Coalfield cash fund up for grabs

A £25,000 job challenge has been launched by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust with would-be entrepreneurs in the Grange, Kinneil and Dean wards of Bo’ness able to apply.

Budding or newly-started social businesses in Blackness and Whitecross are also eligible to enter.

The Coalfields Community Challenge aims to reduce unemployment in former mining areas, with up to 10 new businesses, or those operating for less than two years, set to benefit.

Six months coaching and mentoring will be provided. One overall winner will get £25,000, and there will also be smaller prizes.

Scottish trustee and trust vice chairman, Nicky Wilson, said: “This is a great opportunity for anyone living or working in a mining community to realise their dream of starting a business of their own.

“We are looking for imaginative and practical ideas for new business that will create jobs for local people and generate an income to make the business sustainable.

“We know the challenge produces results. Last year’s winner Jamie Campbell has just launched a new grass cutting and garden maintenance business in Cumnock and we are helping our other finalists expand their ventures.”

Entries must be in by August 3 – visit www.coalfieldscommunitychallenge.org.uk

The work of the trust is funded by the Scottish Government.