Work is underway on a new enterprise hub designed to inspire entrepreneurs and boost business growth in Fife.
Enterprise Hub Fife, which is set to open in spring 2017, is being developed on the first floor of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s premises in Glenrothes town centre.
The Hub will offer a joined-up ‘one stop shop’ approach, providing enhanced enterprise and business services to commercial and social entrepreneurs and business start-ups.
It will also help home business owners, sole traders and micro-businesses by providing them with access to hot desk hub space which is affordable and flexible.
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.