The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) recently launched its first business club with a networking event at the Training and Enterprise Hub in Kincardine, with more sessions being planned to help entrepreneurs and small firms in the area deal with a range of challenges.

Attendees at the first Kincardine and west Fife business club included local inventors and one of the main issues identified during discussions was uncertainty being caused by Brexit. For example, there was concern about the potential effect on the cost of supplies that are sourced from Europe.

Access to funding, for example grants, to allow businesses to grow was another challenge identified. Some attendees said it was difficult to get relevant information on the types of funding available.

The business cub aims to encourage enterprises in the area to work together for their own benefit and for the local economy as a whole. A programme with a range of speakers and topics is now being put together.

Nicky Wilson, CRT Scottish trustee, said: “We were pleased that a range of people from different business sectors attended our first Kincardine and west Fife business club. It’s clear that Brexit is a big concern for small enterprises in the area and the club will look at how it can help businesses deal with this challenge.

“We hope our business club will support the growth of local enterprises and boost the economy in the area.”

Image shows:  The first business club