Interserve Press Office | May 30, 2014
Landmarc Support Services (Landmarc), the international provider of training and infrastructure solutions, is announcing a new partnership which will help hundreds of ex-service personnel into the world of business.
Landmarc, which has established firm links with the armed forces through a decade of support across the MoD National Training Estate, will partner with X-Forces – which helps members of the Armed Forces community to start-up businesses when they leave the services. As part of the partnership, Landmarc will provide mentors to work with X-Forces’ entrepreneurs. Landmarc will also provide support from its rural enterprise hub in Netheravon, near Salisbury, giving people access to office and meeting space, essential to help get new businesses on their feet.
Speaking at The Hay Festival, where Landmarc is running an ‘Innovation Hub’, Head of Sustainability, Mat Roberts said: “At Landmarc we’re committed to supporting grass roots innovations in rural communities.
“Last year we launched our Landmarc 100 scheme to help small businesses with start-up costs and mentoring support. This year we’re using our presence at the Hay Festival to launch our partnership with X-Forces. From now on the entrepreneurs they work with will be able to benefit from funding we have available and support tailored to their needs.”
X-Forces’ founder and Chief Executive Officer Ms Ren Kapur, said: “Landmarc’s relationship with X-Forces will be invaluable in supporting entrepreneurs from the ex-services’ community, including reservists and spouses, as they start-up their businesses.
“Landmarc is an ideal partner as it is already immersed in the military community and understands the groups with whom X-Forces is working to launch new businesses. With Landmarc as a Corporate Member, we are able to extend the support that we can give to these ambitious individuals embarking on enterprise.”
Launched in 2013, X-Forces has already issued well over £1m in start-up loans and is currently receiving over a dozen new registrations per day from veterans, military spouses, reservists and cadets wishing to engage their support.
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Notes to Editors
- At the Hay Festival 2014 (22nd May – 1st June), Landmarc is operating an Innovation Hub to provide free-of-charge commercial advice, support and inspiration for business start-ups and entrepreneurs looking to grow an existing enterprise.
- Landmarc100 is Landmarc's rural innovation scheme. Its aim is to support up to 100 innovative ideas over three years from communities around the UK Ministry of Defence's National Training Estate through investment opportunities and business mentoring support. Landmarc’s first recipient was announced at the Winter Hay Festival in December 2013, where a grant was awarded to Wiltshire-based Natural Access, a not-for-profit social enterprise. The funds are to help the company develop an online collaboration tool that will allow environmental and heritage groups to share information and resources, helping to reduce their costs and to improve their operational delivery. Interested applicants can apply online in the Community Hub at www.landmarcsolutions.com.
- On the 12th May 2014 Landmarc announced a £322m contract with the Ministry of Defence to manage the MoD National Training Estate Prime contract over a new five-year term.
About Landmarc Support Services Limited
Landmarc is the international provider of choice for integrated training and sustainable infrastructure solutions. This includes consultancy, design, management and operation of training areas and ranges; explosives safety; built and rural estate management, including environmental and conservation support; information management and administration services; project management and commercial property management.
The company is jointly owned by two leading businesses in their field - Interserve, a major player in the international support services and construction market and American firm PAE, a leading provider of global mission services to the U.S. Government and its allied partners.
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