Start up in the heart of our town centre

Danny Cepok, Kirkcaldy area services manager and cllr.Kay Carrington, deputy chair of Kirkcaldy Area Committee outside one of the empty units in Kirkcaldy High Street

Danny Cepok, Kirkcaldy area services manager and cllr.Kay Carrington, deputy chair of Kirkcaldy Area Committee outside one of the empty units in Kirkcaldy High Street

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BUDDING entrepreneurs are wanted to start up new businesses in Kirkcaldy town centre as part of an innovative scheme.

Firms are being encouraged to start up in the Lang Toun via the new ‘Ready, Steady, Start-Up’ initiative.

Fife Council is working with BID company Kirkcaldy 4All, local property agents and solicitors and Business Gateway has put together a generous package of support for new start ups and businesses wishing to make the move from home to High Street.

Vacant units have been identified at several locations throughout the town via property agents DM Hall, Graham & Sibbald and J&E Shepherd.

The scheme, Ready, Steady, Start-Up, offers attractive rental packages for these units along with a business grant, preferential legal fees and start up advice from Business Gateway.

Councillor Lesley Laird, executive member for business, enterprise, economy and planning, said: “Kirkcaldy is now seeing the benefits of all the groups working together to help breathe new life into properties and the town’s economy.

‘‘This initiative is part of a Fife wide strategy to regenerate our town centres, and will hopefully encourage start up entrepreneurial businesses to grow in the town.

‘‘Our aim is to make Kirkcaldy a destination of choice for independent shops.”

Local councillor Kay Carrington, depute chairman of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “We are hoping to encourage other independents to set up, bringing a stronger mix of shops and increasing footfall to the town centre and expanding the night time economy.”

The scheme aims to support specialist retailers and new businesses that may offer a niche product range that will contribute to the overall town centre offer - internet cafes, a quality food and wine bistro, toy shop, gift and antique shops, independent butchers and fishmongers could be possible ventures.