Welcome to the April 2021 issue of fbm Update.
Welcome to the April 2021 issue of fbm Update. As lockdown restrictions start to ease, with the reopening of hairdressers, homeware shops and garden centres earlier this month, coupled with the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine, the first tentative ‘green shoots’ are emerging. And, it’s not only the signs of Spring!
Green Lithium secures £631,000 grant from Automotive Transformation Fund
Green Lithium, the mineral processing company, has secured a £631,000 grant from the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s (APC) Automotive Transformation Fund Feasibility Studies (ATF FS2) to support its plans to build and operate Europe’s first large-scale lithium refinery, located in the UK.
NnG, Saipem and InfraStrata announce major contract for Harland & Wolff creating around 290 jobs
Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) Offshore Wind Limited (jointly owned by EDF Renewables and ESB), its tier one service provider, Saipem, and InfraStrata, owner of Harland & Wolff, jointly announce that a contract has been signed for Harland & Wolff to carry out the fabrication and load-out of eight of the project’s wind turbine generator (WTG) foundation jackets.
Brockwell unveil plans for Fife Energy Recovery Facility
Brockwell Energy haveannouncedtheaward for the construction of acirca 240k-tonneEnergy Recovery Facility in Fife.
Harland & Wolff to Host Virtual Careers Day for Newly Acquired Scottish Based Site
Following the recent acquisition of two Scottish based sites, Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, is delighted to be hosting its first Scottish Careers Open Day.
New Eden Enterprise Hub Set to Boost Start-Up Business in Fife
Last month (February), Fife Council exchanged letters of intent with the University of St Andrews to jointly develop the Eden Enterprise Hub at the Eden Campus in Guardbridge.
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.
NMIS launches new scheme to support STEM graduates into employment amid pandemic
The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) today announced that it will be offering 30 recent STEM graduates from across Scotland.
The Farmer's Son: Why Businesses Should Embrace Working From Home For the Future
The current global pandemic has put immense pressure on the UK economy however for some businesses it has provided the catalyst to sustainable working practice.
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.
Astrak SME Fund
In December 2020, Astrak became the first Fife Employer to apply to Fife College through the new Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) SME fund.
SCOTT PALLETS PLAYS PART IN COVID-19 RESPONSE SUPPLYING PALLETS FOR KEY GOODS
Wooden pallets have played a critical role in supporting the national response to COVID-19. They’ve carried essential products, from household staples like food and cleaning products to medical essentials like PPE and the new COVID vaccine.
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.
Sips Eco invests in the future of Affordable Housing for Scotland
Sips Eco (www.sipsecopanels.co.uk) is Scotland’s largest award-winning structural insulated panel (SIPs) home manufacturer.
FIFE COMPANY DELIVERS £1M CONTRACT TO FITOUT THE LARGEST NEW SCHOOL PROJECT IN SCOTLAND
Dunfermline-based Deanestor, one of the UK’s leading furniture and fitout specialists, has completed a contract worth over £1m for Morrison Construction for the manufacture and installation of fixed furniture for The Barony Campus in Cumnock, East Ayrshire – the most innovative, ambitious and inclusive learning facility in Scotland.
Bplastic free adapts to COVID-19 times
2020 wasn’t quite the year Bplastic free (www.bplasticfree.com) had anticipated.
DPS GROUP PLAYS TO ITS STRENGTHS
The last year has been like no other for everyone during the global pandemic, and Fife-based electrical, instrumentation, control and compliance firm DPS Group has found it no different.
The Cress Company To Create 60 Jobs in Move To New Depot as Support Local Trend Soars Sales
Dunfermline based nationwide fine food distributor; The Cress Company moves to a new depot double the size as their current depot as business continues to grow due to increased sales in 2020.
RAYTHEON UK CELEBRATES 60 YEARS IN GLENROTHES
From semiconductor fabrication and complex mechanical assembly to space and power systems, digitalisation has been fundamental to the growth of Raytheon UK’s presence in Scotland since it started operations 60 years ago.
Glenrothes industrial units completed as Fife City Region Deal programme approved
As works are completed on the first business units that are part of Fife’s flagship City Region Deal Industrial Innovation Investment programme, the business case that sets out the arrangements for a further three years was approved today, Friday, 5 March 2021.
Babcock backs Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021
Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, is gearing up to showcase its emerging talent and the opportunities that apprenticeships bring throughout this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week from 1-5 March.
FEP’S PLANT INVESTMENT
Fife Ethylene Plant (FEP) will temporarily shut down in April to begin its £140 million investment project.
Fife Business Matters Feb 2021 Update
The latest update of Fife Business Matters is available to read now.
InvestFife Calls for Businesses to Represent Fife at Southern Manufacturing 2022
Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, the UK’s most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition, is scheduled to take place in February next year.
Free membership to Food from Fife
In a bid to support food, drink and hospitality businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic, regional food group Food from Fife is offering free membership to any food or drink related business based in Fife until May 2021.
VeriCall Announce Major Contract with One of the Big Six UK Energy Providers
New Jobs section of website launched to aid recruitment in Fife. Feb 2021: VeriCall Ltd announces that it has been awarded a major new contract by a major integrated energy company, beginning February 1st, 2021.
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.
Happy New Year and welcome to fbm Update issue No.13
Here we are, the first issue of 2021, and as you will see it is filled with news, success stories and case studies of businesses operating in Fife, which despite the extremely difficult trading conditions, are doing wonderful things.
FIFE TECH CONSORTIUM APPOINTS NEW CHAIR
The Fife Tech Consortium, a group of Fife-based technology companies with the aim of building opportunities and encouraging careers in the sector, has appointed a new Chair.
10 Green Distilleries Hydrogen Feasibility Studies Announced.
InchDairnie Distillery will focus on the potential to use hydrogen at the distillery to significantly decarbonise the process heat required.
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.
Cesscon Decom secures major contract as it launches Fife facility with creation of up to 50 jobs.
CessCon Decom has launched its new decommissioning facility at Energy Park Fife, Methil, with the announcement that it has been awarded Scotland’s largest decommissioning contract to date, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Planning Permission Lodged For New Dunfermline Learning Campus Site
An application for Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) has been lodged for land at the Halbeath Interchange, the proposed site of the new £180 million Dunfermline Learning Campus.
FROM FIFE TO HARRODS – FERAGAIA MAKES ITS DEBUT
Feragaia (/fe-ra-guy-a/), Scotland’s first alcohol-free spirit made from land and sea botanicals, has signed a meaningful supply contract with the world-renowned department store, Harrods.
Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards expand and go virtual for 2021
Now in its sixth year, the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, celebrating the exceptional work achieved through academic and business partnerships, launched on Thursday 3 December, 2020.
Making Scotland's Future - recovery plan for manufacturing consultation
The Scottish Government is consulting on Making Scotland's Future - a draft recovery plan for manufacturing which proposes a set of actions for delivery over the next 12 months.
POP-UP BUSINESS LOOKS TO LONG-TERM FUTURE
East Neuk Seaweed was one of just a handful of businesses to be selected for Business Gateway Fife’s Pop-Up Business School, which took place in March.
SGN has received the go-ahead to build their world-first hydrogen heating network
SGN has received the go-ahead to build a world-first hydrogen heating network at Methil in Scotland.
Enlightening Work Experience Opportunity for Students at New Enterprise Hub
Fife College culinary arts students are set to gain valuable work experience at a new enterprising hub in Kirkcaldy’s Merchant Quarters.
GRAY FABRICATION TURNS THE TIDE
Gray Fabrication has recently completed a major contract for a world-class Scottish project; the Orbital Marine Power O2 Tidal Turbine.
FIFE BUSINESSES ADAPTING TO NEW NORMAL, ACCORDING TO BUSINESS SURVEY
Fife businesses are adapting to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey commissioned by InvestFife, the collective brand name for Fife Council Economic Development’s range of services.
Deanestor Delivers It's Largest Ever Education Future Contract - A £3M Project At Inverurie Campus
Dunfermline-based Deanestor, one of the UK’s leading furniture and fitout specialists, has delivered its largest ever contract in the education sector. The £3m project was for the manufacture of bespoke furniture and fitout of the new £55m Inverurie Community Campus – one of the largest school construction projects in Scotland.
FBM November Update
In the coming pages, FBM features a variety of news stories from a range of businesses, all showcasing versatility and determination, skills that are vital in these uncertain times.
Fife Business Week 2020, A ‘Virtual’ Success!
Fife Business Week 2020 has wrapped up for its eleventh year! In a year like no other, dominated by a global pandemic, around 425 businesses across Fife and beyond.
Work Gets Underway on City Deal Project in Kirkcaldy
Fife’s flagship Industrial Innovation Investment programme has now begun construction work on seven single storey business units on land to the east of Midfield Drive, within Dunnikier Business Park, Kirkcaldy
MADRAS COLLEGE PUPILS COMBINE HISTORY AND TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE GAME FOR POPULAR FIFE-BASED APP
Fife Council’s Economic Development Service has launched a new Culture of Enterprise programme, which combines history and technology, in a bid to develop the skills of the region’s young people and help them on their future career pathway.
Upskilling and reskilling the workforce in data – new leadership training for SMEs and the Third Sector
New training has been developed to help leaders understand the potential for the use of data within their organisation, and understand how to upskill their team, ensuring they have the right mix of data skills to drive value.
Scottish Enterprise Low Carbon Heat Industry Survey
Scottish Enterprise is carrying out a study of companies active in the low carbon heat industry in Scotland. If you are active in this area of rapidly growing interest for hydrogen you have the opportunity to take part in an online survey.
MORE THAN 50 NEW RECRUITS JOIN BABCOCK’S ROSYTH SITE
Babcock International Group, the Aerospace and Defence company, has welcomed more than 50 new apprentices and graduates to its Rosyth facility.
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.
NEW INITIATIVE TO POWER ADVANCEMENTS IN HYDROGEN TECHNOLOGY
The Hydrogen Accelerator, a new initiative led by the University of St Andrews and supported by the University of Strathclyde, is seeking businesses to get involved in its inaugural project – to create the UK’s first hydrogen-fuelled train.
CASHMASTER MAKES INROADS INTO NEW DIRECT TO MARKET STRATEGY
Cashmaster Group, the leading global provider of countby-weight cash management solutions, is celebrating recent success and progress with its direct to market strategy in the U.S.
Shaping Scotland's Economy: Scotland's Inward Investment Plan
A new inward investment plan which aims to attract high quality jobs across a range of key economic sectors has been published by Scottish Government.
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.
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.
NEW VIRTUAL CODING ACADEMY LAUNCHED ATTRACTING OVER 1,000 FIFE PRIMARY PUPILS
Fife College with support from InvestFife’s Business Enterprise Team has launched a Virtual Coding Academy for Fife’s primary school pupils.
CARR’S MEETS UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND AS PRODUCTION INCREASES ALMOST THREE-FOLD
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.
EAST COAST REFRIGERATION TAKES UP HOME IN THE FIFE FOOD & BUSINESS CENTRE
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 (www.fifebusinessmatters.co.uk) offers an opportunity to reflect on what’s been achieved in the last five months.
TAYPORT DISTILLERY TOASTS CO-OP DEAL
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.
BUSINESS SERVICES UNITED IN FIFE
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.
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!
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!
fbm update, issue 4
Welcome to Issue 4 of fbm Update.
Fife businesses go online to deliver
Online trading canhelp brick and mortar businesses survive COVID-19.
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).
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.
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.