The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has launched a £25,000 challenge to would-be entrepreneurs to start a new social business, and reduce unemployment in Fife and other former mining areas.
The Coalfields Community Challenge aims to provide six months coaching and mentoring for up to 10 new, or recently established businesses, with the winner taking the £25,000 top prize.
Nicky Wilson Scottish trustee and vice chair of the Trust, said: “This is a great opportunity for anyone living or working in a mining community to realise their dream of starting a business of their own.
“We ran the Challenge last year as a pilot and we are delighted with the success of the finalists and plan to deliver the Challenge in England and Wales.
“We are looking for imaginative and practical ideas for new business that will create jobs for local people and generate an income to make the business sustainable.
“We know the Challenge produces results. Last year’s winner Jamie Campbell has just launched a new grass cutting and garden maintenance business in Cumnock and we are helping our other finalists expand their ventures”.
Jamie, from Netherthird in Cumnock said: “Winning the Challenge was a real thrill, and a great help in getting Netherthird Community Action Training up and running. I wish this year’s contestants every success”.
•For full details of the Coalfields Community Challenge and how to enter visit: www.coalfieldscommunitychallenge.org.uk.