MacDonald Welcomes Unique Initiative to Aid Veterans with New Business Assistance
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:15
A new initiative has been set up by Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce to support veterans and their families to set up their own business. Forth Valley is the first Chamber of Commerce in Scotland to sign the corporate covenant, formally agreeing to actively support the employment of reservists and military veterans.
ViNE – Veterans into New Enterprise, offers assistance to former serving members of the armed forces or still serving but pre-discharge. Veteran’s immediate family such as spouses, partners and dependants may also apply.
Veterans will be offered an initial meeting to discuss their business idea and support to formulate their business plan and cash flow forecast. Also on offer will be access to workshops and seminars on a range of business related topics. Applicants will also be directed to potential sources of funding and other support agencies.
This free service includes one year’s membership of the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce and all its services on offer such as legal and personnel advice.
Angus MacDonald MSP has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament highlighting this positive initiative and invited Minister for Veterans Keith Brown MSP to come to Grangemouth to see for himself the good work being undertaken at the ViNE project.
Speaking following today’s visit by Veterans Minister Keith Brown, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“I was delighted that Keith Brown, Minister for Transport and Veterans was able to attend this meeting to see for himself the progress of this unique project.
“This initiative, which will assist former service personnel and their families, is a pilot project which I hope will eventually be rolled out Scotland wide across the chamber network.
“It will deliver structured business support to reservists and military veterans wishing to start their own businesses.
“Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce has demonstrated its support of the armed forces community and recognises the valuable contribution that service personnel can bring to any organisation and I wish the project every success for the future.”
Text of motion tabled in the Scottish Parliament by Angus MacDonald MSP:
Motion Number: S4M-10127
Lodged By: Angus MacDonald
Date Lodged: 26/05/2014
Title: Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Supports Veterans into Enterprise
That the Parliament congratulates Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce on becoming the first chamber of commerce in Scotland to sign the corporate covenant, formally agreeing to actively support the employment of reservists and military veterans; understands that this support includes the innovative Veterans in New Enterprise (ViNE) project, which is unique to Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce and which delivers structured business support to reservists and military veterans wishing to start their own businesses, providing tailored support and access to business-related workshops and seminars as well as help to find potential funding sources; notes that the ViNE project has been funded by the Community Covenant Grant Fund and will be operated initially as a pilot in the Forth Valley area for up to 50 participants; further notes that, on evaluation of the project, it is hoped to roll it out Scotland-wide across the chamber network; commends Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce on demonstrating its support of the armed forces community and recognising the valuable contribution that service personnel, with their wealth of experience and transferable skills, can bring to any organisation, and wishes the project every success for the future.