Fife businesses gear up for Southern Manufacturing

Manufacturing businesses from across Fife are preparing to attend the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics show, at Farnborough International in February.

 

The UK’s largest regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition has proved fruitful in recent years for Fife-based businesses, winning contracts and making new contacts.

 

Southern Manufacturing will celebrate its 21st show in 2019, where around 800 exhibitors and thousands of visitors are expected to attend the three-day event (5–7 February 2019).

 

Attending from Fife will be Contract Solutions Precision Engineering, AGS Electronics, Fife Fabrications, Reel Service and Eurospray. I4 Product Design will also take part in the visit as a means of supporting collaboration and supply chain links with Fife businesses.

 

This is Eurospray’s first time attending Southern Manufacturing. The Glenrothes-based business, Scotland’s largest sub-contract paint finishing facility, intends to use this exhibition as a platform for showcasing its leading-edge finishes to new contacts.

 

Jim Fairnie, Managing Director of Eurospray, said:

“This is our first time attending Southern Manufacturing, but we’re doing so to   showcase our paint finishing expertise to a wide range of sectors and industries.

“We anticipate that the event  will be an effective means of business development, as we will have the opportunity to network, meet new businesses, which in turn we hope will lead to new sales opportunities.”

 

Fife Council Economic Development Team’s Trade Development Programme is supporting these local businesses to visit Southern Manufacturing.

 

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

“Year-on-year, Fife businesses have reported success at Southern Manufacturing. The exhibition has offered the opportunity to network with colleagues in the industry, meet potential new customers and secure new contracts.

“With manufacturing evolving all the time, this exhibition is key, as it brings together the latest developments in industrial technology and engineering services, as well offering insight into some of Europe’s top engineering specialists.”

(Photo from Southern Manufacturing 2018)

 

For more information about Southern Manufacturing, please email: dorothy.smith@fife.gov.uk

 

Workplace Innovation Fund

The Workplace Innovation Fund – developed by Scottish Enterprise and Business Gateway – can contribute up to £5,000 towards activities that will allow your business to introduce new and innovative workplace practices. The Fund will support projects centred on at least 2 out of the 3 following themes:

 

People – Your employees will individually and collectively have a range of ideas to make the business better. It is important to listen to their ideas and motivate beyond pay such as recognising the benefits of diversity, reward and supporting learning & development.

 

Place – Through better use of your workplace you can develop a culture of fresh thinking and a place where creativity can thrive. This isn’t just about moving desks or introducing new equipment. Reviewing your organisational structure can identify areas where employees are empowered to make decisions, remove silos, and increase cross-team working.

 

Practice – By actively involving your people in the design of your business developments you are more likely to find new and more efficient ways of working; making full use of their skills and experience to the greatest effect. Employees who feel empowered are more likely to drive change and work in a more collaborative style.

 

What it can be used for

Bespoke projects around the theme of Workplace Innovation. You may wish to look at issues such as developing the culture of your organisation, introducing new values or altering the existing values & vision of your company, how technology can be used to bring staff together to share knowledge, and identifying future leaders & succession planning.

They are not able to fund…

  • Purchase of ICT hardware, software, licences; or
  • Physical resources such as office furniture.

 

Eligibility

Companies have an ambition to increase turnover by £200,000 over a 3-year period. Companies must also be able to fund any projects upfront before claiming costs.

 

How to apply?

For further information and to apply please fill out a pre-qualification form on the Scottish Enteprise website. If you meet the above eligibility and would like to discuss your project, please contact Alison Hemsi. 

Good luck to finalists in the Fife Business Diversity Awards 2018

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

 

Hosted by the Opportunities Fife Partnership, the annual event will take place on Friday 7 December at the Bay Hotel, Kinghorn.

 

People may experience disadvantage in finding and keep a job due to person issues, disability or health conditions, as well as lack of work experience, skills or qualifications.

 

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

 

Fife Provost and Councillor Jim Leishman, said, “I believe every one of us has a talent. Some of us discover it early in life, and many of us need support to find it. But I’ve learned that it’s not just about find your talent and skills, it’s about taking the opportunities that life presents us and facing the challenges of everyday living to put these talents and skills to use. It’s about being determined and facing adversity and not giving up on the dreams and goals we want to achieve.”

 

Lucinda McAllister, Service Manager for Employability and Supported Employment Service at Fife Council, added “I wish to thank our nominees for allowing us to learn about your journey, sharing a journey that was personal and inspiring – well done to you, you truly deserve the recognition you have received.”

 

FSB Small Business Awards 2019 Open for Entries

The Federation of Small Business’ annual Celebrating Small Businesses Awards are the leading celebration of small businesses, shining a light on some of the best, most innovative and most determined small businesses.

 

Open to all small businesses and self-employed  – whether current members of the FSB or not – the awards are free to enter.

 

Winning an FSB Celebrating Small Business Award is a great was to showcase your business achievements and celebrate business success and innovation.

 

 

Entries to the Scottish awards are open until 11 January 2019 – click for more information and to submit your entry.