RBS launches mentoring programme to support SMEs

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RBS launches mentoring programme to support SMEs

RBS Motivate is a mentoring programme run by RBS Group’s Supply Chain Services department for SME businesses and social enterprises.

The programme is designed to help firms and organisations develop by providing skilled and professional advice and support from specially selected mentors.

Ten small businesses and social enterprises that are selected for the first round of RBS Motivate will be given monthly access to experts from the bank’s Supply Chain Services who can offer expert guidance on a wide range of activities.

Why join RBS Motivate?

The mentors, who have been handpicked for their knowledge, will help you understand how to tackle particular commercial activities; specifically supply chain best practice (both buying and selling).

The RBS Motivate mentors are also well positioned to tap into a wider RBS skilled resource network covering a range of areas such as property, legal, finance, human resources and marketing.

You may also find that 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.

What will the programme involve?

Mentoring sessions will typically last around 2-3 hours once a month for a 12 month period.

While RBS will provide guidance on how to work with a mentor and evaluation of progress, it will be up to the SME or social enterprise to drive the programme forward, and agree the areas they would like support with.


SMEs and social enterprises interested in joining RBS Motivate should register online with Bizcrowd and complete the RBS Motivate registration form.

To qualify for one of the ten places they must:

  • have been in business for 18 months or more
  • have a turnover of £2 million or less
  • have staffing of five employees or more

Registration is open until 25th November, with the successful applicants announced in December.

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