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Retiring veterans of armed forces and emergency services offered help with their Next Step

2018-03-13
New online service launches to bring professionally skilled veterans and potential customers together


March 13, 2018, LIVERPOOL, UK. Press Dispensary. A new online platform goes live today that enables veterans of the armed forces and emergency services to offer their professional skills and trades to the public. Veterans Next Step is pre-launching now to invite veterans to register with details of the professional services they offer. The full launch of Veterans Next Step will be in Spring 2018, when the public and local businesses will be able to search for the skilled people and services they need.

Darren Melia, founder and operations director, explained: “So many of Britain’s fabulous armed forces and emergency services personnel learn skills that amount to more than just a job. For them it’s a vocation, a career with training to the very highest standards, and with experience gained under the most demanding circumstances.

“When they leave the services, often with a long working life ahead of them, the next step for many is to set up their own businesses and offer their wealth of skills, knowledge and experience to the communities in which they settle. Veterans Next Step provides a great opportunity for them to showcase what they offer, and for their future customers to find them.”

Veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and Fire & Rescue are invited to pitch their offers across more than 60 business sectors, whether they trade as, for example, builders, electricians or mechanics, or offer such services as computer repairs, bookkeeping or physiotherapy, to name just a few.

An example profile – of former Colour Sergeant Ste Talbot who now runs Lock Smart, a mobile locksmith business in Liverpool, and was part of the inspiration for Veterans Next Step – may be seen at http://www.veteransnextstep.co.uk/example-profile-page/ .

Darren Melia continued: “Veterans Next Step is a far cry from the standard local trades directory. We’re entirely free to customers and our veterans don’t pay any connection fees or commission. We simply put them in touch with each other. And we aren’t just there to find a plumber or joiner but cover a very wide range of skills, trades and services, locally and nationwide.”

Customers will also be able to leave rated reviews, giving feedback for the veterans and adding to their profile and knowledge bank.

Darren Melia added: “In the UK we’re extremely proud of our services veterans who give so much without question and place themselves in danger to protect us. As they change careers, Veterans Next Step lets us all say thank you as we support them in building their professional businesses and benefit from their extraordinary levels of motivation and commitment.”

Veterans are invited to register at http://www.veteransnextstep.co.uk/registration/ where a profile takes about ten minutes to complete. If they register before 1 May they will pay nothing for their first year apart from a £5 registration fee to cover admin costs.

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Notes for editors
Veterans Next Step is the brainchild of Darren Melia, who is now its operations director and spokesperson, and is passionate about supporting the UK’s veterans after they leave the services.

Veterans Next Step technical director is Andrew Davies who has headed up the design team responsible for the website and its forthcoming social media presence. Andrew is a Fellow of both the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Institute of Sales Management (ISM).

For further information, comments and interviews please contact
Darren Melia, operations director
Veterans Next Step
Tel: 07733 321352
Email:

Andrew Davies, technical director
Veterans Next Step
Tel: 07964 864746
Email:

Site: www.veteransnextstep.co.uk
Twitter: @VeteransTNS
Facebook: @VeteransNextStep
Linked IN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/18355173/

Media contacts

Darren Melia, operations director
Tel: 07733 321352
Email:

Andrew Davies, technical director
Veterans Next Step
Tel: 07964 864746
Email:

Site: www.veteransnextstep.co.uk
Twitter: @VeteransTNS
Facebook: @VeteransNextStep
Linked IN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/18355173/

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Steve Talbot - Inspiration behind Veterans Next Step and owner of Lock Smart

Steve Talbot - Inspiration behind Veterans Next Step and owner of Lock Smart
Steve Talbot - Inspiration behind Veterans Next Step and owner of Lock Smart
Steve Talbot, veteran and typical user of Veterans Next Step. Steve owns and operates Lock Smart, a renowned locksmith operating in Merseyside
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Steve Talbot, veteran and typical user of Veterans Next Step. Steve owns and operates Lock Smart, a renowned locksmith operating in Merseyside

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Steve Talbot - Inspiration behind Veterans Next Step

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Steve Talbot whilst serving in the 1st Battalion the Kings Regiment. Steve is a close friend of Darren Melia (founder) and part inspiration
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Steve Talbot whilst serving in the 1st Battalion the Kings Regiment. Steve is a close friend of Darren Melia (founder) and part inspiration

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Lock Smart - the business of former Colour Sergeant Steve Talbot, who was an inspiration for Veterans Next Step
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Darren Melia founder of Veterans Next Step

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