£2m package announced for new jobs and business space on Skye
The funding package will be used to develop new business facilities.
A funding package worth nearly £2m has been announced to develop new business facilities on Skye.
The move will also support up to 80 new jobs, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday.
The National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, has received funding to develop a building which will provide space for up to 20 new businesses and offer accommodation for 20 staff at its Kilbeg Village site.
It will support up to 60 new jobs in the construction sector including six youth apprenticeships and more than 20 full time positions within the new development.
From May, construction work will get under way to develop the £6.1m project which is due to complete at the beginning of 2015.
Speaking at a European Structural Funds event at Glasgow Caledonian University, Ms Sturgeon said: "Investment in projects like the Sabhal Mor Ostaig on Skye is absolutely key for stimulating economic growth throughout Scotland.
"In these tough economic times it is vital that we support opportunities that help create new jobs and apprenticeship places while offering assistance to develop and improve our rural communities.
"This new building, which is due for completion in 2015, will provide much needed new facilities for the people of Skye, which will boost its reputation on a national level and help to attract more investment to the area.
"Of course, community involvement is integral to the success of the design and delivery of local economic and social regeneration initiatives. This government is absolutely clear about the contribution that regeneration makes to growing our economy and improving the life chances of Scotland’s people.
"I look forward to hearing more about this project as work gets under way over the coming months."
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