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News from Alan Caldwell Associates

Greener Kirkcaldy Business Plan & Food Hub

Greener Kirkcaldy is the latest example of a community organisation tapping into our business planning skills to plan for a financially, as well as environmentally sustainable future. Currently funded through the Government's Climate Challenge Fund they are taking the sensible step of planning two years ahead to generate their own revenue from low carbon projects in their community. Having been so pleased with this work Greener Kirkcaldy asked us to prepare another business plan for their exciting Kirkcaldy 'Food Hub' project. THis Business Plan is the basis of their recent bid for the Big Lottery Funds Community Assets programme.

Greener Kirkcaldy Food Hub

Through the development work for the organisations business plan (below), it became clear the wide range of food orientated projects and businesses in Kirkcaldy. This led to a successful Lottery Application for an Investing in Ideas award to explore the potential for a 'Food Hub' for the area. Providing training, employment and growing opportunities this idea is growing into a significant local enterprise. It could include a point of sale, a food co-op, a cafe and meeting place along with a fully equipped catering kitchen and food storage and chill area. The local food revolution gaining such a foothold across Scotland could be about to see an exciting new project based in Kirkcaldy! More news to follow soon.

Greener Kirkcaldy Business Plan

Greener Kirkcaldy helps people become more environmentally friendly and save money on their fuel bills.  Originally a Friends of the Earth group, they have run an advice centre from the High Street since April 2010.  Like many projects across Scotland, they have been successful in securing Climate Challenge Funding from the Scottish Government to support their work.  This grant funding runs to May 2015 and now the staff and board have asked for our help to prepare a business plan to identify the potential for income generating projects to support the organisation and carry on its good work.

This has been a really dynamic process so far.  After a series of face to face interviews with staff, board members, partners and other local groups we facilitated an afternoon session to map what projects were going on in the town already, areas people wanted to do more and how best to work together to achieve this. Five project themes have been identified including fuel poverty; capturing the value of local food production; skills development; land and buildings; and social and recreational uses. There are all sorts of exciting ideas to be explored ranging from a solar meadow to a community kitchen, wood fuel supply enterprise and contracts to deliver fuel poverty advice further afield in Fife.  All sorts of intersesting partnerships and contract possibilities are being explored and we are curently putting together the business plan that will pull it all together.   This work has also given pointers to how Greener Kirkcaldy can attract more members and board members and adapt as an organisation to run social enterprises generating income for the parent organisation.

You can read more about Greener Kirkcaldy here .