When Anderson Swan Hunter Ltd, (aptly named after all 3 of it’s female founders) was formed in January 2018, the Environmental Consultancy and Auditing Service company was run from their home offices.
The business had been a while in the planning by the trio Lynne Anderson, Eleanor Swan and Susan Hunter, all of whom had worked in the past as regulators for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), albeit in different capacities.
Passionate about their line of work and armed with a bank of skills including environmental planning, compliance and licensing processes as well as staff training of environmental procedures, the three set out to create a company that provides expert advice to companies striving to achieve sustainable business practices.
However, the team were quick to realise that they were outgrowing “the kitchen table”, and looked to scope out the ideal space. In doing so, they discovered the Enterprise Hub Fife based in the centre of Glenrothes.
“We were blown away with the modern facilities offered by the Hub” exclaimed Susan Hunter, who had signed up to attend the Women’s Enterprise Scotland’s Leadership Masterclass programme being hosted there.
Part of the attraction to the Enterprise Hub Fife was the fact it offered more than just an office base. In the words of Susan ” It provides lease flexibility which is reassuring to know when you are facing the uncertainty of your first year of trading”.
Since moving into the office in Spring earlier this year, Anderson Swan Hunter have managed to make full use of the support package on offer including networking opportunities, access to specialised advise and workshops, not to mention the benefit of collaborating with the other office tenants. “We were very fortunate and extremely grateful to have have won a tender shortly after moving into the office and having been sign posted by our contacts within the Hub” commented Susan.
When asked about the next step in their business venture, Susan was modest but “hopeful that the business will continue to grow and we will manage to establish ourselves building a strong base to move to the next step”.
Led by Fife Council’s Economic Development team, working alongside Business Gateway Fife and the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Enterprise Hub aims to provide businesses with greater support from early stage concepts through to aftercare and allowing wider accessibility to other support networks.