Self-Employment course ignites career plans for Heroes

Self-Employment course ignites career plans for Heroes

A new course designed to help injured servicemen and women take their first steps into the world of Self-Employment took place at the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Colchester this week and finished with 11 motivated Heroes ready to begin the next chapter in their recovery after being medically discharged from the Armed Forces.  

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Delivered by successful business consultant Mark Bedford, who comes from a military background himself, An Introduction to Self-Employment touched on the advantages and disadvantages of becoming your own boss, developing business and marketing plans, the importance of networking, various funding sources and the power of social media. Furthermore, Mark brought in guest speaker and accountant, Kelvin Butcher, who was able to provide the group with invaluable Income Tax, National Insurance and VAT advice.  One member of the group described this part of the one day course as “outstanding and very informative.”

The group then shared their business ideas, receiving supportive peer group feedback, and all left fired up with ideas for putting their career plans into practice.

One hero appreciated the focus being on their business ideas and not on their injuries. Whilst another said:  “The information was just right. It has helped me to perfect my business plan and follow correct channels.”

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Mark said: “It was a privilege to be able to share my knowledge and experience with Help for Heroes and the guys. I’m looking forward to developing the course further and rolling it out so that more of our wounded troops can benefit from it and demonstrate that there is life beyond injury or sickness.”

The Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Colchester runs a variety of courses and provides support for Serving personnel, veterans and their families as they continue to live with their injuries inflicted whilst serving in the armed forces. If you are interested in this course or would like to know what the Recovery Centre can do for you please call 01206 815838 or email

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