The main purpose of Fraserburgh Enterprise Hub is to support the regeneration of Fraserburgh and its surrounding area, helping individuals overcome barriers which come with starting or growing a business.
In response to the community’s changes and evolutions, the Fraserburgh Enterprise Hub (FEH) project began in September 2018 to harness innovation and opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
In partnership with Aberdeenshire Council and partly funded through North Aberdeenshire LEADER, Fraserburgh Enterprise Hub launched to nurture a pipeline of new and early-stage businesses by providing the facilities, advice and support needed.
Ran by Enterprise Manager, Pamela Neri, with support from Enterprise Coordinator, James Adams, the Hub’s doors opened in April 2019. Its main purpose is to support the regeneration of Fraserburgh and its surrounding area (up to 15-mile radius), helping individuals overcome barriers which come with starting or growing a business.
An initial target was set to support a minimum of 50 small to medium sized (SME) businesses in the region through the delivery of 25 new training initiatives, while creating 10 new ventures, over the course of the project. To date (Dec 19), 51 businesses have used its services and 43 pre-start enquiries have been received.
17 additional new businesses started in 2019, all benefitting from the team’s vast skillset including 1-2-1, business plans, digital expertise, and connecting individuals with specific support agencies to help grow their business.
In addition to a prominent base on School Street, which offers access to desk space and intensive support in a modern office environment, FEH actively collaborates with third parties, including North East Scotland College (NESCoL), to host small- and large-scale events.
Events include: Be your own boss and a fringe event for Elevator’s BeBrave! festival; both large scale events open to business owners, those curious about enterprise and students at NESCol. A bespoke tourism event titled ‘Tourism: The invisible opportunity’ ran specifically to highlight tourism opportunities presented in Fraserburgh, while collaborating with the specific agencies who can help.