The North Harris Trust has been awarded £502,212 from the Investing in Communities programme of the Big Lottery to construct new zero carbon business units in the Tarbert area, creating 13 full time jobs together with three full time training places.
By encouraging growth in enterprise the Trust aims to provide employment and training opportunities to young people who currently leave the area to find work while encouraging new families and employers to move into the community.
David Cameron, the chairman of Community Land Scotland, said: “This is a very welcome award for the people of North Harris.
“In addition, it is important in that it sends a clear message that the Big Lottery Fund supports communities in their efforts to attract businesses and create new employment.
“Along with housing provision, job creation is an essential element in reversing population decline and providing opportunities for our young families. A real good news story.”
Calum MacKay, Chair of the North Harris Trust, said: “Our 2012 Community Survey confirmed that the lack of jobs is the biggest issue facing our small community.
“This project will create first rate facilities that will attract new and growing businesses from near and far. Each will be expected to deliver on their promise to create new jobs and training opportunities. Support from the Big Lottery Fund confirms our belief that community-driven developments like this are the way to make a difference.”