THE centre helping small businesses across Falkirk district has notched up a record year.
In its annual report Falkirk Enterprise Action Trust says it helped more than 280 businesses to start-up during 2002/2003 – creating nearly 500 new jobs.
The figure – the highest in FEAT’s 20-year history – was revealed at the organisation’s annual general meeting on Friday.
Director Russell Parker said: “The latest figures are an increase on 2001/2002 when he helped nearly 270 firms to start-up, and the largest since we began operating. We’ve also helped substantial numbers of
existing businesses to develop and expand. More than 160 firms took part in our Focus on Growth programme, for example.
“It’s been a record year for us, and contrasts to many other areas in Scotland where fewer businesses got underway. I’m delighted at this success.”
From its base in Grangemouth’s Newhouse Business Park, FEAT provides advice and training for anyone starting or growing a business, much of it free of charge.
The organisation’s main funders are Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley and Falkirk Council.
FEAT delivers many of its services as part of the network of Business Gateway outlets across Scotland.
It also runs a marketing club; provides IT and business training; and offers the hire of its training, meeting and conference facilities.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
The PR Store produced the annual report for FEAT.
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Russell Parker at
FEAT on 01324 665500
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