Member of the Week - Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland is the first bank to ever feature as Inverness Chamber’s Member of the Week.  With around 700 branches, mostly in Scotland, the bank has a strong presence in the north and we’ve been speaking to the North and Highlands Business Banking team to find out more.

The team is currently made up of 10 local Relationship Managers, spread out across the region.  Simon Fraser is Business Growth Enabler and told us a bit more about his role:

“I joined the Royal Bank of Scotland’s North and Highland Business team in August of last year as a Business Growth Enabler.  I work closely with local businesses to help them achieve their ambitions by providing business advice and connecting them with the right expertise for them to help realise their growth aspirations.”

RBS are currently promoting FreeAgent – a cloud based account software package.  Available free of charge to all Business Current Account holders, RBS has received positive feedback from many who have used the software.  Simon Fraser said: “With Government moving towards making tax completely digital, software packages like these will become essential for business in the future.”

Simon continued: “As well as FreeAgent, RBS now have a streamlined account opening process.  You can submit an application for a Business Bank Account via just 9 clicks on the website and your account number and sortcode will usually be issued within 24 hours – something which really sets us apart from other banks.”

Last year, the North and Highlands Business Banking team lent over £33 million to sub £2m turnover businesses, and is looking to continue to responsibly grow its lending book. 

We asked Simon what he values most about Chamber membership:

“I have made many new meaningful connections at the networking events the Chamber run and the support that is provided from the team to make the most of our membership is invaluable.  Thank you!”

Simon also runs a series of educational events and seminars on a wide variety of topics that will add value for SMEs.  Details of these can be found on social media (links below) where he has just shared details of an upcoming event – featuring special guests Google that will run as part of Highland Business Week, organised by Inverness Chamber of Commerce.  Find out more and book your place here



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