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In Conversation with Scott Johnson, Founder of Veteran Owned UK (VOUK)

We sat down with VOUK Founder, Scott Johnson, to find more about what inspired him to create Veteran Owned and what he hopes to achieve going forward


Following the announcement of the partnership between WWTW and Veteran Owned UK (VOUK), we sat down with VOUK Founder, Scott Johnson, to find more about what inspired him to create Veteran Owned and what he hopes to achieve going forward:

 

1.      You served in the Royal Engineers for 8 years, could you introduce yourself quickly and tell us a little about your service?

I joined the Royal Engineers at 17 and trained as an Electrician. I spent most of my time with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) during the 8 years I served.

2.      What inspired you to create VOUK?

I would love to be able to take credit for the idea of Veteran Owned UK but I actually found a similar site over in the US in 2017 and as there was no active websites doing this type of directory here in the UK, so I started VOUK and grew it to what it is today.

3.      What does VOUK offer to the veteran community?

There are two sides to VOUK. The website is where the public can find a business owned by a serving member of the Armed forces, a Veteran or a Spouse of either background. We also have a Facebook group called The Business Bunker which is a peer-to-peer support group to help those who have a business or want to start one.

4.      As a veteran yourself, have you got any advice for service-leavers that may be worried about the transition to ‘civvy street’?

Put in the groundwork as early as possible. Use tools such as LinkedIn to start building up your network in industries or areas you may be interested in. If you want to work for yourself or start a business, think about if you can do that alongside your remaining time in the military so you have the safety blanket of a wage coming in whilst you build your business. Whilst doing this, find a group of likeminded people who will be able to help you with their own experience of leaving the military.

5.      How did you first hear about WWTW, and why have you chosen to partner with us?

I had seen WWTW over the years and always admired what you do and how it helps in multiple ways. I took part in Walking Home for Christmas in 2020 and got the VOUK community involved with several teams taking part under the VOUK title organisation. It was an opportunity to learn more about WWTW through discussions with several of the staff that made me want to do more, so the partnership was the natural next step to be able to do that.

6.      What are you most looking forward to from the partnership with WWTW?

I am particularly keen to work with WWTW to explore opportunities for the charity to work with small and large businesses to further help them support more veterans.

7.      What’s next for VOUK?

VOUK is already the largest directory of its kind in the UK but I don’t want to stop there. I plan to continue to grow the directory as well as bringing new ways to further raise awareness amongst the general public of the amazing things being done by business owners from the military community. Watch this space.

8.      Lastly, if anyone wants to find out more about VOUK, where can they find you?

Our website is where anyone can use our directory and can be found at www.veteran-owned.uk
We are also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so just put Veteran Owned UK in the search to find our profile on those platforms.


Read more about the partnership between WWTW and VOUK here 

 

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