New fund to help revive town centres

Cllr Lesley Laird
Cllr Lesley Laird
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Fife Council has launched a fund to give town centre businesses in the Kingdom an extra boost.

The new fund, totalling £150,000, aims to help fill vacant units, encourage existing owners to improve their premises and give businesses the chance to develop.

The scheme will be administered by Business Gateway on behalf of Fife Council and will run until the end of March 2015.

As part of the scheme Business Gateway experts will also be on hand to provide advice and support to businesses.

Councillor Lesley Laird, spokesperson for business, enterprise, economy and planning, said the fund was another example of the ongoing commitment of the Council to help support town centres in Fife.

She said: “The Council wants to do everything possible to help regenerate and revitalise town centres across the Kingdom.

“It’s recognised that businesses have to adapt to survive and can only do this with advice and support as well as extra investment.

“The Council has listened to the needs of the business community and has targeted this fund to help make a difference.

“We hope having expert help available as well as financial support to encourage enterprise and business development will be of great benefit to our town centres and that encouraging the uptake of empty units will benefit as many traders as possible.

“It’s vital we all work together to transform our town centres and I hope this early Christmas offering to town centre businesses in Fife will give a boost into the new year too.”

For more information about the Town Centre Business Support Fund contact Business Gateway on 01592 858333 or Email: info@bgfife.co.uk