High tech companies in Fife receive RSA funding

Two companies, Renovite Technologies and Cyclotricity, are creating 40 new jobs in Dunfermline and Glenrothes after receiving Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grants from Scottish Enterprise. Fife Council is supporting both companies to settle including assistance with recruitment and upskilling.

Renovite Technologies, an electronic payment company from California, has received a £250,000 RSA grant to help grow its Dunfermline location. 28 new high tech roles will be created to help meet demand for better payments software from banks and money management businesses worldwide.

Relocating from the south east of England, Cyclotricity will manufacture electric bicycles thanks to a £120,000 RSA grant, creating 12 manufacturing jobs at its new Glenrothes headquarters.

Paul Lewis, Scottish Enterprise, Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Ian Byrne, Cyclotricity and Cllr Altany Craik.

 

Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Ivan McKee said:

“We want Scotland to be the best place to live, work and invest so we are committed to growing the economy in a sustainable and inclusive way. These awards will bring new high tech jobs to Fife, helping to grow the local economy, thanks to £370,000 of investment support.

“The Scottish Government is supporting businesses to maximise the opportunities that come from established strengths in innovation and technology. Scotland has huge economic potential so we are determined to work with businesses to unlock more high skilled jobs like these.”

Paul Lewis, managing director, international operations at Scottish Enterprise, said:

“Two new inward investors, bringing significant numbers of new jobs and economic impact is fantastic news for Fife, and is a real endorsement of this region’s attractiveness to foreign investors, in terms of availability of skills, connected business infrastructure and quality of life.

“We will continue to work in partnership with our colleagues at Fife Council to support these companies as they establish roots in Fife and look forward to seeing them grow and expand in Scotland.”

Cllr. Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, Fife Council, said: “Fife Council through Invest in Fife is now actively working with both of these companies to help them further establish themselves here as quickly as possible and support their growth plans.

“Fife is a great place for businesses to establish themselves and grow, and this funding is delivering local employment opportunities as well as wider economic and community benefits.”

 

Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grants are available to help projects that will create or protect jobs in Scotland.  Click for more information on the funding scheme and to check your eligibility.

 

A showcase of food and drink from Fife at major London event

Five businesses from across Fife will represent the region at one of the UK’s biggest food and drink trade shows this September with support from Food from Fife and Fife Council’s Trade Development programme.

The Speciality & Fine Food Fair takes place at London’s Olympia from 2nd to 4th September, attracting an audience of more than 9,000 with food and drink buyers looking to source the latest in speciality, artisan and fine food and drink, alongside decision makers from retail, hospitality and distribution.  The show, one of the UK’s most significant in this sector, has been running for 19 years.

Businesses from Fife attending with the support of Food from Fife and Fife Council’s Trade Development programme comprise:

  • New Alliance, Monimail – Wholesale distributors to the independent retail trade who also produce their own fruit juices, oatcakes and other artisan produce
  • Puddledub, Auchtertool – A business with a reputation for producing Scotland’s finest bacon and pork using only the best home reared pork
  • Tayport Distillery, Tayport – This new distillery uses seasonal fruit to create an intensely smooth spirit with natural fruit flavour
  • The Farmer’s Son, Auchtertool – Producers of award-winning Scottish black pudding, white pudding and haggis
  • St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company, Anstruther – Award-winning farmhouse cheese producer.

Will Docker, chair of Food from Fife said:

“I’m delighted to be able to support these businesses as they take their world-class produce to a wider market.  It’s heartening to see them capitalising on their membership of Food from Fife like this. By working with us in this way, these businesses are not just shining a light on their own produce but are acting as ambassadors for Fife’s thriving food and drink industry.”

Kecia McDougall from The Tayport Distillery said:

“As a newly launched business, the guidance I received from Food from Fife was invaluable.  Food from Fife brings together businesses all keen to help one another succeed.  The funding provided by the organisation has helped us to attend exhibitions and seminars that would have been inaccessible to us as a new business.  These opportunities have helped to widen our horizons enabling us to plan and improve business strategy for the future.”

Food from Fife is a not for profit company that was established in 2010 to help the diverse local food and tourism businesses work better together to grow the overall industry in Fife.

Find out more about Food from Fife and its member businesses at www.foodfromfife.co.uk.  Businesses interested in attending should contact Food from Fife’s coordinator, Martha Bryce on martha@foodfromfife.co.uk.

Any business that is interested in finding out more about Fife Council’s Trade Development programme should visit www.businessgatewayfife.com/trade-development-programme.

 

For more information, please contact Martha Bryce:

martha@foodfromfife.co.uk

Tel. 07905 761 525 or visit www.foodfromfife.co.uk

/Twitter @foodfromfife / Facebook/food-from-fife

Minister visits Glenrothes Energy Network

The new cabinet secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP visited the Glenrothes Energy Network yesterday (9 August 2018).

 

Mr Matheson said: “District heating plays an important role in the transition to an affordable, low carbon heat system for Scotland. Glenrothes Energy Network demonstrates a strong partnership approach in delivering this and it was great to see first-hand how this district heating scheme will help tackle fuel poverty locally.

Michael Matheson MSP visits Glenrothes Energy Network

 

“Last year, we published Scotland’s first ever Energy Strategy which sets us firmly on course for an inclusive, innovative and low carbon energy future. The strategy sets out a vision for the future of energy across the country and will guide Scottish Government decisions over the coming decades.

 

“It highlights connections between the energy system and all parts of the economy, and its importance to sustainable, inclusive growth. We will continue to work with businesses in Scotland, helping them use their experience, adaptability and willingness to diversify in order to become more competitive.”

 

Glenrothes Energy Network is a £24 million collaborative local heat scheme between the Scottish Government, RWE and Fife Council. It will provide sustainable low carbon heat to a mix of industrial, commercial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as Fife Council’s Fife House complex with an opportunity to expand the network to supply further homes across Glenrothes.

 

RWE will own and operate the Energy Centre which will provide the heat required for the network from its biomass plant. Fife Council will own the network and act as service provider and the Scottish Government is supporting the development through its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (match funded by the European Regional Development Fund).

 

The project will be operational by the end of January 2019.

 

Steve Hicks, RWE Project Director commented: “We are proud to be part of this project and supply local businesses and homes with low carbon heat. Our contractors are developing the Energy Centre adjacent to Markinch CHP biomass plant and construction is well underway.”

 

Cllr Ross Vettraino, Fife Council’s spokesperson for the environment said, “Today was a great opportunity to meet Mr Matheson and share with him the innovative work happening in Fife through partnership working.

 

“Bringing a district heating scheme to Glenrothes will help us reach our goal of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.

 

“This is a major investment of nearly £24 million for Glenrothes town centre. It will not only provide clean sustainable energy but will help to secure jobs and reduce fuel poverty in Glenrothes.”

 

For more information on the project please visit www.glenrothesenergynetwork.co.uk

 

Decommissioning Challenge Fund

Further support has been made available for Scottish decommissioning projects as part of the Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF).

 

Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse announced that the DCF will reopen for a third round of funding unlocking an additional £5 million.

 

The DCF aims to help maximise the economic benefits from the decommissioning of North Sea infrastructure.

 

Mr Wheelhouse said, “I’m delighted that we can offer a third round of funding for decommissioning projects. This round of the DCF includes capital and resource funding, and widens its scope of potential projects with support now also available for business development.

 

“The budget for the DCF in 2018-19 will reflect the projects coming forward, and our ambition is to match the £5 million successfully awarded last year, however there is flexibility for this to increase if demand is demonstrated.”

 

Read the full article and find out more about the DCF Round 3.

 

Extended Deadline for Fife Business Diversity Awards 2018

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2018!

 

The Fife Business Diversity Awards 2018 recognise the success of businesses, organisations and individuals in Fife that excel in promoting the employment of people who face disadvantages in the labour market.

 

These awards specifically acknowledge determination, resourcefulness and originality in creating equal opportunities for all in the workplace.

 

 

Hosted by Opportunities Fife Partnership, the Fife Business Diversity Awards celebrate the success of

  • people who overcome disadvantage in the pursuit of their work aspirations,
  • employers who implement inclusive recruitment, selection and training processes, and
  • innovative and inclusive work practices.

 

The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended to 30 September 2018.

 

For more information, download the Fife Business Diversity Awards 2018 information leaflet.

 

If you would like to nominate an individual, business or organisation, please download the nomination form and submit to sw.ses@fife.gov.uk. Please read the information leaflet before completing the nomination form.

 

All shortlisted nominees will be invited to an awards ceremony in December.

 

For more information, please visit Opportunities Fife, email sw.ses@fife.gov.uk or call 03451 555 555 extension 444 815.

 

BUSINESS TRADE ACTIVITY IN FIFE ON THE RISE

The number of Fife businesses engaging in new trade development activity is on the rise.

This news comes as the Fife Trade Partnership marks a year since it launched its one-stop-shop to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) trade in the UK and internationally.

Businesses have been actively engaging in a host of training events, workshops, trade exhibitions and learning journeys aimed specifically at growing their sales outside their local area and increasing their market development opportunities. Businesses already exporting out with Scotland and wanting to improve current processes and expand further, have also benefited.

Much of this increase in activity has been attributed to the joined up one-stop-shop process, which Fife Council Economic Development spearheaded. Businesses are referred to partner services via the Business Gateway Fife enquiry channel, which in turn can advise on the range of support available.

Seeking to bolster local engagement further, a new business support pathway leaflet has been developed, which helps companies review where they are in their trade journey, by highlighting key questions and posing a range of decisions to be considered. Businesses are directed to one of the Fife Trade Partners – Fife Council Economic Development, Scottish Development International, Fife Chamber of Commerce or Business Gateway Fife. Support is then offered to build their business capability to improve opportunities to access new markets and increase their trading status.  An extensive programme of business support is available to assist all SMEs.

Fife Economy Partnership Trade Chair, Michael Longstaffe, said:

“Our aim is to make it as simple as possible for businesses to increase their trading status within Scotland as well as supporting them to access other new markets within the UK and at an International level too. Our one-stop-shop approach has enabled us to provide more businesses with the tools to tap into these new markets, increase sales and create jobs.

“We’ve been encouraged by the number of businesses engaging in the Fife Trade Partnership’s support package. For some, it’s just about knowing where to start and having the confidence to access appropriate services to enable them to enter new markets and improve their trading opportunities. We offer advice on specific markets and can also support the development of ecommerce opportunities for UK and international sales.”

A host of training events have been well attended over the last year. Understanding Exporting was a full-day course offering an introduction to the role of export, and how the many elements of international trade fit together; whilst turnout to more targeted seminars, giving insight into specific markets, such as India, has been high.

Fife’s food and drink producers had the opportunity to pitch their products to key buyers from around the world. As part of Showcasing Scotland, international buyers visited Fife to sample some fantastic, quality products, to further the reach and impact of Fife’s food and drink sector abroad. For The Little Herb Farm it proved rewarding as its founder, Lindsey Anderson was introduced to a new Canadian buyer interested in its vinegars.

Dunfermline-based Greenfold Systems, a leading provider of outsource manufacturing services, has taken part in a Scottish Development International delegation to Dublin, with the aim of growing its business in Ireland. Opportunities to engage with businesses were identified, and strategic relationships built.

Bob Waterson, Managing Director of Greenfold Systems, said:

“This was an extremely worthwhile visit and provided the opportunity to familiarise us with the Irish market before fully committing to exporting.

“We had a number of fruitful one-to-one meetings, during which, we established relationships with Irish companies keen to work with us. The Irish market is very much open to Greenfold Systems and we’re working on developing opportunities as we grow the business.”

Another element of support is through Digital Boost, a national programme delivered by Business Gateway Fife. A host of emerging businesses have been advised in making improvements to their digital footprint, including local workshops on digital marketing and e-commerce strategies.

The Fife Trade Partnership will continue to help businesses identify  opportunities, reach new customers, access in-country knowledge and international market intelligence, maximise e-commerce opportunities, overcome barriers to entry and develop overseas marketing strategies.

Pamela Stevenson, Lead Officer, Enterprise and Business Development for Fife Council Economic Development, said:

“Many of our small businesses trade at a local level, but we’re keen to encourage them, with the right tools and the right advice, to trade outside of Fife. This can open up a mass of opportunities for them, but also for the region as a whole.

“Fife is also home to a number of global brands that showcase great export success stories. So, whatever stage of your trading journey, whether it’s just an idea at the moment, or your business is established and you want to improve that process, the Fife Trade Partnership can help your business to explore new opportunities.”

An updated guide – Your Guide to Accessing New Markets – aimed at advising and supporting Fife businesses to trade nationally and internationally, is available to view online at: www.businessgatewayfife.com.

 

Notes to Editors

  1. For more information about the Fife Trade Partnership or for a calendar of relevant trade and new market related events, please contact Business Gateway Fife (call – 01592 858333; email – success@bgfife.co.uk; www.businessgatewayfife.com).