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.

Welcome to the October issue of fbm Update!

In the coming pages, fbm Update features a variety of news stories from a range of businesses, all showcasing versatility and determination, skills that are vital in these uncertain times.

Scottish Government Announces Further Support for Businesses Affected By COVID

Fund to provide grants and employment support.

Innovative degree programme helps Fife businesses revitalise local economy

Local businesses will have an opportunity to upskill their workforce this January, with the launch of a BA Business and Enterprise degree programme.


Fife College with support from InvestFife’s Business Enterprise Team has launched a Virtual Coding Academy for Fife’s primary school pupils.


Carr’s Flour experienced an unprecedented spike in demand for its flour during the coronavirus lockdown.

A National Mission with Local Impact

The Scottish Government are consulting on a Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan which covers the financial years 2021-2022 to 2025-2026 and outlines a coherent approach to delivering our National Infrastructure Mission and demonstrates the vital role infrastructure has to play in enabling inclusive, net zero and sustainable growth.


East Coast Refrigeration, Fife’s newest refrigeration, air conditioning and cold store business, has moved to new premises as it seeks to expand the service side of its business.

Fife Business Week - Free Access Online!

FIFE Business Week 2020 is set to be the biggest yet, with around 30 events running throughout the week from 2nd to 6th November 2020.

Welcome to fbm Update issue No.10

The tenth issue of fbm Update ( offers an opportunity to reflect on what’s been achieved in the last five months.


The family owned Fife distiller, Tayport Distillery, is celebrating a deal to supply the CO-OP with its Raspberry Liqueur in up to 50 stores across Scotland.


Businesses in Fife will now be able to access a range of support services from a single entity following the launch of InvestFife by Fife Council.

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.

Tay Cities Deal partners reaffirm desire to sign Final Deal

At a Tay Cities Deal Joint Committee meeting yesterday, held virtually due to ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions, the four local authorities, along with business and higher/further education and third sector representatives committed to signing as soon as possible.

Decommissioning firm to open in Fife

A new oil infrastructure decommissioning facility at Energy Park Fife, Methil, is on track to open later this year.

Your Opportunity to be part of this year’s Virtual Taste of Grampian

The 4 Local Authorities along the banks of the River Tay (Fife, Dundee, Angus and Perth & Kinross) are working together to offer an opportunity for your business to be showcased at the Taste of Grampian virtual event running from Friday 18th September to Sunday 20th.

Bags of Opportunity

Having stepped ‘into the breach’ from day one of the coronavirus, Kirkcaldy-based Smith Anderson, a manufacturer of sustainable paper packaging, dispensing and carrier bags, overcame numerous and onerous challenges to remain open and functioning throughout COVID-19 as a key supplier to multiple pharmacy supply chains, including the NHS.

Welcome to Issue 8 of FBM Update!

Welcome to the latest issue of FBM Update, sharing positive business news from across Fife.

Tayport Distillery Wins Gold Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirits Competition Awards

Tayport Distillery are delighted to announce that they have won two Gold Medals at the International Wine and Spirits Competition! The IWSC is one of the most coveted competitions within the spirits industry.

Bowhouse Link tells of start-up success

Bowhouse Link, the online food hub featuring fresh goods from local producers, was established during lockdown to much acclaim.

The Farmer’s Son secures significant deal

Auchertool’s The Farmer’s Son, producer of award-winning artisan black pudding, white pudding, haggis and lorne sausage, has secured a significant contract with a leading retailer in the North of England, securing the growth of its business.

Work to begin on £4.1m world-leading composite test centre Fastblade

The first major engineering works on FASTBLADE, a state-of-the-art composite structures research facility, begins this month (July) as part of an industry-academic partnership between Babcock International Group and the University of Edinburgh.

Peachykeen joins virtual food and farming extravaganza

Kirkcaldy’s PeachyKeen participated in the Royal HighlandEducation Trust’s (RHET) virtual Food and Farming Extravaganza, which took place last month.

Cowdenbeath’s AJS Production at work on two renewable energy projects

Cowdenbeath-based fabricator, AJS Production, has reopened to complete two significant projects for clients in the renewable energy sector.

Welcome to issue 7 of fbm update

Welcome to the seventh issue of fbm Update. Since thelast issue, many businesses in Fife have taken the significantstep of reopening for the first time since March and, as theregion slowly gets back on its feet, fbm Update is pleasedto share some of the positive news coming from the region’sbusinesses.Help, guidance and advice is available for businessesreopening, or seeking to reopen. For more information, visit TheScottish Government, Fife Council and Business Gateway Fife.

Ductform hfe completes marine project

Glenrothes-basedDuctform HFE has just completed a significant marine project to rectify damageto an oil rig off the North East coast of Scotland.

Welcome to issue 6 of fbm Update

In this issue pages, we showcase local businesses adapting and preparing for the ‘new normal’ as they reopen, recover or, maybe even, ramp up their operations! Many businesses have reopened already and, with tourism expected to follow in the coming weeks, there is an abundance of guidance and advice available for businesses seeking to operate during COVID-19 restrictions.

Local businesses support home learning

Raytheon UK’s STEM ambassadors are missing interacting with budding STEM learners across the UK via its normal engagement opportunities. However, they have been busy creating a STEM activity booklet for families to do at home.

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

Welcome to Issue 5 of fbm Update!

Welcome to Issue 5 of fbm Update! Here we are in the middle of June, and the message from the Scottish Government remains to stay at home but, with the possibility of lockdown easing in the coming weeks, businesses are starting to plan for reopening as soon as it is safe to do so.

fbm update, issue 4

Welcome to Issue 4 of fbm Update. Once again, there is an abundance of positive news emanating from Fife. Click here to read. To sign up to the fortnightly business newsletter email:

Fife businesses go online to deliver

Online trading can help brick and mortar businesses survive COVID-19 and, crucially, assist building a more resilient business post lockdown. No longer is ‘click’ seen as the enemy of ‘brick’, they can sit alongside giving businesses several routes to market, and enabling 24/7 trading. Fife businesses are a shining example of this adaptation as they adjust to make online trading easier for customers.

fbm Update, Issue 3

Welcome to Issue 3 of fbm Update. Once again, there is an abundance of positive news emanating from Fife. Click here to read.

Babcock International Group one of the winners of £1.4m Clean Maritime Call

£1.4m has been awarded to 10 organisations as part of the Clean Maritime Call, a Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) initiative supported by the Department for Transport (DfT). The grants will help find innovative ways to develop technology to assist the UK’s transition to a future of zero emission shipping, a long term ambition of Government.

H100 Fife

H100 Fife is SGN’s pioneering plan for a world-first greenhydrogen heating network.

Eden Mill is donating hand sanitiser to charities and hospices across Scotland

The brewer and distiller is distributing an initial 1000 bottles of antibacterial hand gel to CHAS (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland) Robin House in Balloch (pictured), The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, and five charities supported by Eden Mill’s sponsorship partner, the Celtic Foundation: The Salvation Army at Parkhead, Spirit Aid, FARE Scotland, The Wayside Club and Glasgow’s Golden Generation. Eden Mill is also supporting care facilities close to its distilleries, including Eden Hospice in Carlisle and Barrogil Care Home in Cluny, near its site in Guardbridge.

Diageo employees make hand sanitiser for local communities in scotland

Diageo employees across Scotland have begun distribution of more than 55,000 bottles of free hand sanitiser - produced at the company’s Leven packaging plant in Fife - to communities where the company has distilleries and operations.

fbm Update May 2020

fbm is back sooner than initially planned, due to the positive response from our readers, as well as the sheer volume of business news.

fbm Update has launched today.

fbm Update, a new monthly version of Fife Business Matters, has launched today.

Coronavirus: Fife clothing firm Keela makes gowns for NHS staff

A Fife-based manufacturer of high-specification clothing is recruiting more staff and ramping up production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS workers as it joins the fight against Covid-19.

Briggs Marine secures seven year contract with Forth Ports

Briggs Marine has been awarded a seven-year contract with leading UK Port Authority, Forth Ports Limited.

City Region Deal launches Covid-19 Job Support

A Job matching service has launched today for the Edinburghand South East Scotland City Region, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Planning Permission Approved for City Region Deal Project in Kirkcaldy

Fife’s flagship Industrial Innovation Investment programmehas now secured planning permission for seven single storey business units onland to the east of Midfield Drive, within Dunnikier Business Park, Kirkcaldy.