An Afghanistan bomb blast survivor and a fellow former soldier are on target for business success after their award-winning first aid and emergency training company secured a major contract with the Ministry of Defence.
John Loveday and Paul Hood's Spearhead Compliance Training was launched just 18 months ago but is already one of the UK's most successful start-up enterprises, employing 125 trainers operating nationwide.
Their business success story began when John left the British Army in 2009 and struggled to find work. After several months of unemployment, during which he “felt like giving up”, John walked into APM and asked for help.
John, a father-of-two said: “After serving seven years in the military and surviving the harshest fighting the British Army has seen to date I decided the army was no longer for me.
“I attempted to find work and I struggled because I didn't have civilian recognised qualifications. I also didn't realise at the time that I was suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Times were tough and there was a time when I felt like giving up.
“I then walked into APM and asked if they could help me. From there I gained employment, met Paul and we set up Spearhead Compliance Training.”
Their client base now includes care homes, national hotels, restaurants, and theatres all the way through to our biggest client the Ministry of Defence, recently securing a contract worth £450,000.
“If it wasn't for APM getting me my Train the Trainer qualification and giving me my confidence back I don't know where I would have been today,” added John.
Pictured: Paul Hood (left) and John Loveday of Spearhead Compliance Training.