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The idea of Heropreneurs came about after our founder Richard Morris met a decorated former soldier who had been out of the British army for several years.

John had come from a background of grinding poverty in the north of England, had led a chaotic life before joining up and for a few years had led an equally chaotic life after leaving the forces.

Becoming a business owner by accident, Richard met John five years after he had set up in business, his company was turning over close to £1m a year and employing 50 people.

Bootstrapping his business from day one, he worked full out for seven days a week and kept his customers happy, day after day.

He put his success down to his military training, the ability to get on with people and the tenacity to succeed.

Heropreneurs is backed by successful entrepreneurs, politicians, armed forces veterans from all ranks and business leaders. We are the only registered charity in the UK which works exclusively to help former members of the armed forces, and their spouses to fulfill their potential to set up and run their own businesses.

We provide assistance with practical aspects of starting up a venture including support from a dedicated mentoring team, with expert advice on maximising impact and building a sustainable business model.

To us, self-belief is infectious.  In Britain’s armed forces community today, there are entrepreneurs everywhere – they just don’t know it yet. Success stories everywhere – they just haven’t been written yet. We must be the people who release that potential.

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From the corporate jungle to the top of the tree

Less than a decade ago, Tristram Mayhew was descending into madness – well, according to his friends at least. They couldn’t understand why he wanted to quit his sensible communications job and start frolicking around in the forest, with a treetop adventure business which seemed fraught with risk – both physical and commercial.

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