Anstruther's Little Bird lands share of £12k business support

Published: 12 Sep 2014 09:30

A Fife woman who is setting up a pop-up cafe to support parents with young children has landed a place on a special programme to help her take her business to the next level.

From left, Jane Saunders, Little Bird Cafe, with Tiril Planterose and Eilidh McKay of Glasgow’s Project Cafe, and Sarah Bolland of Coffee & Craic, Glasgow, who have also landed places on the programme.

From left, Jane Saunders, Little Bird Cafe, with Tiril Planterose and Eilidh McKay of Glasgow’s Project Cafe, and Sarah Bolland of Coffee & Craic, Glasgow, who have also landed places on the programme.

Social entrepreneur Jane Saunders, who is set to open the Little Bird Cafe in Anstruther, has won a place on Firstport’s Ditto programme, which provides tailored business support and a share of more than £12,000.

The boost will help Saunders, who wants to provide a welcoming and safe place for families, run a pop-up version of her business and develop an understanding of the market place before she receives the keys to her permanent premises.

According to Firstport, Scotland’s development agency for start-up social enterprise, the programme opens the doors to a network of industry peer support and offers budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop valuable relationships within the social enterprise sector.

Saunders will also have access to a tried-and-tested business model provided by Ditto model contributor the Crib Community Cafe, Strathaven.

Euan Fraser of the Crib Cafe said: “We’re so excited to hear that through Ditto and our own contribution as a model contributor, more cafes are opening up. We created four full-time and three part-time jobs in our small town so just think what else can be achieved across the country.

“We’ve been on a long journey and made mistakes along the way. And so we are delighted that other social entrepreneurs can learn from our challenges and avoid some of the pitfalls.”

Karen McGregor, chief executive of Firstport, said: “It is fantastic that these cafes now have the support they need to become sustainable social enterprises. A community cafe offers so much more than just a cuppa. They can become an integral part of a community and offer training and employment opportunities.

“The idea behind our Ditto programme is to increase the social and economic impact of social enterprises in Scotland by promoting a low-risk route to starting a business. Replicating proven business ideas will remove barriers to self-employment such as the uncertainty of a business model and lack of confidence about starting from scratch.”

Ditto is supported by Resilient Scotland.

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