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Nicola's joy as veterans get back to work.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has officially opened a social enterprise which helps veterans get back into work.

Scotland's Bravest Manufacturing Company, in Bishopton, provides commercial signage and bespoke engineering as well as fulfilment, print and mailing services.

It started production in 2018 and all its profits are ploughed back into the company.

Ms Sturgeon said: "The activities of Scotland's Bravest Manufacturing Company are invaluable. I congratulate them on their on-going work that is supporting so many ex-service personnel and their families.

"We greatly appreciate the work carried out with, and on behalf of, veterans by organisations such as Scotland's Bravest Manufacturing Company.

"It really brings home Scotland's commitment to supporting our Armed Forces community during the transition into civilian life and beyond."

The company is based inside the former Erskine Furniture factory, which closed in 2012 and is now fully kitted out with state-of-the-art printing and cutting equipment.

As well as the practical training and learning new skills, the ex-servicemen and women are also supported in taking steps back into the world of work or training.

Michelle Ferguson, director of SBMC, said: "We are delighted the First Minister was able to perform our official opening and see firsthand the work we are doing here to provide a genuine lifeline to vulnerable veterans - many of whom have been wounded in the service of this country.

"It was a pleasure to welcome her and I know the team here has taken great encouragement from her invaluable support."

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Opening Ms Sturgeon was invited to formally open the site

Signposting support Nicola Sturgeon met (from left) Army veterans Paul Wilson and James Smith, Navy veteran Terry Ferguson and ex-RAF man William Baillie

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
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Date:Jun 18, 2019
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