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Armed for Entrepreneurship with support from Royal Bank of Scotland; COMMENT.

ROYAL Bank of Scotland and Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to help ex-military personnel entering selfemployment.

ViNE - Veterans into New Enterprise - is a Scotlandwide programme designed to actively support veterans and their families in starting their own business.

Forth Valley was the first Chamber in Scotland to sign the Armed Forces covenant and Chamber member Royal Bank of Scotland has become an official partner of the programme.

As part of the partnership, Royal Bank of Scotland will be offering support to entrepreneurs and startups through their team of Business Growth Enablers and business banking teams who will work as mentors and advisors.

It is part of the bank's commitment to supporting entrepreneurs across Scotland, offering tailored solutions to the unique challenges different sectors and groups face when starting their own business.

Forth Valley Chamber CEO, Michelle McKearnon said: "In recent years the team at Royal Bank of Scotland have been great supporters of both Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce and the work we do to support ex-forces personnel.

"I am delighted to be moving this support onto a more official footing by announcing them as corporate partners of the ViNE programme. For our business start-ups and fledgling entrepreneurs to be able to draw on Royal Bank of Scotland's experience and mentoring is going to be a huge benefit."

Alan Smart, director of Business Banking with Royal Bank of Scotland, said: "Starting your own business is an exciting but also a daunting experience. This is even more acute for former military personnel making the transition to civilian life.

"As a keen supporter of SMEs in Scotland with a strong local network through our team of Business Growth Enablers, we can help Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce's ViNE programme build on its success and help even more people achieve their entrepreneurial goals."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Insider Monthly
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 1, 2017
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