Plans to develop a new business hub in Fife by building seven units have been approved.
Work is set to start in autumn on land within Kirkcaldy’s Dunnikier business park.
The premises are being built through the Industrial Innovation Investment Programme (IIIP), Fife’s flagship project as part of the £1.3bn Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal.
Alongside the new homes for small businesses, the construction will include solar panels and a new access road as well as car parking.
The Investment Programme is expected to create 600 short-term construction jobs and a further 1000 permanent skilled positions. jobs.
Neil Crooks, the convener for the Kirkcaldy Area Committee, said: “This is a major economic opportunity for the businesses that will be able to expand into the new units.
“We know that demand in Kirkcaldy is strong for this type of unit, so the emphasis is very much on getting these ready for tenants as quickly as possible.
“This is another important step forward in delivering the ten-year programme that will encourage more businesses to locate and grow within Fife, and secure a further £30m of investment by the private sector.”
Michael Matheson, the cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, added: “These deals benefit Scotland as a whole and have the power to build on an area’s significant strengths and expertise.
“Fife’s flagship industrial innovation investment programme is a perfect example of this and I’m delighted to see it progressing.”