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Setting your MilSpo Business Up for Q4 Success Masterclass
Setting your MilSpo Business Up for Q4 Success Masterclass

Wed, 11 Sept

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Virtual Event

Setting your MilSpo Business Up for Q4 Success Masterclass

Time & Location

11 Sept 2024, 12:00 – 13:00

Virtual Event

About the Event

Join Jess Sands, Founder of the The Milspo® Network CIC, for a brilliant masterclass that will focus on how to get your momentum back after the summer holidays and enable you to finish the year strong, knowing what you want, where you're going, and how you're going to achieve it.

Jess will also be sharing with us information on her new Business Launch Accelerator Course that is launching this Autumn. You can find out more details here

About Jess Sands – Founder of The Milspo® Network CIC

Jess Sands is no stranger to the challenges of starting a business. A few years ago, she was a successful full-time graphic designer with a portfolio including Disney, Caroline Gardner and Marks & Spencer. But when she met her future husband, a pilot in the RAF, everything changed. Moving house every two years meant that Jess had to give up the career that she loved. After a year of struggling to get employment in an often reluctant market to hire military spouses due to their transitory nature, Jess decided to develop her business Design Jessica. Since then, she has gone from strength to strength.

Jess is passionate about helping other military spouses, partners and other-halves through the same difficult transition that she made. Her business specialises in designing brands for new companies within the Armed Forces community.

Recent moves have seen Jess run her company from Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire…back to Oxfordshire…and now from Central London.

She was initially inspired to start the business network off the back of a particularly tough few years during the Afghanistan conflict, where she felt incredibly isolated. Finding her business to be a source of distraction and connection to like-minded people, she started a networking group in her first posting.

Since then, that idea has evolved into The Milspo Business Network - an inclusive group to stop the feeling of isolation due to military life.

Design Jessica is a top 100 Small Business Saturday company and a winner of a Supporting the Unsung Hero Business Award. Jess has been honoured as a top 100 UK SME business with Small Business Saturday, an f:entrepreneur top UK female entrepreneur.

Through her work with Milspo, Jess is an #ialso 2019 Top 100 Female Entrepreneur, a finalist of the 2023 Digital Women Awards and was named in The Telegraph NatWest 100 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2022. In addition, Milspo was an Equality of Opportunity award winner at the 2022 Women in Defence Awards.

The Milspo Network CIC has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging its support for the Armed Forces community to receive equality and fair treatment when seeking access to public or private goods and services within the UK. As a result, it was awarded Silver Status by the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme.

Jess sits on the MoD’s Partner Employment Steering Group as a Milspo Ambassador, COBSEO Cluster Group for Partner Employment, and was named by the Prime Minister as a Points of Light Award Winner in 2023. She is the host of The InDependent Spouse podcast and author of ‘Building Business Beyond the Magnolia Box – a guide for entrepreneurs living in a modern military world’.

Jess lives just outside of London, in her magnolia married quarter, with her RAF pilot husband, son, and cheeky rescue animals Emma, Freya and Odin. When she’s not busy building businesses, you can typically find her getting bashed on a hockey pitch or taking the (often frosty) plunge open water swimming in her local lake.

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