EX-FORCES BUSINESS SUPPORT

Take Command of YOUR Career

WHAT IS ViNE?

ViNE is a project which promotes entrepreneurship and business ownership, encouraging Veterans and families to be their own boss. It forms part of the wider SVETS programme supporting ex-armed forces personnel into Volunteering, Enployment and Training

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

ViNE is a project which promotes entrepreneurship and business ownership, encouraging Veterans and families to be their own boss. It forms part of the wider SVETS programme supporting ex-armed forces personnel into Volunteering, Enployment and Training

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

An initial one to one meeting with a business advisor to assess your  business idea, followed by structured support to produce a business plan and cashflow forecast. You can access this help at a time to suit you, within normal working hours, by phone, email or face to face meetings.

Access to workshops and seminars on a range of business related topics, and signposting to various support agencies.

Access to low cost Start Up loans through DSL Business Finance. DSL is a Scottish Delivery Provider of a government funded initiative to provide start up loans and business mentoring to entrepreneurs across the UK. You will receive one to one help in completing your funding application and free financial advice to support you as your business grows.

One year’s FREE membership of the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce and access to all member services including legal and HR advice, merchant services, export, fuel cards and wide range of networking and training events.

The ViNE Project is Supported by:

Case Study

Ray Young
Ex-British Army, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)

Army
Having served for 8 years in the army and a further 9 years in the TA, Ray Young knows a thing or two about military life. But transferring that knowledge and training into civilian life and self-employment proved to be a challenge. On leaving the forces, Ray studied for two years to gain his HND in electrical and electronic engineering, before setting up his own business Astute Facilities Management in 2011.

Transition
Ray says,“I found the adjustment to civilian life very difficult and initially found it hard to interact with civilian colleagues. I had very different expectations and standards, and it took me a long time to acknowledge that leaving the Forces meant mentally closing one chapter in my life, and opening a new one of adjustment to Civvi Street.”

“Becoming self-employed was a huge challenge. I had the skills and self-discipline but knew nothing about business planning, marketing, cash flow forecasts and all the other things involved in running a business. The ViNE programme provides structured one to one support to help with this, and being a member of the Chamber of Commerce gives me access to a range of support which I can’t get elsewhere.“