PROVOST of Fife, Jim Leishman, has today (Tuesday, 21 November) officially opened the new pop-up shop in Dunfermline’s Kingsgate showcasing twelve of the new businesses who have graduated through the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme. The entrepreneurs are being given a fantastic opportunity to set up shop in the Kingsgate for almost two weeks before Christmas.
Shoppers can visit the Prince’s Trust supported businesses in a unit situated directly across from Marks & Spencer’s store until Saturday 2 December.
The Provost commented: “What a great opportunity for these wonderful Prince’s Trust businesses to be promoted during the busiest time of the year in Retail. The Kingsgate Centre is a perfect location for Christmas shoppers to browse the unique and special products these young businesses have to offer.
“Special thanks must go to the excellent support of the Prince’s Trust which has given these businesses the springboard to flourish and grow. It is so inspiring to see these young people achieve their goals through perseverance, dedication and hard work. I hope that these businesses continue to develop and one day will have their own unit in a fine location like the Kingsgate.”
Marissa Yassen, Prince’s Trust Senior Enterprise Executive said:
“I’d like to thank once again the Kingsgate management team for giving our young people this amazing platform, especially at this time of year. From a furniture maker and jewellery designer to a clothes designer, personalised gifts and children’s accessories, there will be much on offer for Christmas shoppers who visit the pop-up store.”
She added: “We look forward to receiving the support of the people of Dunfermline and beyond and hopefully this can be a stepping stone to bigger things for these entrepreneurs as well as inspiring the next generation of young people into business.”
The Prince’s Trust works in close partnership with Business Gateway Fife, offering one to one support, access to funding streams, free courses and events to young people between 18 and 30. Young people face numerous challenges when setting up a business from unemployment, lack of funds, low confidence and self-esteem. However, the combined support of the Prince’s Trust and Business Gateway Fife, can make this a reality and change their lives positively for the long term.