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We can't directly help with money for individuals or businesses that are operating for private profit, although we are very much in favour of private enterprise. We feel the more individuals or organisations that want to set up businesses in Northmavine, the better. We can encourage this process, for example, by trying to provide infrstructure such as workshop premises or industrial units. We can also help with funding applications.
Despite the current local and national funding climate,there are a number of possible funding possibilities for business ideas, depending on the particular project someone might have in mind and the economic sector the idea covers.
We are more than happy to support anyone who wants to explore a business idea, and we’re keen to discuss and encourage new ideas. We’ve carried out community consultation throughout Northmavine, produced a development plan based on the results of the consultations, and overseen a number of projects based on the priorities identified. We continue to consult folk on issues affecting the area - like housing, enterprise and energy use.
The NCDC updates the community development plan on a regular basis to ensure that the projects and priorities are relevant to the current needs of the folk of Northmavine.
Scott Lobban, Andy Sandison, Alex Purbrick, Kelly Goodlad and Pat Christie with the computer donated for community use by Train Shetland. Photo © Lorna Sandison