The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) will deliver a brand new mentoring program designed to help small businesses tackle supply chain issues better.

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'Working with a mentor outside of your organisation can provide a greater degree of objectivity and confidentiality and can also create a higher level of trust and openness'

RBS Motivate, an initiative to be run by RBS Group’s supply chain services team, kicks off this week. Open to SME businesses and social enterprises, the program will provide a select group of companies with professional advice and support from specially selected mentors that will give guidance and expertise on a wide range of activities.

'RBS Motivate allows us to go that extra step with supporting our customers and communities, making sure that we help in ways that are meaningful and beneficial,' said the company. 'From building a successful mentoring partnership, through to evaluating progress and reaching your end goal, RBS Motivate can support you through this process and provide you with a wealth of resource and knowledge to help you with your journey.'

Ten spaces are available for the first RBS Motivate session and interested parties are encouraged to register to take part online.

Selected SMEs will then be given access on a monthly basis to experts within RBS.

The mentors are handpicked for their knowledge so that companies can be confident that their mentor is both skilled and professional. 'Mentors will help you understand how to tackle particular commercial activities, specifically supply chain best practice – both buying and selling,' added the company.

'Working with a mentor outside of your organisation can provide a greater degree of objectivity and confidentiality and can also create a higher level of trust and openness.

'Our RBS Motivate mentors are well positioned to advise on best practice supply chain activity, whilst also being able to tap into a wider RBS skilled resource network covering a range of areas such as property, legal, finance, HR and marketing.'

The RBS Motivate program will involve:

  • Mentoring sessions typically last around 2-3 hours once a month for a 12 month period. RBS provides the selected SMEs with guidance on how to build a successful mentoring partnership;
  • It will be the responsibility of the SME to drive the program forward, and agree the areas they would like support with. But RBS will provide guidance on successful mentoring partnerships, and how to work with mentors to evaluate progress regularly; and
  • The SMEs will have the opportunity to celebrate key achievements, provide feedback to RBS on their experiences and transfer newly acquired knowledge to their business

If you’re interested in joining RBS Motivate, register online with Bizcrowd here.

To take part, you must have been in business for 18 months or more; have a turnover of £2m or less; and have staff of five employees or more.

Registration is open between 4th and 25th November, with the results announced in December.

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