Media Release: Deadline looms for CRT’s


WOULD-be businessmen and women have only a few days left to enter the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s £100,000 Community Challenge.

The Trust challenged anyone living in a former mining community to help tackle the scourge of unemployment by starting their own social business and be in with a chance of landing the top award of £50,000.

But entries must be in by September 30.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s Scottish Trustee, Nicky Wilson, said: “This is the chance of a lifetime for anyone who has been dreaming of starting their own business.

“Our Coalfields Community Challenge offers a package of support which includes mentoring from experts who have started their own businesses, as well as generous funding packages to help up to ten new ventures get off the ground.

“Tackling unemployment is the Trust’s main priority, and we believe that helping the people who live in coalfield communities to start their own businesses is a great way to do that.

“We are convinced lots of people have the ideas and the enthusiasm, but need a helping hand to turn their dreams into reality.

“That’s what we hope the Challenge will do”.

You can find out more on the Coalfields Regeneration Trust website or by searching Youtube for Coalfields Community Challenge.

To enter the Challenge phone the Trust’s development officer Diane Bate on 01259-272-127 by Friday at the latest.


Issued on behalf of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust by John Scott of John Scott Communications.

M: 07917-729-201


Note to Editors: 

  • The Scottish Government funds the work of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland
  • Our key priorities are supporting local initiatives to improve health and employment prospects for those who live in coalfields areas. 
  • The Coalfields Regeneration Trust was formed in 1999 to help mining communities recover from the devastating effects of pit closures. Since then, the Trust has spent over £15m in Scotland supporting over 500 community-based and job creation projects in the hardest hit areas.
  • For more information on the Coalfields Regeneration Trust go to:

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