Business Gateway Fife provides practical help and a wide range of advice and support for new and growing businesses in Fife. During these challenging times, we can direct you to funding and packages of assistance to help you sustain your business.
A series of webinars are available to help develop the skills required to run a successful business. Regardless of whether you are a start-up business or an established business looking to sustain or grow, we offer an exciting programme of free events to help you develop your skills and take your business to the next level.
Businesses can also access a variety of support from specialists who provide tailored, expert advice via our Expert Help and Digital Boost programmes. This can be crucial to develop specific projects and help achieve business recovery or support growth ambitions for the business.
Business Gateway Fife also offers one to one support for both start-up and growth businesses from its own team of professional advisers, including dedicated HR support.
Funded by Fife Council and delivered by Business Gateway Fife, the Fife Investment Fund provides financial support to Fife-based businesses looking to invest in and grow their business or progress towards Net Zero.
The fund provides a fully repayable grant of up to £10,000 or 70% of the overall costs of the project being undertaken (whichever is lower) with the following conditions:
There are a number of ways the fund can be used including:
You may be eligible if you are a small to medium-sized business (SME) based in Fife and can demonstrate that the support will lead to increased turnover and/or employment for your business, or help it progress toward net zero emissions. Applications are submitted at the discretion of your Business Gateway Adviser.
The SME Development Grant provides financial support to help Fife-based businesses develop and grow.
The fund provides small non-repayable grants to assist with costs across the following six themes:
The trade development funding provides grants to:
The funding for workforce upskilling provides grants to help companies improve the productivity and profitability of their business through training and upskilling existing employees.
Transition to Net Zero
Funding to support businesses making progress towards net zero emissions through a range of measures including premises improvements, waste reduction or reuse and the creation of green jobs.
R&D & Innovation Support
Support primarily for micro-SMEs unable to access the R&D and innovation support provided by Scottish Enterprise.
Agriculture Business Diversification
Support for agriculture businesses to develop agritourism and food & drink focussed proposals as well as supporting adoption of new approaches and technologies including vertical farming.
Support for Studies
Support for businesses requiring studies (e.g., ecological impact, noise assessment) as part of a project to develop new or existing premises.
The SME Development Grant is delivered by Business Gateway Fife on behalf of Fife Council.
This grant is offered at the discretion of a Business Gateway Adviser, therefore, you must be working with Business Gateway Fife to be considered.
Businesses can receive more than one grant through this scheme, but the total amount received cannot exceed £2,850
Fife’s Specialist Business Advice programme can provide Fife-based businesses that are looking to develop with up to 3 days of fully-funded consultancy support.
Tailored, expert advice is available from specialists across a range of topics, including:
Social Media and Online Presence
Information Solutions and Technology
Legal and Property
Human Resources and Employee Development/Wellbeing
The Specialist Business Advice programme is delivered by Business Gateway Fife on behalf of Fife Council and is fully funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
SMEs located in Fife. Priority will be given to businesses in the following sectors:
*Self-catering properties (including AirBnB), bed and breakfasts and guest houses are not eligible.
Where the proposed work relates to business premises, only premises which are solely for business use are eligible. Premises with combined business/residential use (e.g., a house with a home office/workshop from which the business is based) are not eligible.
Businesses whose main base is outside Fife can use the grant to improve premises they have in Fife or create green jobs in Fife.
Businesses whose main base is in Fife cannot use the grant to improve premises or create jobs outside of Fife.
Anything that will help a business make progress towards net zero emissions. Suggested uses include:
Update 27th October 2022 – as a result of high demand this fund is currently closed to new enquiries. We will update this page as and when the fund reopens. If you have already made an enquiry about the Net Zero Transition Fund to Business Gateway Fife this will still be processed. Please be aware they are currently working through a backlog and will be in touch shortly.
Applications are made at the discretion of a BG Adviser or Economic Development team member.
If you are already engaged with Business Gateway Fife, please contact your Adviser to discuss an application. If you are not currently engaged with Business Gateway Fife, please contact the team on 01592 858333 or [email protected].
A bank statement dated within the past 3 months will be required as part of the application process. This should be from a dedicated business bank account, however, personal accounts will be accepted where the bank statement shows clear evidence of business transactions.
The SME Development Grant and Specialist Business Advice programme are fully funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
PLEASE NOTE: This fund is currently closed to new applications due to high demand. This site will be updated when the fund reopens.