Those serving in the armed forces are trained to be tough, self-disciplined and ready to adapt to adversity. And individuals discharging from military careers stand to transform and grow organisations as the value of their training is finally being recognised in the business industry.
Successful SME owners are passionate about their business but rarely about the administration needed to support it. Doing accounts must be one of the least appealing jobs.
As the first anniversary of the departure of British troops from Afghanistan approaches and the British Army faces cuts that could reduce it to its smallest for nearly 250 years, more and more soldiers are finding themselves looking for new careers. In many cases, the move from military to civilian life will come as something of a shock.
Business owners should address the skills gap by hiring former servicemen and women, argues Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins.