An ambassadorial partnership, formed between the East Midlands based veteran-owned recruitment firm RecruitME and X-Forces Enterprise was launched on Thursday 26th April 2018 at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln. The launch event saw representatives from the Armed Forces community come together with big business and small business owners and celebrate the benefits of ex-military personnel within the civilian workplace.
During the launch, founders of RecruitME Chris Buck and Howard Rudder addressed the packed auditorium to describe their journey from the Armed Forces to starting their recruitment business in 2015 and their plans as ambassadors for X-Forces Enterprise.
Representatives from partner organisations also addressed the gathered guests; Steve Johnson, Regional Operations Manager at Landmarc Solutions was invited to share Landmarc’s experience of supporting the ‘Big Business supporting Small Business’ campaign; Dr. Craig Marsh, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Director of Lincoln International Business School at Lincoln University shared the educational opportunities that his school offers service leavers and veterans to upskill; Bob Woods, Founder of Mattioli Woods PLC described how his company has benefitted from hiring from the Armed Forces Community, whilst working with RecruitME and Col. John Wilson, Regional Employer Engagement Director at East Midlands RFCA discussed the Armed Forces Covenant and Employer Recognition Scheme.
Based at Lindpet House in Grantham, RecruitME is an independent recruitment firm. Established by two veteran friends with their first careers being in the British Army and Royal Navy, the entrepreneurs were supported X-Forces Enterprise who facilitated a Government Start Up Loan.
X-Forces Enterprise is an award-winning social initiative that supports the military community including: Service leavers, veterans, military spouses & partners, reservists, cadets and children of forces by acting as a handrail to establish start-ups and for scale-ups. Their support covers the planning, funding, launch and post-launch of a business.
Martin Wing, Executive Chairman of X-Forces Enterprise, said “RecruitME is a business that has seen incredible growth thanks to its founders’ combined focus and tenacity, well-known traits of Service personnel. The work they have done to champion veteran employment in their region is outstanding and will have a positive impact on the veteran community here. We have invited Howard and Chris to become X-Forces Ambassadors in order to share their experiences and inspire the new entrepreneurs that are emerging from the Armed Forces, and I am delighted to welcome them into the team.”
The Member of Parliament for Newark & Bingham, Robert Jenrick MP, sent a message of support: “Serving in the Armed Forces has always given people a unique set of skills, a sense of commitment and leadership qualities to succeed in their lives outside of uniform. We want to see more veterans become entrepreneurs and use their skills and experiences to create exciting new British businesses. Those countries that have successfully recognised the potential of ex-servicemen and women and encouraged them to flourish have been amongst the most vibrant start-up nations in the world. This is exactly the kind of culture we want to create in the UK.”
RecruitME are a multi-sector recruitment firm with a specialist division in Ex-Forces recruitment. The company is exceptionally passionate about diversity and about delivering impeccable levels of customer service to clients and candidates, with the five core service offerings are tailored to suit the resourcing needs of each individual client.
The event was drawn to a close with music from the Military Wives Choir Cranwell.