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West Fife Enterprise Board Statement

Submitted by: westfife
On: 13/03/2019
West Fife Enterprise Board statement on current threat of closure
The West Fife Enterprise Board of Management is very concerned that the organisation has reached this stage.  The Board has been aiming to avert such a crisis as the current threat of closure for several years and has done its utmost to make staff aware of the financial situation during 2018 (the point at which Big Lottery Funding ended) whilst trying to balance good quality staff communication and timeous information, without prolonging staff stress during a period during this period of difficult decision-making.
 
Janet McCauslin, Chair, advised that staff are aware, from Board discussions held during 2018, that the Board believes the excellent work done by West Fife Enterprise has for some years been underfunded, and the costs often unrecognised.  Staff costs, but also premises and the technology needed in order to support trainees in this digital age result in a financial burden far greater than the funding received.  As a social enterprise we do not charge our trainees, in fact we pay them a training allowance and travel costs, but unfortunately government funding is no longer adequate for this purpose.
 
The thoughts and feelings of our staff have always been a consideration in every decision that the Board has made.
The Board remain committed to the needs of Fife communities, and the opportunity to work with any and all partners to pull together a package of funding to allow the work of the organisation, and the excellent work of West Fife Enterprise staff to continue.
The funding for West Fife Enterprise has been precarious for many years because of the changing priorities of funding providers, and while Fife Council has played its part in helping to maintain the economic viability of the enterprise, its ability to do so has become increasingly difficult due to the imposed funding gaps in each year’s financial settlement.
 
So if it is recognised that West Fife Enterprise has a true and unique skill in supporting our communities seek and, - and achieve gainful employment and with a sense of purpose, then the true beneficiary is the government and society at large. 
This is why we believe that if West Fife Enterprise is to be saved - in the short time remaining - then this can only be done by government providing a funding package that would put the organisation on a firm financial footing, once and for all.