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Date Posted: Wednesday, 23 August 2017 @ 13:56
Graeme came on our LifeWorks course after he was medically discharged from the Royal Navy. Last year he took on a #BeBraveWithMe challenge to raise funds to support Britain's Bravest, climbing the O2 with Major Heather Stanning and a number of other veterans who had been supported by RBLI.Now, he's taking on his next challenge and sailing his steam boat down the Thames from Oxford to Erith over a weekend. The challenge aims to raise awareness of ...
Date Posted: Thursday, 6 August 2015 @ 10:55
FDM Ex-Forces Consultant, Nicholas Insall, shares his personal journey which has led to his current exciting placement as an FDM Business Analyst at UBS located in central London. Nicholas is one of many ex-Forces personnel who have transferable skills enabling them to succeed in the commercial world.“I initially joined FDM through the FDM Ex-Forces Programme, having spent over eight years in the Army and a further year running my own ...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 2 June 2015 @ 08:32
A former sergeant in the British Army is realising hisambition to become a highly qualified welding inspector thanks to industrytraining from TWI.Stephen Norrish, who served in the military for 22 years, hasjust passed his European Welding Federation/International Institute of Weldingand (EWF/IIW) International Welding Specialist Diploma, and already has his eyeon achieving the next level of qualification in 2015.Stephen joined the Royal Electric...
Date Posted: Friday, 9 January 2015 @ 08:43
I left the forces after 9 years’service determined to find a role within business working for a major corporatecompany.My motivation to make the transition started after having children butI was extremely keen to find a role with status and high salary to match.I spent endless hours filling outapplications and attending all the networking events I could, some of whichresulted in interviews with some of the top banks, such as Barclays, but w...
Date Posted: Monday, 16 September 2013 @ 09:42
Robert left the Royal Marines after five years of service with the aim of broadening his horizons and developing a family business that would create something permanent for his future. His role within the Marines as a Stores Accountant provided Robert with an extremely organised skill-set. “Ensuring Royal Marines Commandos have the right kit in the right place, at the right time, whether at sea or land anywhere in the world is no mean feat ...
Date Posted: Thursday, 30 August 2012 @ 13:00
Paula Duncan – Area Manager – Leigh "I left the Royal Navy, after 5 years service, to start a family. I took up a part time position with Booker following maternity leave to supplement the family income. Since then I have built a long and fulfilling career with the UK's number 1 wholesaler. With the grounding of service life, I have been able to adapt to a variety of situations, working as part of a team or alone, coping under pr...
Date Posted: Thursday, 30 August 2012 @ 12:49
John McHugh – Area Manager – Paignton"Hi my name is John. After 7 years in The Royal Navy I found it difficult having a regular job, I missed the team work and challenges and the diversity of being in the services. So after a few disappointing jobs I joined Booker Wholesale as a Branch Manager. I really enjoy working at Booker - it is diverse, one day I am on the sales floor working with the team the next I am visiting customers ...
Date Posted: Friday, 24 August 2012 @ 15:14
After completing his artillery service in the military for 22 years, followed by a stint in catering, Ivan Smith decided it was time to pull rank and enter the pub trade. Ivan explains: “I left the army nine years ago and initially got into the catering industry as a catering executive helping pubs with their food offers. It was when I was working with the Field Head when an opportunity came up to take on the lease.” “Since taki...
Date Posted: Friday, 24 August 2012 @ 11:53
After six years in the army, Eddie Geater decided it was time to pull rank and run his own pub business! Eddie explains: “When I finished working in the artillery in the Army there weren’t many jobs about so I took a job as a door supervisor at CJ’s in Morley but had always liked the idea of running a business that I could put my own stamp on. When the previous licensee left, I saw an opportunity to take on a lease with Punch.&r...
Date Posted: Tuesday, 15 May 2012 @ 09:49
BFRS: Andrew how long did you serve in the Army?Andrew: "I spent 33 years serving in the Army"BFRS: Why did you chose franchising?Andrew:  "I chose franchising mainly because it was a tried and tested format. Commencing a new business from the start would entail copious amounts of research combined with detailed planning not to mention the time/expense to achieve this. A franchise in many cases has already undertaken the resea...