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Investment Prospectus

Fife means business.


Contents Introduction 3 Top Reasons to Invest In Fife


Investment Zones Map


Fife’s Investment Zones:

Rosyth Waterfront


Dunfermline East




Glenrothes Gateway


Energy Park Fife


Case Studies: Diageo


Quaker Oats


Score Europe


St Andrews


Quality of Life


Transport & Connectivity


Investment and Jobs


Business Support in Fife

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Fife means business Fife offers everything you need to start or grow your business - quality office and industrial spaces; development land; a skilled and varied workforce; excellent digital and transportation connectivity and a great quality of life. This prospectus details Fife’s main business investment zones, all of which are seeing increasing development activity across a range of business sectors. Amazon, Diageo, Quaker Oats, FMC Technologies and Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions are just a few of the global business brands that are flourishing and growing in Fife. Invest in Fife offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ to help you with an extensive range of issues, including finding the right property, liaison with key local authority departments, business promotion, training and recruitment. We aim to make Fife the best place to start and grow a business.

For more information or to begin your process of investing in Fife, contact:

Ross Mackenzie Lead Officer – Investment 03451 55 55 55 ext 492178



Top Reasons to Invest In Fife Location


With Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen all within easy reach, companies located in Fife benefit from ready access to customers, suppliers, collaborators and a globally competitive talent pool.

Fife is within an hour’s drive for one million workers and has a higher percentage of people educated to NVQ4 level or above than anywhere else in the UK.

Fife’s digital and logistical connectivity - via road, sea and air - is also excellent. For an overview of Fife’s logistical benefits and our key Investment Zones, see pages 28-29 Stunning coastlines, easy commutes, good public transport, top-class schools and great value residential properties combine to make Fife an attractive place to settle for employees and business owners alike. For more on Fife’s great quality of life, see pages 26-27

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Existing business clusters mean our indigenous workforce has a strong profile of skills and expertise in areas including offshore oil and gas, marine renewable energy, light and heavy engineering, electronics, tourism and financial and customer services.

Support for Investment Discretionary Regional Selective Assistance grants are available to companies creating jobs in some areas of Fife - the only region within the Edinburgh City Region to benefit from this level of support. The Invest in Fife team is on hand to support you and has a proven track record of helping businesses realise their projects. For more on support available from Invest in Fife, see back page.

Education and Talent Fife is home to the University of St Andrews and a further eight universities lie within an hour’s drive. Businesses in Fife have ready access to graduate talent across all disciplines and ample opportunities for research & development collaboration with Scotland’s top academic institutions. Locally, Fife College delivers over 1000 courses, from introductory programmes to post-graduate studies, and is Scotland’s largest provider of engineering courses.

Co-ordinated Workforce Development Industry and Fife Council work closely together to ensure our workforce can gain and maintain the skills and knowledge our employers need:

Setup and Operating Costs Overheads in Fife are among the most competitive in Scotland and commercial rents, property sale values and business rates are lower than in other, nearby central belt locations. Well-developed supply chains for many types of manufacturing and excellent communications by road, sea and air further help keep logistics’ costs to a minimum.

Green Business Operations Fife’s modern office and industrial units all have excellent energy efficiency profiles, while ongoing investment in renewable energy mean businesses here can benefit from becoming part of Scotland’s growing low-carbon economy.

• The Whitlock Energy Collaboration Centre developed the UK’s first Wind Turbine Technician Modern Apprenticeship. • The Fife Youth Job Contract is investing £5 million in apprentice ships from 2013-16. • Opportunities Fife and engineering employers have established the Fife Engineering Academy and a rolling apprenticeship programme.

Land and Property Fife has land and properties suited to all types of operations, from start-ups to major expansions and relocations. Available properties include fully serviced office and industrial units and development land with outline planning permission for a variety of commercial uses. All of Fife’s Investment Zones benefit from excellent access to road and public transport infrastructure and fibre-optic data networks. For more details, see pages 6-7

Invest in Fife’s Key Business Sectors • Energy including oil & gas and renewables • Tourism and hotel development • Financial & business sectors • Data centres • Food & drink



Fife’s Investment Zones A wide variety of properties and development land are available now across our Investment Zones.

Glenrothes Gateway Fife’s main concentration of specialist engineers and manufacturers. 33.2ha of employment land available.

Dunfermline East 54ha of available employment land (10ha immediately available) with direct access to M90.

Glenrothes Gateway Kirkcaldy Dunfermline East Investment Prospectus 6

Rosyth Waterfront 30 ha of development land with nearby or direct deepwater quayside access.

Rosyth Waterfront Edinburgh Airport

Brechin Montrose


A90 to Aberdeen A92

A92 Arbroath


St Andrews

Energy Park Fife

Energy Park Fife 66 ha of coastal land with deepwater access and 16.5ha inland - ideal for the renewable energy sector and supply chain companies.

Kirkcaldy Ready to lease or buy high-quality office space, industrial units and development land available across three business parks.


Fife Investment Zone


Rosyth Waterfront Investment Zone


Rosyth International Container Terminal Consent has been given for Babcock to develop an international container terminal at the Port of Rosyth.


Scotland’s gateway to Europe is a centre of excellence for engineering and offers considerable port and employment related opportunities. Rosyth Waterfront zone is located on the shore of the Firth of Forth, 15 miles north west of Edinburgh. The zone extends to approximately 253 ha with Babcock, Forth Ports, Scarborough Muir Group and Scottish Enterprise being major land owners. There is considerable activity taking place in Rosyth, which is largely driven by its port location and the engineering and renewable energy sectors. It is also home to the Whitlock Energy and Collaboration Centre, part of Fife College.

Occupiers • Babcock • Forth Ports • Lloyds Banking Group • Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions • Scott Timber • Trak Microwave • Qinetiq Ltd • Fife College • Hydrasun • Parson Peebles

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Forth Energy Biomass

The application is with the Scottish Government awaiting Section 36 consent and could export up to 100 MW of renewable electricity to the local electricity network and also up to 30 MW of renewable heat to local users.

Queensferry Crossing

Work is now well underway on the foundations of the new Forth crossing which will be complete in 2016.

10 Meridian Salmon

Meridian Salmon is currently fitting out the former Lexmark Building to a secondary fish processing factory, which will be operational in 2014.

Fife Investment Prospectus

Available Office Property

Energy Park Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry


Development Activity


Arrol House, Rosyth Europarc


Caledonia House, Rosyth Europarc


Forsyth House, Rosyth Europarc


1968 sq.m grade A open plan office available. Contact: Lewis Pantland, James Barr, 0131 221 0956 968 sq.m office space available. Contact: Jamie Ferguson, DTZ, 0131 222 4633 Suites ranging from 46 - 1858 sq.m available. Contact: Lewis Pantland, James Barr, 0131 221 0956

Aquarius Court, Rosyth Europarc

Suites ranging from to 46-1858 sq.m available. Contact: Peter I’Anson, Ryden, 0131 225 6612

Energy Park Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry

Case Study

Available Industrial Property 8

Admiralty Park

Various design and build opportunities at Admiralty Park. Cameron Harris has consent for industrial units ranging from 93 sq.m to 1,848 sq.m Contact: Ewan Cameron, Cameron Harris, 01383 621890







Oceaneering Umbilical Solutions’ advanced technical engineering and manufacturing capabilities at its UK base in Fife has reinforced its reputation as a global supplier of deepwater applications to the offshore oil and gas industry.

Why Rosyth?


• 4,180 square metres of industrial property is being marketed within the Rosyth area. • Properties with direct quayside access are available. • Interchange access to the A90 and the Forth Road Bridge. • Easy vessel access to the North Sea and international shipping lanes.


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9 13.6 ha

Development Land 7

Rosyth Euorparc


Admiralty Park, Admiralty Road


Rosyth Waterfront

Considerable land available and a range of flexible, design and build options for both office and industrial use. Contact: Neil Mcallister, Ryden, 0131 225 6612 Various plots available ranging from 1 ha to 3 ha. Contact: Bryce Stewart, Colliers, 0131 240 7514 30 ha site available for employment, port and renewable related uses. Contact: William McAlister, Scarborough Group, 07958 079 853

• The Port of Rosyth is the terminal for Scotland’s only scheduled roll-on roll-off freight ferry service to mainland Europe (Zeebrugge). • Close proximity to East Coast Main Line and Edinburgh Airport. • Central belt position offers access to a wide skill base and graduate talent pool. • Synergies with neighbouring businesses - there are over 150 engineering companies in Fife.

“ Oceaneering’s strategic operational base at the Port of Rosyth, custom designed to manufacture a unique range of deep water umbilicals, is at the heart of Scotland’s growing energy sector and provides easy vessel access to a global marketplace, as well as being easy to reach by rail or road.” Gary Cochrane, General Manager, Oceaneering


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Dunfermline East Investment Zone

M90 north to Aberdeen

Halbeath Interchange

Halbeath Interchange

A92 to Kirkaldy, Glenrothes & Energy Park Fife

26 ha

Highly accessible and highly visible, Dunfermline East Investment Zone is a perfect logistics location within easy reach of Edinburgh. Home to Amazon’s Scottish fulfilment centre, the Zone has 54 hectares of employment land with direct access to the M90 motorway. To the northeast, Calais Muir, Axis Point and Halbeath Interchange sites offer large-scale development opportunities. To the south, Carnegie Campus and Masterton Park offer grade A office accommodation and are already home to BskyB and Scottish Water.



Axis Point

5.2 ha

Available Office Property 1

1 Masterton Park, Castle Drive, Dunfermline


3 & 4 George Square

Grade A office accommodation planned over three floors. Contact: Andrew Reilly, Andrew Reilly Associates, 0131 229 9885 Office pavilion comprising 220-465 sq.m of prime office space. Contact: Ewan Cameron, Cameron Harris, 01383 621890

Development Land Occupiers • Amazon • Dunfermline Building Society • Scottish Water • BSkyB • Taylor Wimpey • Vets Now • Young & Partners

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Energy Park Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry


Calais Muir North & South


Halbeath Interchange


Axis Point


Masterton Business Park

SE/FC Joint venture to promote 5 & 17 ha sites adjacent to Amazon. Contact: David Fraser, Ryden, 0131 225 6612 Mixed-use development site which comprises 26 ha of land for Use Classes 4,5 & 6. Contact: Bryce Stewart, Colliers, 0131 240 7514 5 ha, fully serviced, site with main road frontage at Junction 3 of the M90. The development is capable of accommodating up to 23226 sq.m of commercial development with consent for Classes 4, 5 & 6. Contact: Kirsty Palmer, Jones Lang LaSalle, 0131 243 2222 8 ha Class 4 Development Site. Bryce Stewart, Colliers, 0131 240 7514

Energy Park Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry


Case Study

Calais Muir North

4.8 ha

Maintaining the supply of land for employment

Calais Muir South

17 ha

Scottish Enterprise and Fife Council entered into a joint venture to develop serviced employment land at two sites in Dunfermline – Dover Heights and Calais Muir.

M90 south to Edinburgh


Maintaining an immediately available supply of employment land plays a vital role in supporting business and investment growth and in assisting the development of Fife’s economy. Fife Council is committed to re-investing all capital raised from the sale of land back into new infrastructure projects and the servicing of employment land. Amazon’s decision to develop a 1,000,000 sq.ft. distribution centre at Dunfermline East - one of the largest Scottish inward investment projects of recent years - is a direct result of this joint venture.

Dunfermline Masterton

Carnegie Campus

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George Square


“ The company’s announcement of new investment in Scotland is a strong reflection on the success of its current operations and the skills of the local workforce. These new jobs are a welcome boost to the economy and a demonstration of Amazon’s commitment to doing business in Scotland.” Alex Salmond, First Minister.

Rosyth Train Station


Fife Investment Zone


Kirkcaldy Investment Zone Kirkcaldy is at the heart of the Fife economy and is the largest town in the region. A variety of properties and development opportunities are available, from high-specification office spaces to industrial units. John Smith Business Park (JSBP) One of Fife’s premier office locations, JSBP offers development land for Class 4 business requirements, a hotel opportunity and the ready-to-lease or buy JSBP 3 office complex.

Development Activity 1

Kirkcaldy Enterprise Centre


Kirkcaldy East SLA

This four unit extension to the original enterprise centre was completed in December 2011. This development comprised four small units. Three of the units are now let. Outline consent granted for up to 1100 homes, supermarket, retail units, care homes, parks, play areas and community facilities.

Development Opportunities Office 3

JSPB3, John Smith Business Park, Kirkcaldy 2,183 sq.m of Grade A office space available. Contact: Ronnie Hair, Fife Council, 07713 088 425

Industrial 4

Mitchelston Strategic Investment Site

31 ha of development land available. Contact: Stewart McPhail, Muir Group, 01383 416191

Mitchelston Industrial Estate The principal industrial area of Kirkcaldy, this estate has a range of industrial units to suit companies from small start-ups to major organisations. Dunnikier Business Park Located at the northern edge of Mitchelston, this business park offers 4.45 ha of serviced land suitable for light industrial, office, small-scale distribution or ancillary uses.


• PayWizard • Evans Easy Space, Mitchelston Industrial Estate • Evans Easy Space, John Smith Business Park • Smith Anderson • QAS Corpack • Havelock Europa • Fife Creamery

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15.78 ha

Energy Park Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry

A92 North to A90 & West to M90

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Case Study Mitchelston Industrial Estate

1 Dunnikeir Business Park


Available Land 5

John Smith Business Park


Wheatfield Road, Kirkcaldy

7.83 ha of serviced land immediately available. Ronnie Hair, Fife Council, 07713 088 425 The site comprises a 2.5 ha site with development opportunity. The site is in an area currently allocated/ zoned for industrial and employment uses. Lesley Brown, Fife Council, 07850 207507

Fife Central Retail Park

Payment and subscription management specialist PayWizard has acquired more than six million subscribers and processed more than £1.2 billion payments for some of the biggest names in the global media and entertainment sector, including: Sony, ITV, NBC Universal, BT Vision and Virgin Media.

Why Kirkcaldy?

• Only 39 minutes from Edinburgh by train but without city centre congestion. •

Easy access for clients and employees travelling across Scotland’s central belt by train or road.

Immediate availability of ready-made office spaces designed to the highest standards.

“ Positioned in the heart of Scotland’s central belt, Fife is an ideal location for PayWizard’s headquarters. Within close proximity to both Edinburgh Airport and Scotland’s main transport network, the region gives us access to a large pool of skilled, flexible workers and offers them a superb quality of life” Jonathan Guthrie, Chief Executive, PayWizard

3 John Smith Business Park




Fife Investment Zone


Glenrothes Gateway Investment Zone Home to Fife’s main concentration of specialist manufacturing and engineering companies, several organisations have their global HQs in Glenrothes. Road communications are excellent, with the A92 providing access to the M90 and onwards, while approaches to Glenrothes offer well-established business areas and substantial development opportunities. A total of 33.2 hectares of allocated employment land is available within the Glenrothes Investment Zone.

Development Activity 1

Erection of agricultural machinery storage and distribution centre, showroom, workshop and erection of gatehouse with staff welfare facility, take-up of 2.35 ha.

Craig Mitchell House, Queensway Industrial Estate Development of former Scottish Water building into general industrial units.

Available Office Opportunities 2

Buko Tower, Southfield Industrial Estate

The property comprises a block arranged over five floors. A range of refurbished suites of up to 713 sq.m of space is available. Contact: Neil Mcallister, Ryden, 0131 225 6612

Available Industrial Properties 3

Various Units, Buko Business Centre, Southfield Industrial Estate

123 sq.m – 3,140 sq.m Contact: Andrew Reilly, Andrew Reilly Associates, 0131 229 9885

Unit 6 Craig Mitchell House, Queensway Industrial Estate

1,535 sq.m available at £32 per sq.m Contact: Kirsty Palmer, Jones Lang LaSalle, 0131 243 2222


Eastfield Industrial Estate. Industrial / Trade units to let

Units from 1,036 to 11,952 sq.m Contact: David Fraser, Ryden, 0131 225 6612 Energy Park Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry

Land Opportunities

Energy Park Rosyth/ Zeebrugge

Freight Ferry Crompton Road East, Southfield Industrial Estate

7 ha major development opportunity for single user. Suitable for Class 4 (Office), Class 5 (General Industrial) or Class 6 (Storage & Distribution) uses with good accessibility to national road network. Contact: Lesley Brown, Fife Council, 07850 207507

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Energy Park Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry


The 65 MW Biomass plant will become fully operational in November 2013, following commissioning in spring.

Southfield Industrial Estate, Wheatstone Place

Queensway Industrial Estate Situated adjacent to the town centre, Queensway offers Class 4 development opportunities and has been identified as an ideal location for data centre development.

• Tullis Russell Papermakers • RWE npower renewables • NOV Flexible • FiFab • Bosch Rexroth • Brand Rex • Raytheon Ltd • FTV Proclad • Score Europe • Venture Oilfield Services • East Coast Precision • Surface Heat Solution • Velux • HCS Control Systems

RWE Biomass at Tullis Russell


Faraday Road, Southfield Industrial Estate


Westwood Park

Development site extending to 1.52 ha suitable for industrial and storage and distribution uses. Contact: Lesley Brown, Fife Council Residential, employment and retail opportunities. Contact: David Fraser, Ryden, 0131 225 6612

Energy Park

Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry

Original RWE Biomass


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Buko Business Centre

Faraday Road


1.5 ha

Faraday Road Buko Business Centre

123 to 3,140 sq.m


Buko Tower

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RWE npower renewables’ combined heat and power (CHP) plant is the biggest of its kind in the UK. Once fully operational, it will deliver up to 120 metric tonnes of industrial steam per hour and up to 65 MW of electricity. The company recognised a strategic opportunity with Tullis Russell to provide steam and electricity for their Markinch paper mill from a renewable energy source, with a large surplus of power available for export to the National Grid. Another factor was the presence of companies within Fife that could supply the right mix of skilled personnel, equipment and expertise needed to service the new plant.

Why Fife?

Westwood Park

RWE npower renewables recognised a strategic opportunity with papermaker Tullis Russell that compliments its own commitment to generating more electricity from clean, inexhaustible energy sources. The plant will also provide a major contribution to Scotland’s renewable energy targets.



Bankhead roundabout


There was also a good fit between RWE npower renewables and local Fife companies that provided an ideal mix of skilled people, equipment and expertise to service the CHP plant.

10.2 ha site

“ Fife Council has been very involved and supportive right from the beginning of the project, helping to manage the whole process and assisting with everything from transportation matters and development land requirements to organising public consultations with local stakeholders and identifying local business partners.”


Flemington Road Queensway Industrial Estate

Ian Calvert, Head of Biomass UK at RWE npower A911 Queensway



Fife Investment Zone


Energy Park Investment Zone Energy Park Fife is a world leading facility within the burgeoning renewable energy sector. It’s location on the east coast of Scotland gives tenants easy access to the offshore energy market in the North Sea as well as global regions.s. The Energy Park is capable of supporting the largest renewables projects and encompasses a 55 ha engineering site, Methil Docks, Methil Docks Business Park and Low Carbon Investment Park. It is ideally suited for a range of marine energy activities in particular manufacturing, research & development and operations and maintenance to take advantage of the Scottish Government’s commitment to the sector.

Engineering The 55 ha engineering site has been developed under a joint venture between Scottish Enterprise and Fife Council and is currently home to leading players in the energy sector, Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) and Samsung Heavy Industries. Methil Docks Methil Docks operated by Forth Ports has excellent access to Scotland’s offshore oil and gas fields and the major offshore wind sites. The Port of Methil has two docks able to take vessels up to 3,000 dwt.

Engineering Zone




Energy Park • Burntisland Fabrications Ltd • Samsung Heavy Industries Rosyth/ Zeebrugge • Energy Project Management Freight Ferry • Reach Engineering & Diving Services • Hydrosphere • Narvida • Fife College

Hydrogen Office


Quayside HouseEnergy Park

The Hydrogen Office

The Hydrogen Office demonstrates the role that energy efficiency, renewables and hydrogen can play in reducing the future impact of climate change. Contact: Scott Harper, Alsherra Investments Ltd, 01333 422205

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Fife Renewables Innovation Centre Various units available. Contact: Barbara Whiting, Fife Council, 07908 253 042


Thompson House

Various units available. Contact: Scott Harper, Alsherra Investments Ltd, 01333 422205

Various units available. Contact: Scott Harper, Alsherra Investments Ltd, 01333 422205 Various units available. Rosyth/ Contact: Scott Harper, Alsherra Zeebrugge Ferry Investments Ltd, 01333 Freight 422205

Industrial 4

Methil Docks Business Park Various units available. Contact: Scott Harper, Alsherra Investments Ltd, 01333 422205

Land 6

Low Carbon Investment Park


Energy Park


Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry


The world’s largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine is now constructed.



Samsung Heavy Industries 7mw Demonstrator Turbine


Energy Park


Samsung Demonstrator Turbine

Development Activity Occupiers

Methil Docks Business Park Already home to landmark developments including Fife Renewables Innovation Centre and The Hydrogen Office, Methil Docks Business Park offers a number of opportunities from office space and development land to the potential redevelopment of Methil Number 3 Dock.

Contact: Ross Mackenzie, Fife Council , 07904 662 242

Potential sites available of up to 16 ha. Contact: Ross Mackenzie, Energy Park Fife Council, 07904 662 242 Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry

Low Carbon Investment Park Proposed 16.5 ha situated inland for businesses that would benefit from being located less than one mile from the Energy Park but don’t require direct quayside access.

Fife Renewables Innovation Centre This £3m low carbon construction development offers high quality work and innovation space in a low carbon facility. The building, extending to approximately 1,400 sq.m over two floors, is designed to enable technology and knowledge transfer, with a combination of individual incubation units and shared research facilities.


Case Study

PLOT A 2.41 ha (5.96 acres) AD RO



16.5 ha

PLOT G 1.16 ha (2.87 acres)

PLOT B 2.19 ha (5.41 acres)

PLOT D 1.38 ha (3.41 acres)


Low Carbon Investment Park

PLOT D 1.33 ha (3.28 acres)



PLOT D 1.38 ha (3.44 acres)

PLOT C 1.07 ha (2.63 acres)


Burntisland Fabrications Ltd (BiFab), a company with proven expertise in delivering major fabrication works for the oil and gas industry, has successfully diversified into renewables and become a market leader in the manufacture of jacket substructures for the offshore wind industry.

Why Energy Park Fife?

• A well-established hub for companies working in the energy sector. • Land and facilities available suited to large-scale fabrication. Methil Docks Business Park

Dock Zone

• Quayside land with direct access to the North Sea and international shipping lanes. • Highly skilled local workforce. • Excellent local supply chain for engineering.

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Innovation Zone

Methil Docks Business Park

“ Both Scottish Enterprise and the Invest in Fife team at Fife Council have been very supportive, working closely with us to help put a strong infrastructure in place. This combined with the strong skill base and supply chain capabilities here in Fife is helping us to serve and maximise opportunities in the energy sector.” John Robertson, Managing Director, BiFab

The Hydrogen Office

Fife Renewables Innovation Centre


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Diageo Over the past six years, Diageo has invested £430 million in distilling, packaging and warehousing in Fife. Diageo, one of the world’s leading premium drinks businesses, is responsible for producing nearly 50 million cases of leading brands of Scotch whisky, white spirits and over six million cases of ready-to-drink brands every year. Trading in 180 markets around the world, Diageo’s portfolio of brands include: Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Tanqueray gin and Guinness. In recent years, the drinks giant has invested over £100 million at its Cameronbridge Distillery in Fife, and now produces 480 million bottles of Scotch whisky and white spirits annually. Committed to sustainability, the company, in partnership with Dalkia, is constructing a state-of-the-art bio energy facility which will generate 80 per cent of the distillery’s electricity and 98 per cent of its steam. This investment has created the biggest distillery in Scotland.

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The company has also invested £86 million at its Leven packaging facility opening a new bottling hall. The site employs around 1,100 people and produces 24 million cases of Scotch whisky and white spirits each year. Attached to the bottling hall is a £5.2 million luxury packaging area for Diageo’s widening range of Scotch whiskies. Announced in 2012, Diageo’s latest investment at Cluny Warehouses, Kirkcaldy, complements increased production at its Cameronbridge Distillery and will see more than 276,000 sq.m of bonded warehouses built over the next seven years for the maturation of Scotch whisky.

Project Details: Cluny Warehousing, Kirkcaldy

£200 million investment

Biggest bonded warehouse in Europe The range of facilities includes:

• 46 maturation warehouses - each holds 60,000 casks

• cask filling and blending facilities

• associated infrastructure and tanks

• formation of car and lorry parks

• access roadway

• 50 permanent jobs will be created on site, taking the total employed by Diageo in Fife to over 1,300.

Why Fife? •

Land available for development; a large site with over 222 ha of land was required for the project and no other site of this size was suitable in central Scotland.

The site offers close proximity to its Cameron Bridge Distillery, nine miles and its Leven packaging hall, ten miles.

• Close proximity to A92 – with good motorway access. • Quality and commitment of local workforce.

How the Invest in Fife Team helped •

Given the importance of Diageo as a major employer and investor, Fife Council allocated a senior officer as relationship manager for the company.

From the outset of the project, regular meetings were established with the company to resolve any issues gaining regulatory approvals. These meetings allowed issues to be identified at an early stage and a timetable for processing statutory approvals was put in place.

As part of the planning process, Invest in Fife organised stakeholder briefings and also liaised with relevant regulatory bodies including, SEPA, SNH and HSE.

Diageo has confirmed that this process has given the company considerable confidence in its ability to deliver the investment project on time and within budget, and has helped them secure funding commitment from the company’s board for project delivery. “ The Invest in Fife team at Fife Council has developed a strong relationship with Diageo, taking the time to understand its business needs and helping the organisation achieve its long term goals by adopting the right approach and working quickly with colleagues across the local authority to deliver projects on time.”

The future Diageo continues to flourish in this vibrant, growing sector and is set to invest £1 billion over the next five years increasing Scotch whisky production in Scotland.

Richard Bedford, Operations Director-East, Diageo


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Quaker Oats First produced in the USA in 1887, Quaker Oats became the very first registered trade mark for a breakfast cereal and has always been a popular choice with porridge fans. In 2001 the company became a part of PepsiCo, the world’s second largest soft drink maker. Today Quaker sits alongside other leading household brands including Walkers, Pepsi and Tropicana.

Site in Cupar, Fife From its base in Fife, Quaker supplies porridge to the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Quaker has been milling oats at this site since 1947 and supplies over 600 million servings of Quaker porridge to UK consumers every year. Originally, there were only 30 workers at the facility and oat production was predominately in winter. Today there are 250 workers and the oat mill runs 24 hours a day, 360 days a year. This is due to an increase in the hot cereal market, which has grown by 30% over the past two years. The UK porridge market is now worth £157 million.

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Recent Announcements Over the last ten years, Quaker has continually invested in its site in Cupar, spending £50 million to protect its heritage and grow the Quaker Oats business. In order to meet the surge in consumer demand for porridge, Quaker invested £14.4 million in 2012 to increase the capacity of its Quaker Oats site at Cupar, doubling its manufacturing space. The expansion created 30 additional jobs.

Why Fife?

• The Oat Mill at Cupar is a centre of excellence for milling and producing hot oat products. •

Quaker is keen to protect its heritage at the site in Cupar and continued market growth within the hot cereal sector has led to its expansion.

• The expertise, hard work and long standing commitment from the local workforce in Fife.

How the Invest in Fife team helped? The Invest in Fife team has provided one point of contact for Quaker Oats; bringing together officers from across Fife Council including planning and transportation to support the company, not only with current plans but also with future development.

Proposed Biomass plan

The future Quaker will continue to focus heavily on sustainability and has plans to develop a biomass plant at its site in Cupar, which will burn unused husks from the oats to create steam and electricity to run the site.

“ The Invest in Fife team has provided an invaluable service; acting as a single point of contact across several departments in Fife Council and helping to drive forward our business plans for expansion and sustainability.” Mark Allen, General Manager, Quaker Oats


Fife Case study


Score Europe SCORE (Europe), a subsidiary of Score Group plc Limited, is renowned as a world leader in the supply, service and repair of valves, gas turbines and related components for the oil, gas and energy markets. Founded in 1982, the company, which is headquartered in Peterhead, employs over 1400 people in 32 locations worldwide. Score Europe’s impressive customer list includes the majority of the world’s leading oil and gas operators. As a company, Score is also committed to the growth and development of its employees and offers a range of highly acclaimed modern apprenticeships in engineering, with the opportunity to specialise.

Score Europe and Fife

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Score Europe’s operations in Fife commenced in 1984 when the company opened a specialist valve research and testing facility in Cowdenbeath. In March 2013 Score announced the creation of a £1.5 million logistical hub in Glenrothes, which will create 30 jobs over the next three years, with a strong emphasis on apprentice and career development opportunities. The 4000m2 hub will store, test and distribute valves to customers worldwide and complements facilities at the company’s headquarters in Peterhead, where one of the world’s largest stocks of valves is kept. The new base will also reduce the number of miles travelled by each valve and this will in turn improve the company’s efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint.

Why Fife? •

The loyalty and the skills of the company’s existing Fife workforce was a major factor in the company’s decision to expand into Glenrothes.

• Fife is an ideal logistical hub mid-way between Aberdeen and Scotland’s central belt. • With over 150 companies in the sector, Fife hosts one of Scotland’s largest engineering clusters. •

Fife College is developing courses to meet the growing demand for workers with skills suitable for the oil & gas industry.

How the Invest in Fife Team helped •

The Invest in Fife team was able to identify a suitable location and advise on its future development potential. The team also facilitated discussion on rates and site development.

Fife Council’s Employability and Skills team also actively support Score’s apprenticeship and recruitment programme to secure eight apprentices a year, across its two facilities in Cowdenbeath and Glenrothes.

The Future As the facility in Glenrothes develops, it will also have an active graduate engineer recruitment programme for Cowdenbeath. The company will continue to prioritise training and individual development and continually seek to create a more efficient operation.

“ We received an excellent reception and support from Fife Council and along with the funding from Scottish Enterprise we were able to purchase the plant in March, and all this took only three months, making it a smooth and quick process. By the end of May our first job was processed in the new facility” Richard Sadler, Managing Director Score (Europe) Limited.


Fife St Andrews

St Andrews

The historic picturesque coastal town of St Andrews continues to grow in importance as an international destination for further education, leisure and business tourism, complementing growth in Fife’s Investment Zones. Recent investments in tourism and leisure developments in St Andrews are well in excess of £40 million and the town attracts twice the Scottish average of international visitors. Situated on the east coast of Fife, St Andrews is known worldwide as the official home of golf and has more than 500 years of golfing history. There are now 10 golf courses in and around the town, including several championship courses. The Old Course is a frequent venue for The Open Championship. St Andrews is also home to one of the world’s greatest universities. Founded in 1413, it’s the third oldest in the English-speaking world (preceded only by Oxford and Cambridge)

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Energy Park Rosyth/ Zeebrugge Freight Ferry

and enjoys an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research. St Andrews remains one of Scotland’s most popular places to live in Scotland. The development strategy is to expand the town over the next 20 years to realise the potential of tourism and the University as economic drivers for Fife. The eastern expansion will see the addition of 1000 new houses and a 10 ha science and employment park over the next decades.

“St Andrews delivers an outstanding experience for golf, leisure and business visitors. Tourism products in St Andrews attract international recognition and businesses investing in the destination can be assured of a strong, dynamic platform from which to develop their brand.� Eric Brown, Chair, St Andrews Partnership Ltd


Fife Lifestyle

Quality of Life

Not only is Fife a top business destination, the quality of life here is second to none.

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With mile after mile of stunning coastlines, beautiful countryside, award winning beaches, and Edinburgh and Dundee never more than a short drive away, Fife has long been a highly attractive place to settle. Properties in Fife span all the options, whether you seek the seclusion of a country village, the lively familiarity of a traditional market town or the buzz of a large modern townscape. The region enjoys keen house-prices and a competitive cost of living, as well as high performing educational establishments, from pre-school to university.

Fife is famous as one of the most sought after golfing destinations in the world and with over 50 golf courses including The Open Championship qualifying courses and the Old Course itself, you’ll never be short of somewhere to tee off. The East Neuk of Fife is home to some of the most picturesque towns and villages in Scotland and is well known for its seafood, white sand beaches and community of artists. Fife also boasts Scotland’s longest continuous coastal path, stretching 117 miles from Kincardine on the Firth of Forth to Newburgh on the Tay Estuary.

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Quality, affordable Family Housing



Fife Transport & Connectivity

Transport & Connectivity One of the best connected destinations in Scotland.

It has easy access to Scotland’s main centres of population and to international transportation for personnel and freight. Wide availability of fibre optic data connections further enhances Fife’s communications advantages.

Roads • South via M90 to Edinburgh and A1 to Newcastle • North via M90 to Dundee and Aberdeen • West via M8 to Glasgow and onwards, via M77 to the Irish ferry port at Stranraer • South to England, the M6, M5 and M1 • Central Fife is served by the A92

Airports Edinburgh International Airport is only 30 minutes away by road. More than 40 airlines operate 311 flights a day from Edinburgh, including 46 to London.


• Dundee Regional - 30 minutes by road


• Glasgow International - 1 hour by road


Digital Superfast, high resilience fibre optic connectivity available on all business sites with a green data centre planned.




An extensive public transport network serves all population centres.

Queensferry Crossing


Due for completion in 2016, the new bridge across the Forth Estuary will increase capacity and reduce travel times between Fife and the south for commuters and business traffic alike.

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Rail Fife has 19 railway stations with direct connections to Edinburgh and Glasgow and a freight railhead at Thornton. East and West Coast Mainline connections offer frequent freight and passenger services UK-wide and access to central London in just 4h 22m. Aberdeen

Ports • Rosyth deep-water Port with scheduled roll-on roll-off freight sailings to Zeebrugge • Burntisland deep-water Port • Across the Firth of Forth, Leith is the largest enclosed deep-water port in Scotland

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Fife Investment and Jobs

Companies we have worked with Since 2008 Invest in Fife has attracted £655 million in investment creating 2932 jobs.

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Invest in Fife has a proven track record of helping investors make their projects happen as well as helping Fife-based companies with their local expansion plans. We can help you with:

property selection and land for development

detailed local information such as demographics, local workforce, public transportation

familiarisation trips

advice on financial assistance

a nominated case officer and assistance with major business category planning applications

recruitment, selection and training support through Fife Council’s Opportunities Fife Partnership and Employability Team

providing contacts within external organisations

local stakeholder engagement

companies looking to invest in Fife can benefit from our dedicated relationship management programme.


Please contact one of the team at or telephone 01592 583639.

Contact Information 01592 583639 Invest in Fife Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue

Invest in Fife is an initiative supported by Fife Council and works in partnership with Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise.

November 2013

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