The challenges and benefits of employing veterans as a Small Business

Enterprise mobility specialists DOGFI.SH Mobile employs 40 members of staff, which includes 25 full-time, UK-based employees.

The company, headquartered in Stirling, signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2014 and has received a Silver Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for their active support towards both ex-military personnel and reservists. Simon Cole, Operations Director, is a former helicopter navigator in the RAF and now a reservist, and one of DOGFI.SH Mobile’s Project Managers is ex-RAF.                

As a small business, Simon reports a number of challenges in actively trying to engage with and recruit veterans. For example, the services CTP provide to employers are focused on larger business, not SMEs.

Small companies quite often struggle with organisation, introducing process and discipline, so someone who has been in the military can be of great benefit as they are used to following process and can make order out of chaos.
— Simon Cole

However, DOGFI.SH Mobile is clear on their commitment to support ex-Forces personnel and reservists and understand the value veterans can bring to a small business. He adds, “Small companies quite often struggle with organisation, introducing process and discipline, so someone who has been in the military can be of great benefit as they are used to following process and can make order out of chaos. They can also deal with high-pressure and dif cult situations and are extremely adaptable. Ex-military personnel are also better at creating a team environment – which is what is needed when trying to grow a small business.”


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