Art group's £25k final hope
Published 25 Oct 2012 09:00 0 Comments
ALLOA'S Resonate Arts House has made it through to the finals of the Coalfields Community Challenge with a chance of landing the top award of £25,000.
The challenge is run by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in a bid to help would-be entrepreneurs launch new social enterprises to tackle worklessness in
Scotland's former mining areas.
The seven finalists including Resonate will take part in a six-month programme of intensive business support and mentoring - featuring a session with top
businessman Sir Tom Hunter before pitching for the £25,000 top award to kick-start their venture.
Resonate's Angela Beardsley, right, said, "We are thrilled at reaching the finals and we are already starting to reap the considerable benefits of the mentoring and support that brings.
"We have recently registered as a social enterprise to bring focus to our work and to help people realise their own potential and build their confidence to move onto training, employment and starting social enterprises of their own.
"We have helped people into further education and to go onto university and we have around half a dozen people who have started businesses and social enterprises of their own including painting murals in people's homes, working in the community and in catering.
"With the help and support of the Coalfields Community Challenge we can help even more people."
One of last year's winners was Sauchie's Graham Hodgson who has taken on a second apprentice for his forestry business, Treebank.
Graham said, "Winning the challenge was a real thrill, and great help in expanding the business. I wish this year's contestants every success."
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 24 Oct 12
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