Ullapool Community Trust
Ullapool is a lively seaside community with a huge range of community-led groups. We worked with the local development trust to strengthen and develop their New Broom project – a community shop and hub connecting local people and selling second hand products. We undertook a community consultation, feasibility study and business plan, before helping the Trust to submit a funding application to secure the asset.
In January 2017, the Trust was awarded £138,000 from the Scottish Land Fund towards the purchase and refurbishment of the building.
“Community Enterprise were instrumental in the success of our Community Hub project. Their engagement work in our community and their attention to detail in understanding our specific needs was fantastic. Their business planning and flexibility to the requirements of our project was of an extremely high standard, their partnership approach made working with them both enjoyable and reassuring....we hope to continue this working relationship well into the future.”
Crossroads Community Hub – Ayrshire Food from Ayrshire Folk
Ayrshire Food from Ayrshire Folk are securing the asset of the recently closed rural school to develop a farm shop, café and shared community space to regenerate this remote and vulnerable rural area. We led on the research and used this to construct a complex business plan for a facility to meet local needs while running a sustainable commercial business.
The organisation has now achieved a fully costed business plan to back up an asset transfer and a road map on how to operate what could be a highly risky rural business.
Kingdom Off Road Motorcycling Club
Based in Fife, this motocross Club has exciting ambitions to develop a one-of-a-kind indoor facility for its members. We began working with the Club in 2013 to scope out their ideas and carry out some early needs analysis. We undertook full community and commercial research including financial viability and potential facility design. Leading on from this work, we worked with the Club to develop a full business plan. The group recognised that it needed to upskill and demonstrate its ability to deliver projects successfully. With our help, the group secured funding to run an innovative pilot programme to build experience and test out its programmes. They worked with us again to evaluate that programme and secure funding to run a 2 year project. The Club is poised to employ its first full time Development Officer.
The group has a good understanding of what’s required to run a significant enterprise (both in terms of resource and capacity). It has become better connected and accessed a range of support from other programmes and organisations to help it move towards its long term goals. The group have secured grant funding from the Lottery and Fife Council to deliver an innovative programme. They utilised the business plan as a firm foundation and were able to practically demonstrate their ability to manage and coordinate this type of activity. The Club is aiming to employ its first Development Officer later this year to push ahead with their plans.