Move will create jobs and training
A social enterprise has received a £45,000 grant from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to help give whisky barrels a new lease of life.
Entrepreneurs Frankie Hodge and Jackie Dunsmuir, who currently run Recycle Fife, said the money will help them get Barrel Crafted off the ground.
The pair will employ two joiners and a designer in Crosshill, Fife, then give training opportunities for up to 10 people to learn wood working skills.
The company intends to create a range of items from candle holders and bird boxes to furniture and flooring then sell the products online through eBay shops.
Several distilleries have agreed to provide the venture with whisky barrels.
Dunsmuir said: "It's fantastic to get the grant as that will give us nine months worth of funding to get things up and running.
"It really allows us to press on with creating jobs and training for people in the area."
In 2004 Hodge and Dunsmuir set up Recycle Fife with the aid of a Coalfields Regeneration Trust grant.
The Lochgelly recycling business now employs more than 20 people and has a s500,000 turnover.
Nicky Wilson Scottish trustee of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, said: "One of the Trusts key priorities is to improve employment prospects in former mining areas, and the best way to do that is to encourage local enterprises.
"We are delighted to be able to help Recycle Fife launch another venture which we all hope will be equally successful."