Aberdeenshire councillors have been asked to award £160,000 of funding to allow a north-east enterprise to relocate.
The Fraserburgh Enterprise Hub project was meant to move into the Faithlie Centre but due to redevelopment delays it took up a space in a School Street shop.
Elevator, a social enterprise supporting business start-ups and growth, currently runs the project with two staff members working at the base.
The project started in April 2018 with funding from the Leader programme and the Fraserburgh Regeneration Action Plan.
But, due to time restraints on the programme, Leader can only offer financial support for some of the costs up to September 2020.
Tomorrow, members of the Banff and Buchan area committee will be asked to approve a grant of up to £159,778 from the Fraserburgh regeneration reserve budget to extend the Fraserburgh Enterprise Hub project from July 2020 until September 2021.
In a report, director of infrastructure services Stephen Archer tells councillors: “To ensure that the Hub can relocate into The Faithlie Centre, as originally envisaged, and continue their delivery, the committee is requested to approve a further grant to… sustain the project until September 2021.
“The Enterprise Hub project has been highly successful, has established a credible and visible presence in Fraserburgh and provides an invaluable ‘one stop shop’ for access to bespoke and mainstream business support for new and growth businesses in the town and surrounding rural catchment.
“During the first full year of the project, Elevator have delivered support to 26 potential pre-start enterprises, support to eight new business start-ups, support to 39 existing businesses, created 10 new jobs in supported businesses and held 35 business networking and training events, supporting 330 participants.”