Since the publication of the Plan 4 Fife, Fife’s overarching Community Plan, a key objective has been accelerating the economic regeneration of Mid-Fife. This has been progressed economically by identifying place-based inclusive growth projects and by adopting a co-ordinated multi-agency response through the preparation and refresh of a Mid-Fife Investment Proposition and Economic Action Plan.
The plan identifies six key priorities and has a delivery focus through the consideration of potential sources of funding. The plan also recognises the challenges of addressing the climate emergency, and that successful inclusive growth in Mid-Fife will also involve community wealth-building initiatives and future economic collaboration.
The recent recognition of Dunfermline as Scotland's newest city provides further opportunity to contextualise and further accelerate economic growth in Mid-Fife given the neighbouring proximity of the two areas, the shared infrastructure connectivity provided by the M90 /A92 road corridors and Fife Circle rail line, and complementary business bases.
The Mid-Fife Investment Proposition sits alongside the Fife Economic Strategy to provide a clear indication of where new investment growth can be accommodated or existing economic activity further enhanced within the Mid-Fife area. The Proposition presents a framework of proposed programmes, projects and opportunities that are regularly reviewed and updated and target appropriate interventions in Mid-Fife that can be developed, implemented and/or accelerated as funding and resourcing opportunities are identified and secured.
Figures for 2021-2022 show that 55.4% of business start-ups supported by the Fife Business Gateway team were located in Mid-Fife; with a total of 334 new businesses creating 429 jobs and a turnover of £9.7m.
Fife has a clear commitment to lifelong learning and to developing further and higher education.
Fife has more than 200 schools united in their pursuit of excellence with several Fife schools performing above the national average for exam success.
|University of St Andrews||4|
|University of Edinburgh||12|
|University of Strathclyde||23|
|Heriot Watt University||34|
|University of Aberdeen||37|
|University of Dundee||49|
|University of Stirling||50|
|Glasgow Caledonian University||88|
|Edinburgh Napier University||97|
|Robert Gordon University||103|
|University of Abertay Dundee||108|
Source: University Rankings and League Tables 2023 (thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk)