Bannockburn Community Business and Support Hub Reopens
A former bank in Bannockburn will reopen as a new community business and support hub this Spring as part of a £1.2 million regeneration project.
Stirling Council has invested in the refurbishment of the former RBS branch at Quakerfield, creating an affordable and practical working space in the centre of Bannockburn.
The facility will support local start-ups and help established businesses continue to grow, while providing a valuable learning and advice resource for local schools and the local community.
The project was undertaken after extensive engagement with the local community on what it wanted to see delivered.
The £1.2 million regeneration has also included the extensive refurbishment and redecoration of Bannockburn Library, which included the development of Stirling’s first ‘Makerspace’ facility.
Offering a range of community benefits
The business and support hub will deliver a wide range of activities to the community, including:
- Business support for local businesses: Providing space for office based activities, touchdown working space for members of the community to access online services and materials to support ongoing work and learning.
- Meeting room space and short-term rental opportunities: For local businesses charities, and social enterprise and community groups on a short-term basis.
- Hosting, organising and delivering business training, conferences and networking events.
- Business Clinics: Helping to assess business needs, provide support and to share good practice and innovative approaches to solving business problems.
- Employability support provided by Stirling Council: Individual and group work sessions supporting ICT and digital skills as well as money, debt, benefit and digital inclusion advice.
- Running and support programmes delivered by partners: Including STEP, Forth Valley College, the Federation of Small Businesses, Creative Stirling, Codebase, and Stirling University.
- Supporting the delivery of the school curriculum and extra-curricular activity in business studies: Local schools were heavily engaged throughout the scoping and design stage of the Hub.
New services in the heart of Bannockburn
“This investment will deliver new infrastructure, technology and services in the heart of Bannockburn to help residents and businesses thrive.”Councillor Margaret Brisley, Convener of the Finance and Economy Committee
“The creation of the new business and support hub will bring enormous benefits to both Bannockburn and wider-Stirling, transforming a central building into a facility that can be used by a wide range of individuals, communities and businesses.
“There was extensive community engagement to find out what was wanted and I am delighted that we have delivered a hub of which we can all be proud.”
Helping people build new skills
Vice Convener, Councillor Alison Laurie, said: “It is fantastic news that this accessible and flexible support hub will open to the public.
“The Council is committed to providing opportunities for people to build new skills by providing facilities where these skills and ideas can be developed into exciting new businesses and products. I look forward to seeing the new hub bustling with ideas and innovations in the future.”
For further information contact the Community Development Team at [email protected]