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BE YOUR OWN BOSS - why not?

Calling military spouses, partners and military leavers:

Ever thought about...

  • Starting a business – on your own or with friends?
  • Earning money from a hobby or creative talent?
  • Going self-employed or freelance?
  • Resurrecting your career – but with you in charge?

The Salisbury Plain 'super-garrison' area is already home to many soldiers and their families and this is set to increase by several thousand more as Army basing plans take effect. Many choose to settle in the area after leaving the service. 

Becoming your own boss is one of the top ten choices for military leavers looking for new careers – and in Wiltshire, The Enterprise Network is supporting forces personnel, and their partners, to do just that. 

A series of free Be Your Own Boss coffee morning-style events funded by TEN and run by Wiltshire Business Support Service attracted 60+ military spouses/partners and military leavers. The events were kept informal and welcoming, with free childcare available. They were targeted at people who may have had a spark of a business idea, or wanted to resurrect their career or were thinking about going self-employed.

Although the Be Your Own Boss events have now finished, contact The Enterprise Network now to see how we can help you get your business off the ground: 01264 848311
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The Enterprise Network is keen to support military leavers and military partners looking to launch or develop a business idea in Swindon and Wiltshire

The Enterprise Network (TEN) is using EU and Government funds to offer free, impartial, business start-up support and advice and grants as well as launching four Enterprise Centres including one just two miles from Tidworth in the Salisbury Plain.

The Enterprise Centres offer new, affordable office space (just £50 per desk/week, all inclusive) alongside hot desks, meeting and training rooms and 'virtual office' services - perfect for start-up businesses, or enterprises ready to grow.

Proud of our military connections

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Jane Scott, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "We're proud to be a military county and we recognise the economic value of having service personnel living and working in Wiltshire.

"The Be Your Own Boss events provided an excellent springboard to help inspire service leavers and partners of military personnel to launch their own business ideas with expert support and advice."


The Enterprise Network is particularly pleased to support women entrepreneurs, military personnel and their partners and dependents who want to launch or develop a business. A series of free networking events for women in business has been launched and is proving very popular.

To find out more about how service leavers and service partners can get free, independent and impartial advice and information about launching – or growing - their own businesses in Wiltshire, contact your local Enterprise Centre (see the tab on the menu) call 01264 848311 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Enterprise Network initiative is led by Wiltshire Council supported by a range of organisations including the Military Civilian Integration Partnership and 1st Artillery Brigade & South West 1st Artillery Brigade & South West (formerly 43 Wessex Brigade)

Funders include Wiltshire Council, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Government Equalities Office and the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).

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