A new £500,000 state-of-the-art Training and Enterprise Hub in Kincardine is boosting the area’s economic prospects.

 

The Hub is a ‘game-changing moment’ for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust which, for almost 20 years, has been supporting and improving the lives of the half-a-million people who live in Scotland’s coalfields communities.

 

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) invested £250,000 of its own funds to buy and renovate the former Clydesdale Bank Building in Kirk Street, Kincardine, with Fife Council and the Scottish Government providing match funding from the Scottish Government Local Economic Development Capital Stimulus Grant Fund, supported by the Longannet Task Force.

 

The Hub is now the CRT’s national headquarters and the base for a ten-strong team of staff who are working to help tackle the loss of jobs and economic benefits from the closure of Kincardine Power Station.

 

From spring of this year, the Hub will also be a business support and enterprise location for Fife Council and Business Gateway Fife.

 

This will allow the council and other organisations to deliver events, training and other support services from the Hub to new and existing businesses in the area.

 

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, said: “I am delighted that the Kincardine Training and Enterprise Hub is now open for business.  This facility, part-funded through the Scottish Government’s Local Economic Development Capital Grant Fund, will be an excellent asset to enterprising individuals, start-ups and businesses with growth aspirations.  It will also provide the Enterprise Hub’s tenants with access to a modern facility that will encourage collaboration, networking and business growth.”

 

Councillor David Ross, Co-Leader of Fife Council and Co-Chair of the Longannet Task Force said: “I am pleased that the Coalfields Regeneration Trust has been able to support the Longannet Task Force and Fife Council in delivering local projects including this training and enterprise hub within Kincardine.

 

“The partnerships forged with organisations like CRT allow Fife Council, Business Gateway Fife and partners to support local people, employees and businesses to reduce the economic impact of the closure of Kincardine Power Station.”

 

Councillor David Alexander, Co-Leader of Fife Council added: “This new Hub is a huge step in the right direction for the economy in and around Kincardine, and is just one of the projects being driven by the council to boost innovation and provide modern business and industrial premises.”

 

For more information, including the facilities and services provided by the Hub and how to book, email crt.hub@coalfields-regen.org.uk

 

 

 

 

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