Local MP and Prime Minister, Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, showed his support for Kirkcaldy’s latest office development today (11 August 2008) when he performed the topping out ceremony at the new Evans Business Centre in the town’s John Smith Business Park. The £3.5m Evans Business Centre, the company’s second in Kirkcaldy, is currently under construction and – when complete - will provide 55 serviced offices in a building designed to high environmental standards and to suit the changing needs of developing businesses.
Mr Brown said: “I am delighted to perform the official topping out ceremony for Evans Business Centre here in my home town of Kirkcaldy. Entrepreneurship is vital for any local economy and it takes vision and partnership between private and public sector to achieve sound outcomes. This business centre is an excellent example of the public and private sector working effectively to create a facility that will provide Kirkcaldy’s business community with the support it needs to develop and prosper. I look forward to its opening next year and wish all involved every success”.
The Prime Minister also welcomed the progress being made at the John Smith Business Park and paid tribute to the partnership which underpins the development. He said: “The Evans Easyspace development is the latest outcome of a long term strategy which has been driven by Fife Council to regenerate Kirkcaldy and Central Fife. The investment from Fife Council which we can now see in roads and infrastructure will unlock the potential of the remainder of this site and I want to acknowledge the vision that has been shown over many years that continues to deliver economic benefits now and into the future.”
The new centre will provide offices ranging in size from 160 sq ft to 560 sq ft and it is anticipated that, when fully occupied, around 200 people will work there. Offices will be available on Evans Easyspace’s hallmark flexible license, which it has pioneered throughout the UK.
Tom Stokes, managing director Evans Easyspace, said: “It is a great honour to have Mr Brown perform this topping out ceremony today. Evans Easyspace has a long association with Kirkcaldy and with Fife Council, and we are delighted to be working in partnership again. We already have a centre here in Kirkcaldy and in Dunfermline, both of which has been tremendously successful. So we have first hand experience of the entrepreneurial drive of people here in Fife and we are confident this new, purpose built, centre will be similarly successful when it opens in Spring 2009.”
He continued: “Our experience throughout the UK tells us that small and growing businesses thrive where they have flexibility, and that is precisely what we offer: a flexible license agreement so clients can upgrade, downsize or move on with just two months’ notice. Entrepreneurs can therefore focus their attention on growing the business, confident that their work space can be adjusted to suit. This unrestrictive way of occupying premises will prove invaluable to Kirkcaldy’s small businesses during these uncertain economic times.”
Depute Provost, Councillor Liz Mogg, said: “Supporting entrepreneurs with new business ideas is important to our economy. Small and Medium Enterprises create employment and wealth while also providing new ideas and producing a vast array of goods and services needed by an enterprising society.
“One of Fife Council’s ‘Big 8’ priorities is its commitment to creating the right conditions for local economic deve