Media Release: Business Gateway exceeds targets

A REPORT on the performance of Business Gateway services during 2010/11 was presented to the Enterprise, Environment & Transportation Committee this week (Thursday, 2 June).

Over the year, significant improvements were made with 804 new start businesses receiving assistance throughout the year against a target of 700.  It is anticipated that these will create 1131 jobs and £29.6 million in turnover.

Chair of the Enterprise, Environment & Transport Committee, Councillor Tony Martin said: “The performance of Business Gateway over the last year has been excellent with the team delivering significant results during a period of economic uncertainty.

“The enhanced services offered mean that Business Gateway can work flexibly to support businesses that need short-term recovery as well as continuing to make good progress in developing opportunities for new and local businesses in pursuit of economic growth and impact.”

Business Gateway will continue to support businesses throughout Fife whilst ensuring a consistent national service. This will provide increased resources which will allow growth to be nurtured so optimising their potential for market intervention. These enhanced services will strengthen the Business Gateway operation and demonstrate Fife Council’s response to current economic market failure.

Fife Council will continue to enhance Business Gateway operations in 2011/12 to allow for deeper penetration of the market and a more effective way of working with start up and growth businesses at an earlier stage.

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