Thursday 8 February 2018, X-Forces Enterprise and Soldering On Awards proudly hosted nearly 200 guests, including 40 finalists, at the Soldering On Awards Finalists Drinks […]
January 11, 2018
SOA awards finalists

Announcing the 2018 Soldering On Awards Finalists

As CEO of X-Forces and proud partners of the 2018 Soldering On Awards (SOA), we are delighted to announce this year’s finalists. I am equally proud to […]