Trade Development and Public Sector Procurement

Showcasing what you have to offer and increasing business opportunities is key to developing and growing your business within, and outwith Fife. Review the Programmes below to see how they can help your business access new markets.

Trade Development Programme

The Trade Development Programme has been developed by the Economic Development Team here in Fife Council to help businesses participate or visit exhibitions in a wide range of industry sectors.

With funding opportunities of up to 100% of eligible costs (up to a maximum of £2,000) available for businesses who meet the criteria.

What is the benefit of participating in a group stand?

Through the Trade Development Programme, we organise group stands at major national and international events. Together with other Fife Companies you will receive a range of support services from advice and information to customised training. Benefits of participating in exhibitions together include;

Does the Trade Development Programme include international exhibitions?

Yes, if you are looking to expand your company internationally, exhibitions could be the perfect opportunity to secure your next big contract. Along with other agencies and partners we will work closely with you to provide advice and support that will help you succeed in the global marketplace. If you have an exhibition or a tradeshow you are keen to explore or require further information on what support is available to you contact fifemeansbusiness@fife.gov.uk.

Help to Increase Your Sales and Exports

Trading outwith Scotland and overseas can open up a mass of opportunities.

Whatever stage you are at in your business journey, whether you are considering expanding into new geographical areas or already exporting and simply wish to improve your current processes, we can help.

The Fife Trade Partnership, co-ordinated by Business Gateway Fife, can signpost you to all the support that's available. Download the Partnership's Your Guide to Accessing New Markets produced by Fife Council's Economic Development Team.

For information about 1-2-1 support, contact success@bg.fife.co.uk or call 01592 858333 or visit www.businessgatewayfife.com

Check out the programme of events and activities being organised this year by the Tay Cities International Partnership, events designed to help you access new markets and grow your business.

Supplier Development Programme

The Supplier Development Programme offers free expert training, support and information to help you win work and grow your business.

All events are currently being delivered online and can be viewed here.

As a registered partner with the Supplier Development Programme it means we can help guide Fife businesses through the minefield of public sector procurement and assist them to prepare better bids and tenders.

Fife Council’s Supplier Development Programme provides support to Fife businesses in 3 main ways:

For further information you can visit the Fife Supplier Development Programme page.

Key Links

Success stories

ACCESSING NEW MARKETS SUPPORT AVAILABLE

Fife Council Economic Development has released a revised guide for businesses seeking to access new markets.

FALKLAND FOOD MARKET PUMPS CASH BACK INTO LOCAL ECONOMY

Fife’s popular click and collect farmer’s market, Falkland NeighbourFood, has injected nearly £12,000 into the local economy since launching last June at the Centre of Stewardship, Falkland Estate.

FIVE FIFE BUSINESSES SIGN UP FOR OFFSHORE EUROPE IN SEPTEMBER

Five Fife-based businesses have signed up to exhibit at InvestFife’s exhibition stand at this year’s Offshore Europe, as businesses start to plan for post-COVID.

VIRTUAL FOOD FAIR BRINGS OPTIMISM TO FIFE BUSINESSES

Several Fife-based businesses, which signed up to participate in Scotland’s Speciality Food Show, hosted virtually over the course of 2021, have reported favourable enquiries, with one business confirming a new supply contract, bringing a feeling of optimism to Fife’s food and drink sector.

FIFE TO HEAD TO OFFSHORE EUROPE EXHIBITION IN SEPTEMBER 2021

Fife is heading to SPE Offshore Europe in Aberdeen later this year and is seeking a strong representation of local companies to exhibit.

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR FIFE’S FOOD AND DRINK BUSINESSES TO SHOWCASE PRODUCTS VIRTUALLY FOR ONE YEAR

Fife Council Economic Development has funding available through its Trade Development Programme for Fife-based food and drink businesses to promote their goods and services to buyers over the course of 2021.

MEET THE BUYER GOES VIRTUAL

Under the banner of InvestFife, Fife Council’s Economic Development Team hosted a virtual Meet the Buyer event on Thursday 5th November, as part of Fife Business Week 2020.

LOCAL BUSINESSES FLY FIFE FLAG AT UK FOOD & DRINK EVENT

Six local businesses flew the flag for Fife’s food and drink sector during a four-day virtual food and drink event, under the auspice of InvestFife, Fife Council’s external branding for Economic Development services.

Top names from Tayside and Fife to appear at major Scottish food festival

Angus, Dundee City, Fife, and Perth and Kinross councils have teamed up to sponsor the Taste of Tayside and Fife tent.

SDP Success Stories: Keela Supplies COVID-19 PPE to NHS Scotland

Keela has gone from strength to strength in winning publicsector work with support from Supplier Development Programme Scotland

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