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Enterprising future beckons for Clydebank

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Release date:
4 2 2013

Link Group Ltd, Big Lottery Fund Scotland and Social Investment Scotland can announce today that they have secured a positive future for the former Social Enterprise Clydebank building in Beardmore Way.

The building will initially be the base for Link’s west of Scotland team. It will also provide a social enterprise hub offering business accommodation for local organisations who will deliver a variety of employability and training opportunities.

Craig Sanderson, Chief Executive, Link Group Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have been able to secure this building. We thank both Big Lottery Fund Scotland and Social Investment Scotland for their support and look forward to developing our relationships with West Dunbartonshire Council and a range of third sector organisations as we establish a resource to foster community development and sustainability.”

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, Jackie Killeen, commented: “We have worked hard over the last year to ensure a future for this building, and have developed a good partnership with Link. This is a fresh start which means jobs and training for the local community and builds on our original aims for the project. I look forward to seeing the impact this venture will have across Clydebank.”

Alastair Davis, Chief Executive of Social Investment Scotland, said:  “I am really pleased we’ve collectively managed to secure a positive outcome for the building. Both the facilities and the location are an excellent match for Link Group Ltd and I wish team there all the best for the future in their new premises.”

Link intends to move into the Beardmore Way premises later this month.

For further information about this press release contact Frances Chisholm, Communications Oficer, Press Team Scotland, 0141 242 1458, frances.chisholm@biglotteryfund.org.uk

For general enquiries please contact Alison Spence, Communications Officer, Link Group Ltd, 0131 624 7805 or 08451 559559, aran@linkhaltd.co.uk

Notes to Editors:-

• The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
• BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 BIG has awarded close to £6bn.
• The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
• Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £29 billion has now been raised and more than 383,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.
• The Scotland Committee has been making Big Lottery Fund decisions on Scottish projects since March 2007.  As well as taking devolved decisions on Lottery spending, the Committee, led by Chair, Maureen McGinn, has and will continue to play a strategic role in the future direction of BIG in Scotland.
• The Big Lottery Fund is investing in Scotland’s communities through its Investing in Communities portfolio, as well as the small grants schemes Awards for All, Investing in Ideas, Communities and Families and 2014 Communities.