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Building Business Beyond the Magnolia Box

Military life is filled with challenges so adding a business into the mix can create even more chaos.

However, author Jess Sands is here to guide military partners through the journey of building a successful business with her new book, "Building Business Beyond the Magnolia Box."

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Cyber Confident in Defence

Back again for a second season, the Front Liners Gameshow is available to play right now.

It's open to those across military where players put their cyber knowledge to the ultimate test - the highest scorers will get the opportunity to battle it out in a live final and have their service crowned as Front Liners Champion 2023!

For more information, visit the Cyber Confident in Defence SharePoint, Defence Connect, or get in touch with the team at [email protected].

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Fancy winning £200 of shopping vouchers?

How do you fancy winning £200 of shopping vouchers? It's very simple and will take no more than 10 minutes.

If you are serving in the Armed Forces, an employee of the MoD or a dependent then let us know your thoughts about our services and, in return, we'll enter you into our prize draw!

Domestic Abuse Awareness

The Ministry of Defence has launched its strategy to tackle domestic abuse within the Armed Forces and defence civilian communities. All forms of domestic abuse are not acceptable in any situation.

If you’re experiencing domestic abuse, in any form, then it’s important to remember that it’s not your fault and there is no shame in seeking help - the video above has more details and, to find out more, click the link below!

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Welcome to the Union Jack Club

Have you heard of the Union Jack Club? The charity is a Tri-Services Members' Club and accommodation that is in the very heart of London.

It's exclusively open to serving and veteran enlisted members of His Majesty's Armed Forces.

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Headspace licences for serving personnel

Headspace is a personal guide, with hundreds of meditations and exercises for sleep, focus, and movement. Due to existing partnerships, you could get a FREE licence, usually £49.99/ year.

To find out more head to the following websites: Royal Navy, Army or RAF.

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Access news from around the world

Want to have access to over 7,000 newspapers and magazines wherever you are?

With PressReader you can and, exclusive with BFBS, you can get enjoy a special discount too!

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Producing live events around the word

Our BFBS Live Events team create award-winning entertainment for our armed forces.

From small mess functions to family days, large scale outdoor concerts to award ceremonies, and everything in-between, speak to the team to see how they can help.

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Boosting military charities

The BFBS Big Salute is our annual campaign that raises vital funds for armed forces charities.

Each year we invite forces charities to apply for grants to support specific projects for the serving military, families or veterans with every penny raised goes to the beneficiary projects.

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Pension Remedy update

The MOD Armed Forces Pension Scheme Retrospective Remedy Consultation is now open. The consultation applies to Regular, Reserve and Veteran UK Armed Forces personnel who were in pensionable Service on or before 31 March 2012 and on or after 1st April 2015 and did not have a gap in Service longer than 5 years.

It’s an opportunity to provide feedback directly to the MOD on the legislation and remedy polices and their impact. You’ll be able to submit your responses by following the consultation response link to Microsoft forms and then answering the consultation questions listed.

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Forces families to benefit as dedicated fund returns

Projects supporting military families can bid for a share of funding as the latest round of the Armed Forces Families Fund opens for applications.

The Fund, which is administered on the MOD’s behalf by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, is available to organisations who want to launch projects that have a positive impact on the lives of military communities.

Applications for the 2023 fund can be made now and for more details click below!

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Recovery through the arts

Bravo 22 Company is an award-winning recovery through the arts programme for the Armed Forces community.

The programme provides an opportunity to develop new skills as well as help to improve confidence, self-awareness and motivation to support an individual’s recovery and transition into civilian life.

The new programme for the spring season has just launched so, to find out more details and register just click the button below!

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Join BFBS Gurkha on TikTok

BFBS Gurkha is now officially on TikTok - with exciting stuff planned around entertainment, news, as well as the 200-year history of supporting the British Army, make sure you give the team a follow!

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BFBS Appoints New CEO

Ben Chapman has been appointed as the new CEO of BFBS, the military charity and media organisation which provides TV, radio and other media services to the UK armed forces and defence sector.

He is a very experienced media executive, with a long career in audio and digital at the BBC before moving to Audible as Senior Director, Original Content. Among many senior roles, he was Head of Digital and Content Commissioning for BBC Sounds (BBC Radio and Music). As editorial lead on the project he was in charge of digital activity in the Radio and Music division, including social media, for all the BBC’s national radio stations.

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DDS Savings Amid Cost of Living Crisis

The Defence Discount Service has partnered with big name brands to offer the UK’s armed forces, defence community, veterans, spouses and partners some much needed savings on household and utility purchases.

They’ve teamed up with the likes of BT, Boxt, O2 and Sky to provide exclusive offers from boilers and MOTs to home insurance and phone contracts. This is to thank the defence community for their continued dedication and to help with the current economic situation.

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More ways to listen to BFBS Scotland

BFBS Scotland is now available on DAB in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Glencorse, adding to the already existing FM services across the regions.

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Universal Credit claims (living overseas update)

For anyone currently or due to be stationed outside the UK who may be eligible to claim Universal Credit, there is now additional guidance available to make the process of selecting an address clearer.

The MOD has worked to improve support, including allocating one DWP team to manage all overseas armed forces claims. To get help, or support, then email using the link below!

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Motor Finance Protocol

A new policy, introduced on the 1st of June, by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) should remove any disadvantages faced by serving personnel who have a motor finance policy for a vehicle in the UK but are required to deploy overseas.

This is only for members of the FLA and it's essential that any personnel taking out a lease-hire ensure they make it clear that they are a member of the Armed Forces to ensure the protocol applies.

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FDIS contract change

The new FDIS Accommodation contracts has come into force which will replace the current National Housing Prime (NHP) contract.

Improving the lived experience for Service Personnel and customer service are at the heart of the new FDIS Accommodation contracts.

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How do members of the armed forces work flexibly?

The newest episode of the 'Flexible Working in the Armed Forces' is now available. This series explores flexible working through the experiences of servicemen and women.

In this episode, WO2 James ‘Dutchy’ Van-Der-Linden shares his experience of working alternative arrangements.

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Always A Rifleman Programme

For veterans and their dependents of The Rifles or forming and antecedent regiments, there’s a dedicated service available 24/7.

It is proven to save lives and provides face-to-face coaching, mentoring and mental health support so call 0800 470 0941 or visit their website.

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Support our Armed Forces Community

Join over 1,000 GP practices and become Veteran Friendly accredited to unlock training for your practice and vital support for your veteran patients.

The latest entertainment

Through our BFBS Shortlist we give you the latest information about things happening on the big screen, TV, radio and more!