Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed a new scheme to provide ex-service personnel with loans and grants to help them start up their own business.
The Labour Government has announced the “Be the Boss” enterprise scheme which will be delivered by the Royal British Legion throughout the UK.
David Hanson said:
“Veterans in Flintshire who have bravely served their country deserve help to get a business going. This scheme will take business ideas off the drawing board and made into reality.
“I would urge veterans who might be thinking of setting up a business to get in touch with the Royal British Legion to see what support they can access.”
Business Minister Lord Drayson said:
“In my time at Defence, I’ve been inspired by the talent, capability and can-do attitude of the armed forces. Those are exactly the qualities you need in business too, but ex-service personnel are under-represented when it comes to start ups and self-employment.
“This scheme puts that right, helping former servicemen and women to be their own boss and go on contributing to our society.”
Veterans Minister Kevan Jones said:
“So many members of the Armed Forces have the skills and discipline to make a success of their own business. This scheme will provide them with the tools – and confidence – to develop sound business plans, as well as funding start-up costs. It is another example of our commitment to the men and women who have served our country.”
Notes for Editors
· The “Be the Boss” scheme will be delivered by the Royal British Legion and will be open to registrations of interest from April 1 2010 throughout the UK.
· All those leaving the Services since the commencement of operations in Afghanistan (October 2001), as well as reservists who have seen active service since that date, will be eligible for this scheme.
· Ex-service personnel, who have been discharged since 7 October 2001, will be able to apply for a loan of up to £30,000 and grants of up to £7,500 through the scheme.