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Fife is the ‘Most Enterprising Place in Britain’

Written by Michelle Rodger

Fife has been recognised as the ‘Most Enterprising Place in Britain’ after receiving two top awards.

The region won two categories, the ‘Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit’ category and the overall winner award, marking exceptional economic successes within mid-Fife.

The awards celebrate Fife Council’s achievements in supporting young people to develop entrepreneurial skills and get into education, training or employment and for creating an environment and programmes that are helping businesses

These accolades highlight the strength of partnership working within Fife, including that of Fife Task Force established by Fife Council and the Scottish Government during 2015 and the continuing focus placed on partnerships between Government and the business community through the Fife Economy Partnership.

The Fife Council submission highlighted enterprise-led regeneration across Mid Fife including Glenrothes and joint working within the Council and the Fife Economy Partnership (FEP) to develop an innovative Culture of Enterprise Framework that connects the school curriculum, employability and local businesses to provide young people with the tools to develop enterprise skills – including innovation, problem solving, creativity and confidence. Fife’s Enterprise Learning Journey is benefiting school pupils (primary and secondary), young adults and business leaders.

Also recognised is the Scottish Government Fife Task Force funding and joint working, to move the local economy forward and create jobs and modern, business-friendly infrastructure, including an Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes. The Hub offers a up ‘one-stop-shop’ approach to providing business services and has enabled Fife to host the first Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) Female Leadership Programme – encouraging diversity in entrepreneurship.

The awards presented to Fife Council were arranged and hosted by the UK Government Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) who recognised that with more than 340,000 small businesses in Scotland, entrepreneurialism is thriving.

About the author

Michelle Rodger

Michelle is a former national newspaper journalist who co-founded an award-winning IT business before launching Tartan Cat Communications. A social media and crowdfunding expert she manages media and communications for Business for Scotland.

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