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Be the BossThe Royal British Legion is currently reviewing options for our 'Be the Boss' scheme. We have experienced unprecedented demand for the service and we want to ensure we continue to deliver a high quality service to as many beneficiaries as possible.

As part of this ongoing process we took the difficult decision to suspend entry to the scheme for new applicants. However, this will be a temporary measure as we investigate ways of changing the programme. We aim to reopen the scheme later this year.

In April 2013 we opened the loan element of the scheme to existing clients. Those who were registered and active in the scheme were able to apply for a 'Be the Boss' loan of up to £5,500. Eligible applicants were asked to express their interest by April 2013 and no further loan applications are being considered. (Please note that, as with any programme, an application for a loan is not an automatic guarantee of funding.)

Existing clients who remained active on the scheme have also continued to receive start-up training, support to identify and source funding, and mentoring advice for the first 12 months after the business has been set up regardless of applying for a 'Be the Boss' loan.

Our 'Be the Boss' scheme is primarily a business support service. Whilst availability and access to funding from 'Be the Boss' is a necessary element for some clients, the majority access the scheme for training and mentoring. Our focus for the scheme is still to assist ex-Service personnel in equipping themselves with the skills and tools to run a business.

We are capturing interest from those who wish to enter the scheme when it reopens. Please email to register your interest.

Who the scheme is for

If you served in the UK Armed Forces and you're thinking of starting a small business in the UK, our Be the Boss scheme can help you get it off the ground.

How we help

In conjunction with our partners we can give you:

  • training in setting up a small business;
  • help with writing your business plan;
  • help with financial planning;
  • provide assistance to source funding to help you launch and expand the business; and
  • business 'health checks' and mentoring. 

How to find out more Be the Boss

You can access more information about Be the Boss by visiting our Civvy Street website and going to the Be the Boss page.

If you can't find what you need on the website please call our helpline on 0800 678 5787.

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