A GIRVAN entrepreneur has been awarded a £5,000 boost for his business from Firstport’s What if... Girvan programme.

Andrew Sinclair has been part of the project since 2016 and recently received a £5,000 ‘Start It’ award for his ‘We Cafe’, an enterprise importing, roasting and selling coffee produced in developing countries, offering employment and training to the local community.

Jeane Freeman, constituency MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley congratulated Mr Sinclair on his successful application for Firstport Social Entrepreneurs Fund.

Following the news, Jeane Freeman MSP said: “This is excellent news for Mr Sinclair, who deserves to be recognised as an excellent entrepreneur.

“The project will bring a huge benefit to their local communities and I look forward to seeing both companies grow.

“I’m grateful to Firstport who distribute money from the Scottish Government’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund which benefits many of my constituents in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley.”

Delivered by Firstport, What if... Girvan has been working with local people to inspire them to turn their ideas into businesses that will transform their local area and benefit the wider community.

The organisation say the community are best placed to make a positive change in the area as they know what it needs and the things that could be better.

Firstport are holding a workshop in Girvan next week on social enterprise to allow those who are interested in business to learn about social enterprise and the benefits it can have.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 15 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.