A SOCIAL enterprise offering employment to Scottish veterans received a special visit ahead of its official launch.

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (SBMC), based in Erskine, offers a range of fully supported career opportunities in manufacturing to ex-servicemen and women who have experienced physical or psychological challenges.

And, ahead of its official launch later this year, Scottish veterans commissioner Charlie Wallace paid the enterprise a visit.

He said: “SBMC is an outstanding example of how our veterans can transfer their military skills into the workplace, learn new skills and thrive. 

“I’d like to see more employers and organisations across Scotland take action in championing an armed forces recruitment programme.”

Having already secured contracts from clients including Network Rail and Amey Scotland, SBMC plans to grow its current team of 13 to 150 over the next three years.

Former soldier Gary Jamieson lost three limbs while on tour in Afghanistan eight years ago and is one of the first veterans to train at the factory.

He said: “SBMC has offered me and other veterans a real opportunity to develop our skills.”