The Enterprise Hub Fife has opened its doors to a new pioneering one stop shop to inspire entrepreneurs and boost business growth.
Located on the first floor of Royal Bank of Scotland’s premises in Glenrothes’ town centre, the Enterprise Hub Fife, offers a joined-up approach to providing enhanced enterprise and business services to commercial start-ups and social entrepreneurs alike.
The Hub will engage with and stimulate home business owners, sole traders and micro-businesses to locate, or have access to flexible ‘hot desk hubspace’ encouraging daily and short-term business use.
High speed broadband and IT connectivity will enable web-conferencing and the delivery of training workshops and webinars. The Enterprise Hub has been developed by Fife Council Economic Development with support by Fife Task Force funding.
Robin Presswood, Head of Economy, Planning and Employability Services at Fife Council, said: “The Fife Task Force and officers have worked tirelessly to successfully support people, businesses and communities affected by job losses in central Fife into re-employment, self-employment or training. “This approach to developing and running a creative Enterprise Hub centred in Mid-Fife will further strengthen the services that Fife Council’s Economic Development Team delivers, along with our key business delivery partners Business Gateway Fife and Royal Bank of Scotland.”
Robin Presswood added: 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 working to make it easier to access business support services, as well as encourage a collaborative business environment.
Susan Fouquier, Regional Managing Director, Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “Fostering and encouraging enterprise and entrepreneurship is vital to the success of the Scottish economy and we are delighted to be involved in this pioneering project with Fife Council. “The Enterprise Hub will not only offer a home to local start-ups, but through our regional Business Growth Enablers, businesses based here have access to our local networks and benefit from our mentoring services. ”An investment of £650,000 is being made in its first three years, £500,000 of which is being provided by the Scottish Government through Fife Task Force. The project is also supported by Business Gateway Fife, Fife Council and Royal Bank of Scotland.
THE HUB WILL OFFER THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
- Early stage enterprise support for unemployed Fifers and redundant employees
- Access to skills and employability support programmes
- Global entrepreneurial masterclasses via Entrepreneurial Scotland
- Development of community driven social enterprise projects
- Virtual reception services for local home business owners
- Flexible rented POD rooms and small office space
- Business support services via key business partners
For full details visit the Enterprise Hub Website