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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-02-06

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Ex-service personnel bring new hopes to fellow veterans

Daren Hayes, Operations Manager, Heroes4Hire-Handymen, Conah Smith, Lee Coburn, Paul Gee, Branch Manager, Northgate Vehicle Hire, Runcorn, Paul Greenhalgh, Michael Dunkerley-Edwards, Craig Denton, Craig Wood, Nigel Blanchard, CEO and Founder of Heroes4Hire-Handymen, Jamie Brooke, Kevin Byron, Lee Cocker, Paul Dooley and James Jastrzebski.

A new business has been set up called:- 'Heroes4hire-Handymen,' that provides fully funded training and a future within new careers for the UK's ex-servicemen and women.

At the start of June 2017, a cohort of 11 ex-servicemen who have just completed 6 weeks of rigorous and intense training to carry out every aspect of property maintenance and are now employed.

Since the graduating from Reaseheath College, in Nantwich, on 23 May 2017, the 11 veterans, will now be operating throughout:- Warrington, Merseyside and Lancashire.

Each veteran was presented with the keys to their fully equipped and branded vans by founder and CEO of Heroes4Hire-Handymen, Nigel Blanchard, a Winsford based former RAF Aerospace Systems Operator, at a special presentation event the following day, at Northgate Vehicle Hire, Runcorn.

This is the 2nd cohort to be trained and operational in the North West; the 1st cohort graduated at the end of March 2017 and are currently employed within the Greater Manchester area.

Heroes4Hire-Handymen was launched by Nigel Blanchard, and involves the training of former soldiers, sailors, airmen (and women) with a full complement of property maintenance skills and then setting them up with a full employment career, complete with a smart uniform, mobile phone and fully equipped, branded van.

In teams of up to 12 at a time, they undergo a 32 day, residential course at Reaseheath College, Nantwich, and Nigel is planning on having a team of new recruits 'graduate' every 6 weeks, as part of an agreed 4 year National Roll Out plan.

His aim is to create an army of fully qualified handymen and women sourced entirely from ex-armed forces personnel.

Nigel, 53, explained:- "Just over 2 years ago I identified an opportunity to supply handyman and maintenance services on a more formal and professional basis. 2 years of hard work later and Heroes4Hire-Handymen was born. It draws on and allows the public to access the discipline, teamwork, dependability and integrity of individuals who served their country and offers each veteran the opportunity to develop their own skills and business acumen."

All the training for each veteran is fully funded by Nigel's company, based in Birchwood, Warrington, which also provides full employment along with salary, pension, NI contri, butions, tools and fully equipped vans.

He has already negotiated and agreed commercial terms for maintenance contracts with Countrywide Group, the UK's largest chain of estate agents and is in negotiations with several other national firms' property companies.

For more information please visit:- H4H-Handymen.Co.UK.


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