Launch It Dundee opening for business

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WHEN a new Dundee charity put a high profile location with room to grow at the top of its wish list, council property chiefs were able to turn the dream into a reality.

And next week Launch It Dundee will open for business in its new home at Kandahar House.

The Dundee Enterprise Centre at 71 Meadowside can accommodate 16 young start-up businesses across two floors, with the added bonus of a communal space for networking and events.

Launch It Dundee aims to meet the need for affordable business premises and support for young Scottish entrepreneurs starting out on their business journey.

The charity’s enterprise manager Shabana Basheer said: β€œWe work with people facing barriers to conventional employment, and provide them with access to the space and support they need to start and grow their own businesses.

β€œThat is why it was vital that we had the right type of accommodation in the right place, and the council managed to find us the perfect location at Kandahar House.”

Lynne Short convener of Dundee City council’s city development committee said: β€œOne of the council’s key roles is to ensure that Dundee attracts talented people and becomes a place where they choose to live and work.

β€œProgrammes like this help us to deliver that on so many levels, not just by creating employment in themselves but also by generating the space for talented, creative and ambitious entrepreneurs to launch themselves into the world.

β€œOur property deal with Launch It works for everyone and I am sure that it will be a big success.”

Launch It is backed by the London Youth Support Trust (LYST), the Dulverton Trust and local funders including Northwood Trust, Robertson Trust, The Tay Charitable Trust, WM Sword and the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee.

Local business and charity big hitters are on the board including in the chair David Dorward former chief executive of Dundee City Council, Kirsty Thomson of The Circle, David Milne of MacRoberts LLP, Simon Rolfe from Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce and Vivien Buchan from Insights.

The Dundee Centre is the first of its kind in Scotland and will be opened on Tuesday (May 7) by Chris Van Der Kuyl of 4J Studios.

Anyone looking for commercial property in Dundee should go to www.dundeecity.gov.uk/property while any young entrepreneurs interested in finding out more should contact Shabana on shabana@launchit.org.uk or 07395 791146 or check out www.launchit.org.uk

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