THE OPENING of the new enterprise centre at Angus College was attended by around 80 representatives from business, government and education on Friday.
The Centre for Enterprise, Business Development and Entrepreneurship was officially opened by leading Scottish businessman Chris Van Der Kuyl.
The centre is aimed at individuals with an idea for a business who wish to learn the skills to make it a reality, and those with existing businesses who might benefit from the resources available.
The centre boasts a computer suite, auditorium and seminar facilities and will host a series of free training and development events from partner organisations such as Business Gateway, Young Enterprise Scotland and the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust.
Mr Van Der Kuyl said: “Embedding enterprise and entrepreneurship into every community in Scotland is the key to future growth and prosperity.
“Angus has long recognised this and the new centre is a fantastic addition to the enterprise culture in the area.
“We need to get the message out that everyone has the potential to be an entrepreneur and that being enterprising is a core requirement for everyone in business.
Mark Straiton of Young Enterprise Scotland will lead the first group of students to tackle the Inspiring Enterprise Advanced Higher.
He said: “People need to get over their fear of failure, that’s what’s holding a lot of people back.
“The course is to inspire people and give them the skills to start their own business.”
Dayle Nicoll (17), from Dundee, is one of the five students who will develop their business acumen under Mark’s tuition.
Coming from a background in function-hosting, Dayle is keen to start his own events management business.
He said: “I’m hoping to learn all the skills I’ll need to go out and get started. I think I’ll really get a kick out of people having fun at events that I have organised.”