Military veterans and reservists are being offered a helping hand by Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce.
It recently became the first Scottish chamber to sign a corporate convenent, formally agreeing to actively support the employment of reservists.
This includes the innovative ViNE (Veterans in New Enterprise) project, unique to Forth Valley, which delivers structured support to reservists and military veterans wishing to start their own businesses.
The pilot will have 50 participants and, if successful, could be rolled out Scotland-wide across the chamber of commerce network.
Laurence Barrett, Forth Valley Chamber chief executive, said: “We have established a strong and positive relationship with the Armed Forces and are committed to supporting veterans and reservists in their careers.”
Major Maurice Walsh, unit employer support officer with the Scottish Transport Regiment, said: “Forth Valley Chamber’s initiative in founding the ViNE project provides an excellent opportunity for transitioning services personnel and reservists alike.”