Fife business Matters - Issue 25

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ISSUE 25 • winter 2013

LOCAL BUSINESS NEWS: hear more success stories


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WELCOME to Fife Business Matters WELCOME to the latest edition of Fife Business Matters. As I write, Fife Business Week has just come to an end and I’m delighted to report, it has, once again, exceeded all expectations, attracting over 400 delegates from companies of all sizes from across Fife. The event, now in its fourth year, had a programme full of ambitious and exciting events which captured the imagination of organisations and business leaders through networking discussions, exposure to best practice, workshops and seminars all aimed at helping businesses succeed. I’d like to extend my sincerest thanks to those businesses and partner organisations which collaborated to deliver such a successful event and encourage them to continue working together for the benefit of the local economy. This year also saw the launch of an ambitious new ten year economic strategy for Fife in October. The Fife Economy Strategy 2013-2023, developed jointly by Fife Council and the Fife Economy Partnership in consultation with the local business community, sets out how we plan to achieve a vibrant economy in Fife, where the local business environment inspires people to create jobs and make Fife the best place to start and grow a business. As we say goodbye to 2013, this issue reflects on what has been a successful year for businesses in Fife. In addition to award successes, I was inspired to hear about businesses – large and small – that have invested and continue to grow in Fife. From established firms to business start-ups, as well as the many hundreds of businesses succeeding in the region, we can celebrate in the knowledge that each and every organisation plays an integral role in growing the Fife economy. I hope you enjoy this issue of Fife Business Matters and I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. Chris Parr, Chairman, Fife Economy Partnership

Contents P4

Helping Businesses Succeed: Fife Business Week 2013 is best yet


Celebrating success: Create in Fife Awards


New strategy for growing Fife’s economy


Business advice from Thomson Cooper


Fife’s top young entrepreneurs revealed


Goings on at Fife Tourism Partnership


FBM meets Hugh Logan, Fife College


Fife Business Scoops Chamber Award


Business Gateway Fife opens new Cupar hub office


Lamond & Murray secures RSA grant


Invest in Fife launches oil & gas campaign


Introducing enterprise to Fife’s future business leaders


Celebrating Fife’s food & drink sector


FSB: New Zero Waste Regulations affect all businesses


Green Business Fife update


Events diary

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Helping businesses succeed: Fife Business Week 2013 is best yet

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Over 400 business people attended Fife Business Week which ran from 11 – 15th November. The event, which is now in its fourth year, once again attracted wide support from local businesses and partner organisations through a week-long series of workshops, seminars, best practice visits and conferences reflecting the key issues of local businesses today. Hosted by the Fife Economy Partnership and supported by Fife Council Economic Development, the aim of this ambitious initiative was to help Fife businesses to succeed while supporting the local economy to flourish by encouraging collaboration between organisations. Chris Parr, chairman of the Fife Economy Partnership, said: “It seems no time since we launched Fife Business Week in 2010 and to see how well established Business Week has become in the Fife business calendar is testament to those businesses and partner organisations who have collaborated to deliver an exciting range of events, seminars, workshops and conferences.


“Fife Council and the Fife Economy Partnership are ambitious to see the local economy continue to flourish and hope that by supporting Fife Business Week local businesses will benefit from the range of events and networking opportunities. “This year, we focused once again on helping businesses to succeed, with the programme reflecting the key issues of business today from social media, addressing energy efficiency, finding new business, selling and managing key costs and resources.” Eighteen events took place across Fife during Fife Business Week, with many fully booked. Proving successful was the BAE Systems business breakfast, hosted in partnership with Fife Council Economic Development, with Scottish Engineering and FiFab giving guests an insight into Fife’s manufacturing sector. Dunfermline played host to eight events during Fife Business Week and included sessions on running family businesses and business opportunities associated with the


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new Forth Crossing, hosted by Fife Chamber of Commerce and Invest in Fife. Fife Council’s Supplier Development Programme, established to offer SMEs the opportunity to grow and diversify through procurement, ran an event to help companies with public sector procurement. Liberty Business Centre’s workshops were a highlight once again. The half-day workshop entitled ‘Find New Clients in 10 Simple Steps a Day’ offered an interactive introduction into sales and marketing, learning about tools and strategies to move their business forward and gain new clients, easily. Business Gateway Fife and Green Business Fife’s ‘Practical withEfficiency customers on manyproved socialpopular media e launched Guide to Energy in the Workplace’ meeting at addressing the Fife Renewables Innovation platforms, energy efficiency, 010 and aswith businesses Centre to hear about how to reduce energy consumption and finding new business, selling and ear it is very practical ways to cut costs. A delegation also visited Diageo managing key costs and resources. established for a tour of its bottling lines in Leven. Events take place across Fife and the me in the Fife Cllr Lesley Laird, Executive spokesperson for Business, vast majority are ouncil andEnterprise, the Economy & Planning said:free to attend.


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Alan Colquhoun, BAE Systems Maritime Services presenting to guests at the BAE breakfast seminar.

“Fife Council and the Fife Economy Partnership are ambitious to see the local economy continue to flourish. well as opening up networks Weas want to increase employment and tackle theand barriers to employment some residents face. business opportunities. ”I hope that by supporting Fife Business Week local businesses benefited from the range of initiatives and It is fantastic to see a packed networking opportunities and2013 will contribute to helping programme for the Fife Business businesses recover from the global financial crisis and take Week. This is a valuable opportunity for advantage of opportunities for growth.”

businesses of all sizes to develop their organisations through access to support, networking discussions and exposure to best practice across a wide range of disciplines. I look forward to seeing you there!


Create in Fife Awards

Create in Fife Awards celebrated the achievements of creative businesses and practitioners in Fife.

The achievements of creative businesses and practitioners in Fife were celebrated at the ‘Create in Fife’ Awards on Wednesday 13th November at Fife College’s St Brycedale campus. The four beautiful glass awards, designed and produced by local artist Keiko Mukaide, were presented at the ceremony to the winners of each category: • Best Newcomer – Suit and Pace • Creative Collaboration – Kirsty Thomas, Lovely Pigeon • Innovation - Cactus ID • Outstanding Contribution – Open Studio North Fife The four winners were greeted by representatives of the awards panel; Creative Scotland, Fife Cultural Trust, Fife Council Economic Development, Fife College and


Fife Contemporary Art & Craft. The Awards ceremony was funded by Creative Scotland as part of Fife’s Place Partnership. Best Newcomer winner, Suit and Pace is a creative comedy partnership between Andrew Coull and Beth Hamilton-Cardus, producing amusing, thought provoking theatre, with an educational slant. The comedy duo has made a significant mark on the creative landscape in Fife during their initial 12 months of practice. Kirsty Thomas of Cellardyke-based design studio, Lovely Pigeon was the winner of the highly competitive Creative Collaboration Award. Kirsty has been working with international interiors brand Formica to develop a jewellery collection for international markets.

The Innovation award was presented to Cactus ID, a creative new media production company. Cactus ID impressed the awards panel with their innovative use of digital technologies, producing e-learning and workforce development materials. The Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to Open Studios North Fife. Over eight years, this arts festival has established itself as a key event in Fife’s cultural calendar and the panel felt the festival made a very deserving winner. The ‘Create in Fife’ Awards aimed to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity and success of Fife’s creative and cultural industries. With the winners cross-cutting the creative areas of Performing Arts, Writing & Publishing, Design, Craft, Digital Technologies and Visual Art the true wealth of talent and range of activities within the sector in Fife certainly have been highlighted. The profile of the Creative sector will continue to be raised over the coming year with plans for a new ‘Create in Fife’ category to be included in the 2014 Fife Business Awards. ‘Create in Fife’ is the dedicated network and support initiative for the creative and cultural industries and is managed by Fife Cultural Trust. For further information on upcoming events and opportunities please see or contact louise.

news in brief

New strategy for growing Fife’s economy Celebrating the best of Fife at the Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards

Celebrating the best of Fife The sixth annual Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards was an evening of glitz and glamour in which individuals, schools and voluntary organisations were recognised for the outstanding contribution they make to the Fife community. In front of 300 guests who gathered at the Rothes Hall, Glenrothes for the ceremony, Lindsay Penman was presented with the new business start-up award, sponsored by Business Gateway Fife. The 22 year-old founded Dalgety Bay beauty business, Loopy Lou’s, just over a year ago, before which she was studying for her beauty qualifications while working parttime at Asda. The provost’s award, sponsored by Fife Council and presented by Fife Provost Jim Leishman, went to Harry Blyth who was recognised for his work with East Fife FC and Maggie’s Fife. The awards attracted around 3,000 entries which were whittled down to winners in 15 categories including the best visitor attraction award, sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses, which was won by RAF Leuchers Airshow. Other categories included the best community group or initiative award, teacher of the year award and the employee of the year award, sponsored by Fife Auto Centre.

An ambitious ten year economic strategy for growing a vibrant Fife economy has been launched. Developed by Fife Council and the Fife Economy Partnership, the Fife Economic Strategy 2013-2023 sets out ways in which the region can recover from the global financial crisis, tackle the barriers to employment some of its residents face, and help local businesses take advantage of opportunities for growth. Chris Parr, Chair of the Fife Economy Partnership, said: “Our vision is for a vibrant economy where the local business environment inspires people to create jobs, making Fife the best place to start and grow a business. “In developing the strategy we consulted with businesses to identify the issues and challenges currently faced. This consultation will continue as the strategy is implemented.” Alex Rowley, Leader of Fife Council said: “Our strategy sets out the ambitions Fife Council and the Fife Economy Partnership share for the local economy in 2013 and how they will be delivered. “Both the context and challenge for Fife in the foreseeable future is one of change. Collaboration and co-operation are vital for the economy to respond to the complex set of challenges that this change creates. We encourage all businesses to get involved in helping to deliver the ambitions of this strategy.” To download a copy of the strategy visit:

Chris Parr launches the economic strategy for growing Fife’s economy

/ BRAND-REX GROWS OPERATIONS IN MIDDLE EAST Glenrothes-based Brand-Rex is to increase its activity in the Middle East through a new partnership with How United Services. The alliance will enable Brand-Rex, which supplies copper and fibre optic based network infrastructures for organisations, data centres and extreme environments, to grow its operations in Qatar where demand for these services is high.

/ FIFE PAIR SHORTLISTED FOR BUSINESSWOMEN AWARDS Two Fife businesswomen were finalists in the Association of Scottish Businesswomen Awards 2013. Sharon Hopkinson, membership recruitment executive at Fife Chamber was shortlisted for the Employee of the Year Award while the owner of Treasure Trails Scotland East, Carol Devon, was a finalist in the Young Business of the Year Award.

/ COMMUNITY GROUP RECEIVES FUNDING WINDFALL West Fife Enterprise has received a funding boost. The community group was awarded £10,000 from Clydesdale Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards to run four week-long courses for 32 young unemployed people who are seeking work in the business and finance sector. The courses include employment awareness, practical skills as well as a SAGE accredited qualification.

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EURO PRECISION SECURES £50,000 FROM ESIF Glenrothes based engineering company Euro Precision Ltd has used the East of Scotland Investment Fund to secure a £50,000 loan to develop their thriving business. The company, widely recognised as a market leader in the sub-contract industry, is a specialist manufacturer of small precision components in low to medium batch sizes for the Aerospace, Defence, Oil and Gas, Renewable, Medical and Motorsport sectors. With up to 5 years repayment period and fixed interest rates of 6%, the East of Scotland Investment Fund was the perfect solution for Euro Precision. Managing Managing Director, Director, Liam Liam Torrance, Torrance, commented commented:“ESIF “ESIF is a a superb superb fund fund for for growing growing businesses businesses and and has has been been is a real real boost boost to to help help us us realise realise our our long long term term plans plans for for a the future” future.” the

Fife’s top young entrepreneurs revealed

Rebecca Lee and Lorelle Penman were recognised at the PTYBS Awards 2013.

A PHOTOGRAPHY pair were named Fife’s top young entrepreneurs at the regional finals of The Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland Young Entrepreneur (PTYBS) Awards 2013. Rebecca Lee, founder of Rebecca Lee Photography in Dalgety Bay was announced as the regional winner at a ceremony at Tulliallan Police College in Fife. She was presented with a £1000 cash prize by Ken Munro of Babcock, sponsors of the winner’s award. Rebecca Lee (33) started her own business after losing her job. Deciding that she wanted to be in charge of her own destiny, Rebecca set about learning everything she could about what it takes to be selfemployed. She received support from Business Gateway Fife which put her in touch with PTYBS, which also supports business start-ups, and which was able to help Rebecca further with her new venture. In 2011 Rebecca Lee Photography was established. With hard work and determination, Rebecca has quickly established a growing reputation for her sports photography. Her own early background in competitive swimming has given her the ability to understand the pressures and excitement in the world of sport, which she captures through the lens, producing impactful and evocative imagery. Rebecca was one of the official GB Paralympics photographers in London in 2012 and future plans include building her sports portfolio and increasing her public and commercial photography assignments. Runner up was Glenrothes’ Lorelle Penman (29), founder of Lorelle Elizabeth Photography. Lorelle also faced losing her job, and like Rebecca, she turned the situation into an opportunity to start her own photography business, specialising in portraits and weddings. Lorelle has worked with many large UK organisations through corporate events and conferences, as well as with private clients who are celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and Holy Communion events. She works from home and has successfully established her business alongside a number of other well-known photographers in Fife by providing a quality service with the necessary interpersonal skills that has led to a large number of customer recommendations and testimonials. Provost Jim Leishman presented Lorelle with a £500 cash prize and runners-up certificate. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland Regional Manager, Marissa Yassen said: “Both these young entrepreneurs have exemplified determination, the will to succeed and the ability to turn a good idea into a viable business. They are great role models for other young people and deserving winners of these awards.” For further information about The Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland, contact Regional Manager, Marissa Yassen on 01592 858334.


Robertson Construction hosts meet the buyer The Supplier Development Programme’s (SDP) Meet the Buyer event continues to deliver. The most recent session, hosted by Robertson Construction and Fife Council Economic Development, was an opportunity for local businesses to hear plans for a 60 bedroom care home with drop in centre and day care facilities, including meals on wheels, in Kirkcaldy and find out how to get involved. Procladd (Scotland) Ltd’s Director, Keith Burrell, said: “This was an excellent opportunity and very worthwhile for building new business

Manufacturing in Fife: a Scottish engineering perspective As part of Fife Business Week, Fife Council Economic Development in partnership with BAE Systems hosted a business breakfast, offering an insight into the manufacturing sector from Scottish Engineering, the key support organisation for the manufacturing engineering sector in Scotland. Bryan Buchan, chief executive of Scottish Engineering, said: “Scottish Engineering is proud to have over 40 member companies throughout Fife, and we recognise the contribution they make to the vitality of the region. Furthermore, many of these companies are actively involved in their local communities, taking leading roles in the promotion of engineering and manufacturing careers through their schools and colleges, as well as providing direct support with practical initiatives such as breakfast clubs. In many ways, the Fife sector leads the way and promises much for the future in every aspect of engineering.”

Robertson Construction hosts Meet the Buyer event

relationships. The event was relaxed and we were able to learn about the procurement process as well as highlight our product and services.” For Colin Steedman, branch manager of George Boyd, this was his first Meet the Buyer event. He said: “It was informative and meeting people in person makes such a difference. “I also spoke to Business Gateway Fife about its services and training and hope to work more closely with them going forward.”

Attendees also met with representatives from Fife Council Corporate Procurement, Business Gateway Fife, Opportunities Fife and SDP at the event, aimed at encouraging the local supply chain and making local businesses aware of upcoming opportunities. For information on SDP or to register, contact carlene.simpson@ or call 03451 555555 (ext. 406752). For upcoming events, visit:

John Penman, sales and marketing director at FiFab, also addressed guests and discussed ways of maximising opportunities including business support through partner organisations such as Fife Council, Business Gateway Fife and Scottish Engineering. He said:

“As the sector sees a month on month improvement with many companies looking towards capital investment and people development, it is important that support is offered through partner organisations. Together we can succeed in making Fife the best place to do business.”

Business leaders attended a breakfast session offering an insight into the manufacturing sector in Fife. L-R: John Penman, Fife Fabrications Ltd; Keith Winter, Environment, Enterprise and Communities, Fife Council; Alan Colquhoun, BAE Systems Maritime Services; Pamela Stevenson, Enterprise & Business Development, Fife Council; and Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive, Scottish Engineering.


Taking the message to new events This summer’s Edinburgh Festival attracted something a little different. Members of Outdoor Fife headed to Princes Street Gardens to attract Festival visitors and Edinburgh families across the Forth and experience the many local natural and visitor attractions. The companies included Inspired Falconry, Fife Flyers, Fife Golf Partnership, Blown Away, Treasure Trails and Cairnie Fruit Farm. Steve Brazendale of Inspired Falconry and chair of Outdoor Fife, said: “Fife has been voted number one outdoor destination for seven years in a row, so we decided it was time to spread the word to Edinburgh families that we are here all year round.”

John Parker of Morton of Pitmilly picks up the Courier Business Award for Tourism Business of the Year

Members of Outdoor Fife attended the Edinburgh Festival



Top of the class for Keavil House Hotel in Dunfermline as it picked up its fifth International Quality Award in a row. Scoring virtually full marks across a range of assessments from standards of service to customer care and food, the hotel is proving yet again why it is a Best Western Plus establishment. Morton of Pitmilly Countryside Resort is celebrating a double win having been awarded the Tourism Business of the Year at The Courier Business Awards and picked up the regional title Best Self Serve Accommodation in the Scottish Thistle Awards. A number of the Kingdom’s business, tourism and media organisations have come together to create the first Fife Food and Drink Awards. Building on best practice from other parts of Scotland, the awards will provide customers and businesses with the opportunity to vote for the region’s best eating experiences and to recognise expertise in the food and drink industry. The Awards were launched in November and the winners will be announced at a high profile event in March 2014. For more information visit

Tourism opportunities from the 80 cruise ships that berth in the Forth each year are now full steam ahead. More than 60 companies attended a recent workshop to learn more about developing visitor offers for cruise passengers. Peter Wilson, Cruise Forth project manager, said: “Visitors are interested in heritage tours and ancestry, Scottish culture and exploring the towns, villages and natural beauty of Fife. There is great enthusiasm amongst businesses to develop collaborations and offers aimed at the cruise market.” Are you up to date with tourism in Fife? Businesses can register on the new Fife Tourism Partnership and Outdoor Fife websites free of charge to reach a growing audience of visitors. and Join in the conversations on and Fife Tourism. Tweet us @LoveFife @FifeTourism and @OutdoorFife


FBM meets Hugh Logan, Principal of Fife College

Hugh Logan

The merger of Fife’s colleges has provided a real opportunity for young people in Fife to develop skills and training but also to support the growth of the local economy by delivering skilled, job ready graduates to a range of sectors. FBM met with Fife College’s new Principal, Hugh Logan, to find out more about how the College and the business community can work together to provide fruitful opportunities for Fife’s young people. Hugh Logan took on the role in June after a successful period at Motherwell College, transforming it into one of Scotland’s most financially secure colleges. Chatting to FBM he was very passionate about the future of Fife College and talked positively about the ambitions – to provide a curriculum offering, in an appropriate estate, to support Fife’s economic aspirations – and its relationship with the business sector. Hugh said: “Fife College is in a strong position. It has a turnover of £47 million and a business turnover of £11 million, delivers over 800 modern apprenticeships of which 500 are training in the engineering and energy sectors and it engages with over 1800 local businesses so there is a strong base to build on. “Working in partnership with the business community is crucial. We have appointed a Vice Principal to oversee

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commercial development who will play a key role in building and developing relationships with the business community to identify opportunities, find out more about their needs and collaborate to ensure we deliver a curriculum that develops the skills and knowledge needed to support employment in Fife.” Fife College has a proven track record of operating alongside local businesses. Over the last four years, it has developed an innovative pre-apprenticeship scheme, through to the recruitment and training of over 100 Modern Apprentices for Babcock Marine and Technology, by working together, understanding the business needs and by responding to changing needs. Hugh added: “The College has also been working to support emerging markets through The Energy Skills Challenge Fund. As companies initially sought to diversify into new areas of the region’s renewable energy sector, we developed and implemented a training/skills framework provision to enable employees to pick up the necessary qualifications. “It is this adaptability and approach to working with local businesses that is vital to supporting a learning framework that achieves the needs of the Fife economy and establishes Fife College as a leading training and education provider.”


Fife business scoops Chamber Award John Young Signs Ltd, a Signage and Engraving Company from Cowdenbeath, is celebrating winning the Outstanding Personal Achievement Award in the Scottish heats of the Chamber Awards 2013. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Chamber Awards highlight the role of business as a positive force for the UK recovery, and for local communities. John Kilgour, President of the Fife Chamber of Commerce (FCC) said: “We are delighted for John and his team who have driven the company forward at an amazing speed, using many of the benefits offered by Fife Chamber and the Chamber network, to achieve phenomenal growth by offering new products, whilst offering excellent service. “We offer our congratulations and have no doubt that this is just the start of the road for this dynamic young business.”

John Young Signs (pictured above) will represent Scotland in the BCC national finals in London. Its managing director, John Young, said: “We are honoured to have been recognised for this prestigious award. As a young company we have come a long way in the last four years and have many more goals to achieve in the future. Our staff have been integral in building the company and I give thanks to all their hard work and effort. This is just the start so watch this space!”

Chamber annual dinner benefits local charities Fife Chamber members have raised £3600 for two local charities – Fife Society for the Blind and Maggie’s Fife - at its annual dinner at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews. The evening commenced with a special award created by the Chamber staff and board as a tribute to former Chief Executive Alan Russell who sadly passed away earlier this year. The Alan Russell Award for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to John Muir, Managing Director of Muir Construction and Chair of JW Muir Group.

Dr Peter Hughes was Master of Ceremonies and introduced keynote speaker, Jim McColl of Clyde Blowers Capital IM LLP, who gave a fascinating insight into his early career and the global reach of his business interests. After dinner entertainment was provided by Bill Copeland. Speaking after the dinner, Fife Chamber president John Kilgour, said: “Another fantastic evening has been marked by the generosity of our members. We take pride in supporting local business interests and it is wonderful that our

Fife Chamber president, John Kilgour is joined by the after dinner speakers at its annual dinner. (L-R): Bill Copeland, John Kilgour, Jim McColl of Clyde Blowers Capital IM LLP and Dr Peter Hughes


members continue to join us in support of local charities. The annual dinner is the pinnacle of our year and we are pleased that so many leading local businesspeople have been able to share this with us once again.” To find out more about FCC visit or call 01592 647740.

John Muir, managing director of Muir Construction and chair of JW Muir Group was presented with the Alan Russell Award for Lifetime Achievement by FCC president, John Kilgour

Fife businesses recognised at Courier Awards It was a good night for Fife businesses when they attended the inaugural Courier Business Awards at Fairmont St Andrews, on Friday 1 November. Three Fife-based companies collected awards at the black tie event which brought together 500 businessmen and women to celebrate the most successful businesses in East Central Scotland. Morton of Pitmilly Countryside Resort, a luxurious collection of self-catering holiday homes on the outskirts of St Andrews, scooped the Tourism Business of the Year award while Scaramanga Trading Limited, a renowned leather satchel supplier, was awarded the Retail Business of the Year award.

Tullis Russell won the Social Impact Business of the Year award at the Courier Business Awards

Premium paper and board manufacturers, Tullis Russell, picked up the Social Impact Business of the Year award for its commitment to the local area. The Courier Editor, Richard Neville, said: “This is the first year we have held these awards and the response has been absolutely fantastic.

Scaramanga Trading Limited was awarded the Retail Business of the Year award at the Courier Business Awards

“I am convinced that these awards will grow and grow every year, especially given the wonderful opportunity they present to businesses to show the rest of the country how innovative and adventurous they can be.” Scott & Fyfe and PayWizard were shortlisted for a Courier Business Award.

Town centre business support programme launched Fife Council has launched a new Town Centre Business Support (TCBS) Programme, which will be delivered through Business Gateway Fife, to encourage enterprise and business development opportunities. The support, available in town centres across Fife, can offer businesses a 50 per cent contribution grant (capped at £2,000) to uptake vacant commercial units as well as to improve occupied premises. TCBS has three elements:

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1. Vacant Property Improvement Grant is available to support the physical improvement to the exterior and/or interior of vacant and available premises. Incoming tenants, taking on a lease of at least one year, are eligible to apply as are existing businesses that are taking on a vacant unit as part of business development plans. Landlords may also

apply as part of a pre-let investment package, if premises have been vacant for six months and provided an active marketing plan is in place for the unit. 2. Business Improvement Grant is for existing businesses to use to improve and enhance the external fabric and appearance of their building or to support with business development, including diversification, building an online presence and e-commerce activities. 3. Town Centre Expert Help – business advisory support to start-up and commercial town centre businesses is also on offer. For more information call Business Gateway Fife on 01592 858333 or email:


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Adventure Golf Island adds new dimension Business Gateway Fife (BGF) has assisted one of Fife’s most unique leisure experiences to add a new dimension to its business with a £5000 grant from the Fife Investment Fund. Adventure Golf Island, based at Fife Leisure Park in Dunfermline, has transformed its business into an all year round attraction by installing Europe’s first giant inflatable dome over a mini golf course. Managing director, Matthew Corrie, said: “The weather is such a big aspect of our business so we have been working for some time to make it more weather proof. There has been a considerable investment and we’re thrilled with the outcome, the support and funding advice we’ve had from Business Gateway Fife.” BGF supported Adventure Golf Island’s application to access funding, which was pivotal to the whole process. The Fife Investment Fund is a Fife Council funded grant to encourage small companies to invest and grow their business – visit www. to find out more.

Matthew Corrie of Adventure Golf Island


Businesses to benefit from app

Business Gateway has launched free business app

Business Gateway (BG) has launched Scotland’s first free business advice app. ‘MyBusiness’ will provide a new mobile route to BG’s comprehensive sources of information and advice. The app supports existing business owners, business start-ups and those considering setting up a business, with free support guides, video tutorials and a Business Gateway events finder. It also sets out task based action plans through its reminder and personal planner system helping to prioritise and complete tasks.

Export advice for House of Bluebell The Fife Economy Partnership has embraced the findings of its recent export survey, which reported that exports in Fife were worth just over £2,000 million in 2012, and has launched a series of workshops, through Business Gateway Fife, to support businesses starting to export or identifying new markets. In partnership with Smart Exporter, Business Gateway Fife hosted a series of free, one-to-one clinics with an export adviser. For House of Bluebell, a newly formed woollen garment company, the sessions have been instrumental in forming an export strategy. Wendy Crawford set up House of Bluebell (the trading name for Matthew Crawford Jnr) this summer, with the aim to export Ladies 100 per cent wool suits made in Scotland, to America and Europe. She said: “I had absolutely no export expertise but knew that there was demand for Scottish wool garments in parts of America and Europe. The session helped me focus on specific export areas and how to actually penetrate these areas. I plan to attend various trade shows and meet agents who can help take my products to market.” Smart Exporter helped Wendy to pinpoint North America and Northern Europe as export destinations. Currently Wendy and her three members of staff are finalising samples, ready for export in Autumn 2014. To find out more please call 01592 858333 or email

BGF opens new Cupar hub office

Tom Mitchell, managing director of Puddledub

Bright future for Puddledub

Business Gateway Fife (BGF) has opened a hub office in Cupar supporting its operations across Fife. From its new hub, BGF has already advised its first client – East Neuk Glass. The bespoke stained glass design business was seeking Create in Fife funding to help with the purchase of equipment, including a kiln. The Create in Fife Fund provides financial support (50% contribution up to a maximum of £1,500) to creative businesses on a range of projects as well as help with the purchase of capital equipment. Keny Drew of East Neuk Glass said: “I approached BGF for funding advice to support the purchase of equipment which will help grow the business. “I also received excellent advice on how to go about setting up East Neuk Glass as my second company and how it and my commercial photography business fit together.” BGF’s Cupar hub is located at Westport Business Centre, Old School Road, and is an additional office for the support agency, which is headquartered in Glenrothes. Westport Business Centre comprises of five units, of which three are available for lease, following a recent refurbishment by Fife Council. BGF’s Cupar office will be open two afternoons a week. To contact BGF please call 01592 858333. For more information on Westport Business Centre, please contact: Derek Bayne, Fife Council Business Property on 03451 555555 (ext 492183) or email:

Family run business, Puddledub, has come a long way since it was established in 2000. It now employs 15 staff; recently took over the meat counter at Dobbies Dunfermline; is on course to turnover £1 million this financial year; and features in Scottish Business Insider’s Sprint 100 group of fastest growing companies for a second year. Its close relationship with Business Gateway Fife (BGF) has played a role in its growth, offering funding and advice. It was BGF that recommended the Fife Investment Fund (FIF) to help with the purchase of capital equipment which has transformed its production line. Tom Mitchell, managing director of Puddledub, said: “BGF’s advice and support has helped improve the business. Directing us to and helping with support from the Fife Council Fife Investment Fund, has enabled us to purchase equipment which has made a significant improvement to production.” BGF opens new Cupar hub office


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/ BORLAND GROUP MOVES INTO KIRKCALDY The Borland Group, which has offices in Dunfermline and Aberdeen, has completed a deal to take over the Kirkcaldy office of Carlyle Insurance Group, as part of its on-going business growth strategy to deliver expert insurance advice to both commercial and private clients. The move increases Borland’s team to 57 across the three locations, with the nine Kirkcaldy based staff becoming Borland employees.

/ RSE HOTEL ON COURSE A team of six runners from the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews recently donned their running shoes to take part in the Bupa Great North Run half marathon. The team headed up by Helen Parker, Director of Resort Sales, Marketing & Real Estate is on target to raise £5,000 for a collection of charities.

/ D&G EXPAND INTO KIRKCALDY Vehicle repair business D&G Autocare is planning to expand further in Fife with the addition of a new garage outlet in Kirkcaldy. The business which has a turnover of £5 million and employs 70 people is also opening a new branch in Whitburn increasing its garages to 13.

/ ASDA KIRKCALDY SUPPORTS YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT SCHEME Asda Kirkcaldy took part in Feeding Britain’s Future – Skills for Work Month 2013, a national campaign to help young unemployed people into work. The store offered free skills training to build confidence and skills and help tackle youth unemployment in Fife.

Scott & Fyfe innovates in textiles Innovation, collaboration and creation are the foundations of Scott & Fyfe. The technical textiles firm, which has been manufacturing for over 150 years, has created 164 prototypes this year alone. So what is it that makes this company generate ideas quickly and efficiently? The team, its structure and its motivation (its mission statement is ‘transforming conceptual ideas into commercial innovations’) allows the firm to innovate and develop new ideas and solutions. It has also developed a new innovation and museum space which allows the team to work in an innovative environment and a product innovation tree showcases new product developments. Scott & Fyfe is launching a new range of multiaxial reinforcement textiles enabling it

Lamond & Murray looks to the future Inverkeithing-based Lamond & Murray has invested in new machinery with the aim of improving manufacturing efficiencies and supporting its growth into new markets. Funding support, including a Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant of £130,000 from Scottish Enterprise, enabled the sub-contract gear manufacturer to invest in two new Computer Numerical Control machines which are used to turn, mill and drill parts prior to and after gear cutting. The new equipment not only brings about greater efficiencies but also presents opportunities for the company in the onshore wind sector as well as the oil and gas sector. The RSA award has also enabled Lamond & Murray to refurbish its workshop and recruit three employees, taking its staff numbers to 34.

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Gear manufacturer, Lamond & Murray, received RSA grant to support growth.

to grow its capabilities and possibilities in the market and will continue to optimise the design of its products to tackle specific challenges such as drape, resin flow, air entrapment and surface finish, to provide a highly effective solution. John Lupton, Scott & Fyfe’s CEO, said: “The introduction of the multiaxial product range is in response to growing customer demand combined with our desire to develop novel and value added products as we seek to grow our presence in key market segments.” Scott & Fyfe is currently working on new developments with companies operating in the medical sector, oil and gas and renewables, including wind energy, to name a few.

Iain Lamond, sales director at Lamond & Murray, said: “This award will enable the business to grow. Investing in the latest technology will generate efficiencies both, financially and in terms of production, as well as present opportunities for growth into new sectors.” RSA is a discretionary grant scheme aimed at encouraging businesses to undertake investment that will directly result in the creation or safeguarding of jobs in Scotland. To find out more about RSA and the application criteria, visit:

FiFab is hoping to reap the benefits of superfast broadband

Businesses in Fife can expect to receive access to faster broadband following significant investment from the Scottish Government, BT and Fife Council. The Step Change programme, which greatly reduces the length of copper wires in the data network, will improve access to faster speeds and better internet services for companies. One company that is keen to reap these benefits is Fife Fabrications Ltd (FiFab). Its continued success is being driven by speed to market and operating in a time critical environment so it’s keen to receive the upgrades the programme can bring. FiFab’s ICT Support / Network Administrator, Ross McArthur said: “Our customer’s request for quote messages come over the internet, and if large, which they often are, we have to ask customers to split these up to allow it to come into us. “Similarly when we are working on design for manufacturing projects with customers, we have to break down data package size to allow it to be sent out. We operate in a global market and trade with many countries earning valuable export revenue for Scotland. We have over 130 employees relying on continued business for their jobs. All of our machines are connected to the internet for remote diagnostics. This depends on a high quality connection, the faster the connection, the faster our machines get repaired and the more work we do.” For information visit:

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BGF launches low carbon advisory service

A new low carbon advisory service has been launched by Business Gateway Fife aimed at assisting businesses to reduce energy consumption, save money and play a part in reducing Scotland’s carbon emissions. This new European funded programme will be delivered by Business Gateway Fife alongside Green Business Fife to assist its network members to improve resource efficiency by providing free onsite reviews identifying opportunities for improvements in energy, waste and water consumption. Robin Presswood, senior manager (Business & Employability) at Fife Council, said: “Businesses are seeking advice about how to improve energy efficiency but also how to fund these improvements. We can support businesses in identifying the right technologies as well as assisting with funding for installation.” TM Interiors is installing a wood burning stove which will use the waste wood from its production process as fuel. Its Director, Colin Clyde, said: “We operate a 5,000 sq ft factory which is hard to heat and costly. Business Gateway Fife’s low carbon adviser evaluated the business and proposed a number of areas in which we could reduce our energy consumption. The installation of a wood burning stove, which we’ve received funding from the Fife Investment Fund for, is likely to save us £4,000 a year.” Business Gateway Fife and Green Business Fife Network, are working in partnership to inform businesses of Scotland’s Waste regulations, which, from 1 January 2014, will require businesses to recycle paper and card, glass, metals, plastics and food waste. For more information, contact Business Gateway Fife on 01592 858333. and

/ TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT FOR 3D PRECISION Oil and gas engineering subcontractor 3D Precision has invested in new cutting edge technology to increase its productivity and meet demand. At the same time, the firm is recruiting to ensure the continued growth of the business as it aims to increase its turnover by more than 200 per cent in the coming years.

/ BIFAB REVEALS EXPANSION PLANS Burntisland Fabrications has revealed plans for a multi-million pound expansion at its Methil site. The heavy engineering company’s plans will double its output capacity to 150 jackets in the coming years, and is likely to create one of Europe’s premier subsea jacket manufacturing facilities.

/ DRINKS GIANT CELEBRATES MILESTONE Drinks giant Diageo recently celebrated 40 years in Leven. It marked the milestone with a party for 500 of the Leven staff in St Andrews. It first opened at Banbeath Industrial Estate on 24 September 1973 and the site has grown to employ up to 1200 at any one time.

/ RICHMOND HOMES CELEBRATES HERALD PROPERTY AWARD Housebuilder Richmond Homes has won a Herald Property Award 2013 for best family home. The bespoke five bedroom property, named ‘Auld Lang Syne’, is situated on the Fife coastline just outside St Andrews and was recognised by judges as “a beautifully spacious and unique property set in a fantastic location.”

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/ HONOURING FIFE COUNCIL’S APPRENTICES Fife Council’s annual Apprentice of the Year awards has celebrated the achievements of promising apprentices. Andres Pinero-Ruiz (apprentice joiner) scooped the top honour and was crowned apprentice of the year as well as fourth year winner. Apprentices from the other year groups were also recognised: Charlie Martin (apprentice plumber) was the first year winner; Connor Christie (apprentice electrician) picked up the second year honour; while top of the third year group was Tim Forsythe (apprentice joiner).

/ MISSION TO CUT YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT McAndrews Autocare has secured funding from Opportunities Fife, a scheme which aims to help youngsters find work. It has recruited two school leavers to work at the garage, both of who will study to become light vehicle technicians through a modern apprenticeship scheme at Fife College. This is a personal mission for business owner, George McAndrew, who aims to cut local youth unemployment.

/ KINGDOM HOUSING ASSOCIATION BIDS FAREWELL TO CHIEF EXECUTIVE After over 20 years’ service Kingdom Housing Association’s chief executive, Alan McGuckin, has retired. As the Association’s first employee back in 1985, he has seen his workforce increase to 350, has built over 3500 new homes and last year alone, it invested £17.5 million, with 236 new homes completed and started work on a further 174 properties.

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Invest In Fife launches oil & gas campaign

The world’s largest wind turbine offshore wind turbine is now standing in Fife

Construction of world’s largest wind turbine completed in Fife The world’s largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine is now standing at Energy Park Fife and is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2013. The Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) prototype offshore turbine is situated 50 metres offshore in the Firth of Forth and the tip of its blades stretch 196 metres above the sea. The nacelle, which contains all generating components for the turbine, was installed on Friday 11 October 2013, followed by the attachment of the three 83 metre long blades. SHI is one of the world’s growing suppliers of onshore wind farm turbine technology and this is its first European offshore wind project. It has invested £70 million in the Fife wind turbine demonstrator scheme, which has the potential to create up to 500 jobs in Scotland. SHI said that, following a successful testing period, it will work to attract orders for its turbines, allowing it to build a worldclass manufacturing facility at Energy Park Fife.

Invest in Fife has launched a new campaign aimed at attracting more companies in the oil and gas sector to set up and locate in the region. During the last 12 months Fife has secured major investment in excess of £300 million from companies operating in the sector and offers a well-established supply chain, the right infrastructure and location to service the demands of this fast growing energy sector. George Sneddon, Service Manager, Economic Development at Fife Council said: “It is easy to see why Fife offers such an attractive proposition for oil and gas businesses; not only do we offer exceptional facilities, have land ready for development and a highly skilled workforce, the Invest in Fife team is also on hand to help make a move to Fife as easy as possible and can advise on everything from property selection and financial assistance to transportation matters and recruitment.” Oceaneering has endorsed Fife as an ideal location for business. Gary Cochrane, General Manager at Oceaneering said: “Our strategic location in Fife has enabled us to create our purpose built facility and increase our operations. We are well placed for serving clients in the North Sea, the Mediterranean, Western Africa and Southeast Asia. We have access to a large pool of skills which is vital for the continued growth of our business.”

Fife’s oil & gas sector set to reach new heights

Proclad invests in growth Glenrothes based manufacturing company FTV Proclad is celebrating winning a Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) award of £750,000 from Scottish Enterprise. The company is investing in a £6 million programme of upgrading machinery and equipment which it hopes will create new business from the subsea equipment protection sector. Proclad Group Operations Director, Duncan McDougall, said: “This RSA award will safeguard 145 jobs while creating 10 new jobs to take advantage of growth opportunities in the subsea engineering and the emerging offshore renewables markets. We welcome the opportunity of working closely with the council to bring in more apprentices and engage in further training initiatives to carry on the company’s growth worldwide.” FTV Proclad is recruiting a further seven apprentices to add to the 23 currently in training. The apprentices will train in various disciplines from cnc machining to welding and testing.

Invest In Fife prospectus Invest in Fife has published a new investment prospectus, aimed at developers, business investors and property agents. The booklet highlights Fife’s major investment zones and key property development opportunities across a number of business sectors as well as showcasing companies that are successfully growing in the region.

Proclad Group Operations Director, Duncan McDougall and Cllr Lesley Laird

Councillor Lesley Laird, executive member for Business, Enterprise, Economy & Planning, said: “FTV Proclad International is part of a global group with international subsidiaries in Dubai and Singapore. It has shown strength, innovation and commitment by

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winning business in the face of strong competition. We welcome the commitment to building local skills in their world leading capabilities.” For more information on Regional Selective Assistance visit:

Invest in Fife has been showcasing Fife’s growing manufacturing and innovation expertise which is providing vital support to the emerging wave and tidal sector. Over the last four years local companies have been involved in building five out of a total of eleven wave and tidal devices that have been tested at The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, the world’s first and preeminent test centre for wave and tidal energy devices. Flumill, which has its UK base at the Fife Renewables Innovation Centre in Methil, is at the forefront of this emerging sector. The company’s unique, patented design which uses helical screws to generate energy from tidal flows has been successfully deployed at EMEC and offers simpler assembly, easier installation and lower capex cost than competing devices.

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Introducing enterprise to Fife’s future business leaders After a very successful pilot last year, young people from the Levenmouth area are being introduced to future career and business opportunities through a series of enterprise initiatives. The Energy Enterprise Challenge is organised by Bright Green Hydrogen (operators of the Hydrogen Office Project), through Fife Council’s Economic Development Team as part of its Culture of Enterprise Framework. The programme, offers young people an insight into future careers and the possibilities for new business within the renewable energies sector. The team are visiting 19 schools, beginning in Levenmouth, to deliver a one-day session to Primary 7 classes. Pupils will be able to experiment with solar power, wind turbines and hydrogen

fuel technology and will be tasked with designing their own structures for the offshore wind industry. Following the school visits, a team from each school will be selected by their peers, to compete in the Challenge Finals in March 2014, at the Fife Renewables Innovation Centre in Methil. Teams will build prototypes of their designs within a budget and present their business plans to local business leaders from industry. Robin Presswood, Senior Manager, Fife Council Business & Employability, said: “This is a great way to teach young people about business and specifically renewable energy. As they enjoy the tasks and learn about the potential for the energy sector in Fife, they are inspired about business and career possibilities.”

The Energy Enterprise Challenge offers young people an insight into future careers and the possibilities for new business within the renewable energies sector.

Glenrothes High School pupils play The Enterprise Game The Enterprise Game, a board game designed to infuse enterprise in the minds of young people in a fun way, is a great example of how Fife is leading the way in the early engagement of young people in enterprise. As part of Fife Council’s Culture of Enterprise Framework, the game is helping to change attitudes towards business and entrepreneurship, and helps young people understand the wealth of business and career opportunities available to them in future years, by enabling young people to run their own business. Pupils at Glenrothes High School recently played the Game. Pupil, Rebecca Guild, said: “I learned how to work and manage a business by building up money to buy more products or businesses and learned how to work as a team. I now understand the term enterprise and will use it throughout life.” Fife’s Enterprise Apprentices, who support the delivery of the Enterprise Game, have actively engaged in the project by designing a video as part of their own enterprise development. The video, which will be used as marketing tool by Fife Council’s Culture of Enterprise Framework, is available to view online: Pupils from Glenrothes High School play The Enterprise Game


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Fife pupils get a taste of engineering

Fife schools get a lesson in manufacturing Fife Primary school pupils have been getting a taste of manufacturing. The Enterprise Manufacturing Challenge brought together teams of P7 pupils from 22 schools across Fife to compete to manufacture and sell products to local business people. The teams adopted company roles such as designer, quality control manager and finance director in order to fulfill the challenge tasks. Each day, a team of seven pupils was crowned winner of the interschool competition. Congratulations to Burntisland Primary School; St John’s Primary School; Tanshall Primary School, Dairsie Primary School and Strathkinness Primary School. The project, organised by Fife Council’s Economic Development Team through the Culture of Enterprise Framework, was devised working closely with Scottish Enterprise’s Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) and local training company, Tree of Knowledge.

Pamela Stevenson, Lead Officer of Fife Council Economic Development, said: “Manufacturing in Fife is a significant sector employing over 14,000 people. This initiative is important in helping young people find out about the sector, encouraging them to consider manufacturing as a career opportunity as well as giving them an insight into some of the region’s most innovative companies.” The Enterprise Manufacturing Challenge ran for five days. Each day a prominent local business person came along to play the role of buyer and was available to offer expert advice to the enterprising companies. Companies taking part included Optos Plc, CR Smith, FiFab and RG Electricals.

Fife golf tees off at international meet with travel companies With interest in Fife golf now coming from as far afield as Korea and India, the Fife Golf Partnership has been off meeting travel companies at an international exhibition in November. The International Golf Travel Market attracts golf travel buyers and international media from USA, Australia, Scandinavia, Europe and Asia. Liam Barn, Fife Golf Partnership manager said: “Fife is already on the international golf map and interest is growing because of the Open in 2015. The exhibition was a perfect opportunity to establish more international business links for golf courses and all the associated tourism businesses in Fife.”

St John’s Primary School – one of the winning teams

Your Future’s Unlimited, a new initiative to support youth enterprise and employability, by providing access to key information which can help pupils and school leavers discover the right career path and gain the right enterprise skills they require to get into work, was launched in October.

Fife companies including St Andrews Executive Travel, Fairmont St Andrews, Kingsbarns Golf Links, St Andrews Links, Green Hotel Golf and Leisure Resort and Stay in St Andrews exhibited with representatives from the Fife Golf Partnership and the Fife Tourism Partnership. The exhibitors had prearranged appointments with buyers and networking sessions to discuss what the area has to offer to golfers and their travelling companions. The International Golf Travel Market ran from November 11- 14th at the PortAventura Convention Centre in Costa Daurada, Spain. yourfuturesunlimited


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Freedom and Success at Kilgraston SUPPORTIVE, ACADEMICALLY successful and consistently in the top three Scottish Schools at Advanced Higher, Kilgraston is a truly thriving community. Two years ago, Kilgraston in Bridge of Earn, with a balanced mix of day girls and boarders, was UK Independent School of the Year. Judges praised it warmly as “an example to other schools”. From the 45 leafy acres set amongst rolling hills, to the swimming, hockey and tennis academies, Equestrian Centre (the only school in Scotland with on-campus facilities) and now the current £1m investment in a state-of-the-art Science Centre, Kilgraston facilities look and feel world-class. Principal Frank Thompson says: “At Kilgraston, small is beautiful. With small class sizes, we are totally committed to individualised care. We know every one of our 340 girls extremely well. Staff know who needs a little extra help or who needs to be stretched a little further.” Kilgraston is part of the Sacred Heart network of schools and welcomes girls of all faiths. It has four sections: Nursery (ages 2½ to 5), Preparatory (ages 5–13), Senior School (ages 13–16) and Sixth

Form. Boarders love being here, this is clearly evident thanks to a warm and supportive atmosphere - Kilgraston girls are not only taken care of, they learn to take care of themselves and each other. Dr Leonard Sax, a world-renowned expert on the benefits of single sex education, held a seminar at Kilgraston last month and told parents: “Girls at single-sex schools are more likely to study computer science, physics, engineering and technology and participate in competitive sports than are girls in co-educational schools. “That’s because at the co-educational school, the focus is on how you look. But at the single sex school, the focus is more on who you are. The best possible thing you can do to help your daughter is to get her into a girls’ school.” To visit Kilgraston, please call (01738) 812257. Tours of the school are available year-round.

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/ NEW FIFE HR DEPT LAUNCHES Local small and medium-sized businesses now have access to their own ‘HR Dept’. HR professional Les Bawden from Crail has launched the HR Dept Fife to provide businesses with a personal service which delivers the level of professional HR advice and support that large companies enjoy from their in-house human resources teams.

Celebrating Fife’s food & drink sector

/ HOGGS OF FIFE OPTIMISTIC FOR FUTURE GROWTH Hoggs of Fife, the country apparel manufacturer and distributor, has reported a 28 per cent rise in annual profits with turnover up by around 5 per cent to £6.6 million in the year to 31 May 2013. In the annual accounts lodged at Companies House, the directors suggested their optimism for achieving further like-for-like growth.

/ FISHERS TO EXPAND Fife laundry services company Fishers is to expand after receiving significant investment. The company, which was established in Cupar in 1900, is to expand into the north of England and also intends to grow its garments division which provides rental and laundering services of uniform and workwear to a variety of industries.

/ FIFE CREAMERY AND SCOTMID TEAM UP Scotland’s leading supplier of speciality chilled foods, Fife Creamery, has formed a new partnership with Scotmid to bring new, local products to the convenience store’s shelves. The agreement will boost a number of local food producers including DipNation and Mackie’s at Taypack and has resulted in 12 new jobs at Fife Creamery.

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The food and drink sector is a major part of the Fife economy contributing over £189 million (4%) of the region’s total GVA. Fife’s agricultural sector plays a key role. It has over 1500 agricultural holdings catering for cereals, dairy herds, specialist pigs and poultry, cattle and sheep, and general crops of which fruit and vegetables represent a large income source. Kettle Produce, a major supplier of fresh produce to UK supermarkets, produces 100,000 tonnes of fresh root vegetables, greens and salad crops each year. Farm shops are emerging as farmers look to diversify. Muddy Boots and Pillars of Hercules are just two examples of successful farm shops which sell a selection of local products. Fife’s food sector has also seen the emergence of a number of start-up businesses. The Wee Bakery in Newburgh was set-up in 2013 by Barry Batchelor, an experienced baker, and with advice from Business Gateway Fife to secure a £1000 Fife Investment Fund grant to buy a new oven, the business has created one full-time and three part-time jobs. Fife is home to a range of spirit manufacturers. Diageo recently celebrated its 40th year in Leven and the region is watching and waiting as progress is made on a number of new distilleries. It is also home to a new rum company, one of a few in Scotland. Dunfermline-based Rumburra Ltd has created its first rum. Rumburra Òrach, an aged tropical rum, infused with pure

Scottish water, is a contemporary blend. The first 500 bottles have been produced and distributed to a selection of bars and restaurants in Edinburgh and Fife. Alan Burton, Director of Rumburra Ltd, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be launching our first rum and doing so in Fife is important. As rum becomes ever more popular, we are confident about our blend and look to explore other rum recipes as part of our growth strategy.” Fife is blessed with an eclectic mix of exciting food and drink businesses producing and selling some of the finest produce in the world. Cllr Lesley Laird, Executive spokesperson for Business, Enterprise, Economy & Planning said: “The food and drink sector is an important player in the Fife economy. It provides jobs, encourages and supports our tourism businesses and enhances the reputation of Fife as a region that cares about food and the way it is produced and served. We want to encourage and support the sector to ensure Fife remains on the food map.”

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New zero waste regulations affect all businesses On 1 January 2014, Scotland’s business waste regulations are changing. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Fife has spent much of 2013 making businesses aware of the new regulations and discussing these changes with members together with Zero Waste Scotland, the organisation overseeing the transition. So what does it mean for businesses? From January, no matter how large or small the business, it will need to separate paper, card, plastic, metals and glass, for recycling. In addition, food businesses will also need to separate food waste for recycling. The recycling of food waste is a major change and those businesses that produce more than 50kg of food waste each week, must have it collected by an approved food waste carrier. However, if the business is in a rural area, this rule does not apply – to determine whether your business is defined as being in a rural area in the context of these regulations visit: All businesses have a duty of care to ensure that they comply with the regulations. The FSB is urging all businesses to get organised and if you are one of the huge number of business owners who has not heard about these new regulations, it is time to contact your waste contractor. Information is also available from Business Gateway Fife on 01592 858333 or go to p21 for more information on Fife Council’s Low Carbon Advisory Scheme.

Joe Sture, chairman of the Fife branch of the FSB

FSB elects new Fife chairman Fife based management and business consultant Joe Sture has been elected as chairman of the Fife branch of the FSB. Joe took over the post in October from Janet Torley who will continue to serve the Fife FSB as secretary and support the interests of our members.

Tax investigation protection: not just for big firms Many Fife business owners will know only too well that the HMRC is targeting businesses by sector. It can investigate a business at any time, even years after it has closed and on average, a HMRC investigation takes around 16 months. It’s not just big businesses that the HMRC is targeting. In 2011, 33% of the HMRC enquiries handled for FSB members related to business with a turnover of under £150,000 and 71% of these had a declared profit of under £25,000. As a right of membership, FSB members receive tax protection through advice given by Revenue-trained specialists; one of the most important benefits of membership. The FSB’s Legal Protection insurance scheme includes, where necessary, liaising directly with a member’s accountant and if any work is required from them, a fee for this work is agreed and it is covered. To get covered today or find out more visit or email gordon.henderson@ Business waste regulations are changing


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Mines rescue expands into renewables Mines Rescue Service is to expand into the renewables industry in a move to secure its long-term future. Mines Rescue plans to launch a new training facility in Crossgates to deliver specialist courses such as Working at Heights and Rescue from Wind Turbines, to the marine and wind generation sectors. It is working with local provider, Rippen Steel to deliver a wind turbine and training tower at the facility. For over 100 years, Mines Rescue Service has developed its specialist skills, experience and knowledge gained from working in a difficult and potentially dangerous environment,

supporting the rescue and escape of mineworkers from underground. Following the closure of the last deep mine in Scotland (Longannet) in March 2002, Mines Rescue Crossgates lost a major customer and as a result has had to consider other income generating sectors that are a good match for its capabilities. Errol Parrish, operations manager at Mines Rescue Service said: “We are investing in this diversification to secure the future for our employees whilst continuing to provide the escape and rescue provision to the deep mines which remain in the UK.”

Errol Parrish, Operations Manager at Mines Rescue Ltd, Crossgates alongside a cut down wind turbine blade.


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Dalgety Bay’s AV Department Ltd is a leading light in sustainable business. Offering the best technology in the most ecological way possible is its managing director, Mark Kisby’s ethos. Mark said: “As technology becomes ever smaller and lighter, the space and weight in transporting devices to events means travelling by public transport is now a viable option and something we’re keen to promote as it’s not only better for the environment but ultimately cheaper for the client too.” Mark hasn’t travelled by air for four years and much of the equipment utilises rechargeable batteries and it uses LED lighting. The pace of change in technology also means a higher turnover in equipment but the AV Department has a core recycling policy which means that batteries are recycled, old equipment is sold to other companies or recycled within the company for other uses and some is ‘freecycled’ for other good uses. The introduction of an electric van last year combined with the installation of a biomass boiler to provide heating and hot water minimises the environmental impact of the business. While both a major financial undertaking, Mark sees them as steps towards making the AV Department a sustainable, forward-thinking company.

Local businesses enjoyed a visit to Diageo’s world class packaging facilities in Leven

Diageo continues to invest in green practices Twelve local businesses were given the opportunity to take a tour of Diageo’s world class packaging facilities in Leven on 13 November and hear about the company’s investment in sustainability as part of a Green Business Fife best practice visit. Environmental Compliance Manager at Diageo, Tessa Ward, said: “Diageo is committed to the sustainable growth of its business. In 2012 Diageo’s packaging site in Leven achieved a full zero to waste being sent to landfill and recent developments have enabled us to recycle over 8,000 tonnes of waste material per year including glass, polythene, cardboard and plastics. Future proposals also include the development of a community wind farm which will further reduce the company’s carbon footprint.”

Diageo has recently expanded its operations in Leven, opening a new £86 million bottling plant last year and a £5 million luxury products area, which now employs around 1,200 full-time staff at peak periods and packages around 37 million cases of spirits per year, operating on a 24/7 basis. In total 160 Diageo brands are packaged at the 168 acre site which also houses extensive warehousing and blending facilities. Further investment in recent years includes a new spirits disgorging and filling unit. Geoff Robotham of GR Consulting who attended the event said: “It was great to see Diageo’s impressive packaging facilities as well as learn about the company’s journey to becoming a truly sustainable company and how they have adopted year on year improvements.”

Green Business Fife website gets make over The Green Business Fife website has been revamped to become a more dynamic working space for members. The website is a virtual business space that can be accessed by members as well as non-members and provides opportunities for members to showcase their services. There are a number of opportunities available including member listings. The standard option is free of charge and there’s also a premium members’ listing which includes the company logo, click through to the company website, additional company information and named contact information. In addition, there are a range of advertising opportunities including home page and banner advertising, which have a duration of 52 weeks and vary in price. To find out more, please contact Dot Smith, Green Business Fife: dorothy. or visit the website:


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/ FMC BUYS LAND TO SUPPORT FUTURE EXPANSION FMC Technolgies, the multinational technology firm which designs and manufactures heavy duty equipment for the oil and gas sector, has bought the 260,000sq ft former Somerfield distribution centre at Pitreavie, Dunfermline. While the company has no immediate plans for the site it will support its expansion, if required.

/ EXCITING TIMES FOR eCom eCom Scotland has been shortlisted for eLearning Development Company of the year at the E-Learning Awards 2013, marking the start of a period of growth. Together with plans to double the workforce in four years’ time through the support of a £250,000 Scottish Enterprise Regional Selective Assistance Grant, eCom has also secured its first Middle East based client, and in October attended GITEX technology week, a major ICT event as it looks to build its presence in the region.

/ EPS SECURES RSA GRANT EPS Services & Tooling has been awarded a £140,000 grant from Scottish Enterprise. The Regional Selective Assistance was awarded to support EPS’s expansion which includes new premises in Kirkcaldy, new machinery and its plans to double its workforce by six staff.

The Havelock Academy proves a success Havelock Europa has appointed 12 Modern Apprentices and two permanent members of staff as a direct result of the creation of the company’s new initiative, The Havelock Academy earlier this year. The 12 apprentices will specialise in engineering, carpentry, joinery and business administration, and were selected from a group of 23 candidates, each of whom undertook six months paid work experience. The Academy, which was funded by Fife Council’s Fife Youth Job Contract (FYJC), provided Havelock with the opportunity to support 23 youngsters with training, as well as supporting its Modern Apprenticeship programme recruitment process. Elena Kasabova, Trainee HR Business Partner at Havelock Europa, said: “The Academy has been incredibly successful and is an investment in our future in Fife. “With support from the FYJC we have been able to provide 23 youngsters with key skills, which are invaluable to any employer, but it has also given us the opportunity to select the right candidates for our Modern Apprenticeship programme.” In addition, the manufacturer of shop fittings, education furniture and office furnishings, has recruited two members of staff – one to work in the factory and the other to join the planning team. Havelock Europa worked closely with the FYJC to deliver this project to support unemployed 16-24 year olds. As part of the initial recruitment process, Opportunities Fife partners conducted an innovative two day pre-recruitment session.

Bright Idea Scotland A new Scottish Government funded programme has been launched to provide support for individuals and businesses with innovative ideas for new products and services. Bright Idea Scotland builds on the former ICASS services and aims to help an individual or company, including private individuals, sole traders and micro businesses, based in Scotland to move an idea from the initial ‘aha moment’ to a point where other support agencies, for example, Business Gateway Fife, can provide further support. In addition to advice on issues such as copyright, trademarks, patents, design and product development, the service helps businesses to understand and confirm the commercial potential resulting from their ideas through a range of workshops and surgery sessions. A well-developed business proposition is required – be ready to explain what your idea is, what it does and how others can benefit as well as prove there is a market for the new product or service. The programme also offers an idea evaluation service which offers feedback from an expert in commercialisation and product development. For more information visit, or call: 0845 601 3007. Or, if you’re looking for advice on starting up a business, contact Business Gateway Fife: 01592 858333.

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