The official unveiling of the Enterprise Hub Fife took place earlier this week which sees the ambitious vision of a flexible workspace designed for enterprising individuals, start-ups and growing businesses, one step closer to fruition.
The unique facility is set to open in spring 2017 and is being developed on the first floor of the Royal Bank of Scotland's premises in Glenrothes town centre. Borne out of the strategy developed by the Fife Taskforce following the closure of Tullis Russell, the Enterprise Hub Fife has been designed to offer a joined-up 'one stop shop' approach by providing modern, professional meeting and events space for businesses and encourage collaboration, networking and business growth.
The Hub is set to offer high-speed broadband and IT connectivity which will enable web-conferencing and the delivery of training workshops and webinars.
Councillor Lesley Laird, Depute Leader and Spokesperson for Economy and Planning said, "This approach to developing and running a successful creative enterprise hub will help strengthen the services that Fife Council's Economic Development Team delivers, along with our key business delivery partnership, including Business Gateway Fife and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
"Our aim is to engage with aspiring business start-ups and micro-businesses by offering a 'one-stop-shop' approach to stimulate growth in the local economy.
"By providing all the necessary resources under one roof, we are helping make it easier for businesses to access support services as well as encouraging a collaborative business environment."
Malcolm Buchanan, Chair of the Royal Bank of Scotland's Scottish Board said: "We are delighted to be entering into this partnership with Fife Council. The Royal Bank of Scotland is a key supporter of businesses across Scotland. Initiatives like this play an important role in driving enterprise and helping create an eco-system where entrepreneurs and local communities can prosper."
The Hub will provide a range of business services, including support from experienced business advisors and experts, mentoring and finance services from Royal Bank of Scotland's Business Banking and Commercial Team, access to finance to support early stage growth starts and small businesses to enhance growth plans.
The Hub is one element of the Fife Task Force's three-year Action Plan which was created following the closure of Tullis Russell and other businesses in Mid-Fife.
For more information vistit http://www.enterprisehubfife.co.uk