The Milspo Business Network has teamed up with Small Business Britain to help launch an important campaign to support military spouses, partners and other halves in business during these difficult times. Many small businesses across the UK have been devastated by COVID-19 and do not know where to turn to for support. Many are not reaching out at all. The Big Support campaign is a nationwide effort to help small businesses through the unprecedented situation facing them today. It aims to provide support ranging from direct business aid and mental health support to business showcasing.
Military spouses and partners, who already deal with unique challenges on a daily basis, are now facing even more uncertain times as their partners re-task and deploy as front-line key-workers. The Milspo Business Network wants to support small business owners through this crisis and offer hope for themselves, their families and their staff. That’s why throughout May as part of the Big Support campaign, we’ll be selecting 30 members of the Network to have their businesses exclusively showcased. Each day of the month, a different business will be advertised and promoted by the Network, bringing that company to the attention of the Armed Forces community and the wider business community across the UK and beyond.
The Big Support campaign is happening with the backing of Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for BEIS Alok Sharma, Small Business Minister Paul Scully, and BT.
What is MILSPO?
The Milspo Business Network™ is a global network that supports all UK military spouses, partners and other-halves to build the business of their dreams. Using digital solutions to provide valid and functional training, networking and access to a community not limited by location. A network to help inspire this often isolated but inspirational community living the ‘magnolia walled life’ and running their own business. The Milspo Business Network is a subsidiary of The InDependent Spouse CIC.
“We specialise in providing quality and easy to understand financial advice for forces families and all frontline/key worker communities.
“We understand your needs, your benefit and pay packages and work flexibility around your location and shifts. We offer whole-of-market brokers for mortgages, life/illness/income cover, home insurances and will writers/estate planners. To us you are never just a number. “Running a business has its own challenges and being a military spouse also has its own unique challenges. When you combine the two, only those who know truly understand. There are many groups available but @milspobusinessnetwork offers a real structure and valuable content and opportunities.
“The COVID-19 situation has allowed me to create a deeper bond with my clients and team and given me the ability to showcase my experience and how much I really care, setting me aside from other competition. It has also given me the chance to reflect on processes and adapt new products.” www.forcesfamilyfinance.co.uk
Day 2 of Milspo’s #TheBigSupport campaign with Small Business Britain and today we’re featuring Jenna from The Book Taster
“The Book Taster is a unique book gift box company, curating personalised, handpicked, eco-conscious gifts for adults and children.
“The Tasting Boxes are curated especially for the recipient, with each box unique to the person receiving it based on the information provided at purchase.
“We support fellow small businesses (including other military businesses) by featuring them in our Tasting Boxes. The boxes promote self-care through the power of reading and are the perfect gift alternative to sending flowers.
“Being a member of the @milspobusinessnetwork has provided me with a lifeline and link to fellow military business men and women. The virtual meetups have been so wonderful to be involved with – not just to see other smiley faces – but to seek advice, reassurance and the confidence that what I’m doing is ok.
“Having a community like this to call upon has been especially important during these unprecedented times. Owning your own business can be lonely and isolating at the best of times but having these wonderful people to engage with and seek support from has been fantastic!
“The silver lining for me at the moment is that my gifts are being used by lots of customers for the soul reason they were intended: to encourage self-care, show a loved one you are thinking of them and to make people happy! They are delighted that I am still working and able to deliver this service when the high street is ultimately closed.
“So for me, I’m clinging onto this opportunity and embracing the moment, as I know it may not last once shops re-open. However, until then I am delighted to be able to spread some joy and provide a service that many people need at the moment.”
It’s Day 3 of Milspo’s #TheBigSupport campaign with Small Business Britain, and today we’re featuring Claire from DR ME
“DR ME is a health education business delivering health workshops to schools and corporations, talks, and one-to-one coaching sessions to inspire people to become the healthiest version of themselves.
“Sessions are delivered in person, or online to help as many people as possible benefit. Through interactive sessions DR ME inspires people to improve their whole-body health and well-being by addressing health from 4 key areas: diet, resilience, mind and exercise.
“With new-found knowledge, people become responsible for their own health and thus become their own doctor (and if you take the first letter of each health category it produces the acronym DR ME).
“DR ME takes people from feeling unmotivated and de-energised to feeling in control of their lives, with the ability to thrive, not simply survive. Enhanced health makes people happier and more productive, having a positive knock on to all aspects of their lives.
“@milspobusinessnetwork has given me the support and direction I have needed to get this business up off the ground. It has been a fantastic platform to ask questions and receive answers from people that have encountered similar situations with their businesses.
“It has broadened my network hugely and given me the potential to meet lots of new professionals that lead a similar transient life as myself. There are so many qualified spouses with many vast talents, it is a great pool of people to utilise in the furthering of my business. They get it, all the trials and tribulations that come with running a business and moving every couple of years. I have made some fantastic friends and connections along the journey of creating my business and Milspo has helped engineer this- thank you.
“During Covid-19 I have spent the last 5 weeks releasing a daily DR ME fitness challenge for people young and old, particularly aimed at school aged children. During daily live sessions I have helped keep people moving by doing fitness treasure hunts, copycat circuits and lucky dip sessions to name a few.
“DR ME has been providing online sessions to both groups and individuals to make them aware of actions people can take to make themselves the healthiest version of themselves in this strange era we find ourselves in. These sessions have been positively welcomed by all involved.”
“I have also had time to further my qualifications and work towards my health coaching certificate that I will obtain next month. I’ve been taking time to further my knowledge in areas that I am less confident in, for example I’ve just started a 12-week social media course”
Onto Day 4 of Milspo’s #TheBigSupport campaign with Small Business Britain and today we welcome Liz from Money Bee
Onto Day 10 of Milspo’s #TheBigSupport campaign with Small Business Britain and we welcome Jessica Consterdine from
To find out about the other 30 businesses follow these links…