Why Brick Supports the Poppy Appeal
Brick technology Limited was helped to get up and running by the Royal British Legion. They have a business startup scheme for ex-service men and women.
If you served in the UK Armed Forces and you're thinking of starting a small business in the UK, The British Legion's "Be the Boss" scheme can help you get it off the ground.
How they help
In conjunction with partners they can give you:
- training in setting up a small business;
- help with writing your business plan;
- help with financial planning;
- funding to help you launch and expand the business; and
- business 'health checks' and mentoring.
If you're just starting up you can apply for funding of up to £7,500, and if you get start-up funding you can also apply for funding to grow the business once you've been trading successfully for six months.
If you've already got a business and you've been trading for more than 12 months and less than 24 months you can apply for funding of up to £30,000.
Funds are a mixture of grants and loans and go up to a maximum of £30,000 per person.
If your business gets funding you will also be offered business mentoring and regular health checks. This will help you to identify and resolve problems and manage revenue and debt effectively.
We at Brick are all wearing our poppies with pride.
Here are some personal pictures of who I will be remembering on armistice day
My Grandad, William James Clarke fought in the 1st World War and was with the British expeditionary forces evacuated from Dunkirk in the 2nd World War.
My Dad, James Austin Clarke. He heard Churchill on the radio announcing the start of the 2nd World War and jumped straight out of bed and joined the RAF.
My Father-in-law Jack Pickup a tank commander served in Belgium, France and Holland.
Me, Served in Berlin and Singapore
..and now my Stepson Daniel is continuing the tradition and has served in several conflicts and currently stationed at RAF Coningsby.
Please wear your poppy with pride and make a donation
The British Legion is still helping, it's not just for old Spitfire pilots, but for service men, women and their families in today's world.
Without the support from the Poppy Appeal Brick technology probably wouldn't have had the business opportunity and we're still going strong 23 years in!