Fast-track your Exporting Skills (Dundee) @ Scottish Enterprise Dundee
May 25 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Are you a Scottish business who would like to start exporting? Get ready to grow your business abroad with our help.

Fast-track your export skills while gaining knowledge of international market research, routes to market, international logistics, and more.

What are the benefits?

During this programme, you’ll learn:

  • How to research and exploit international opportunities
  • What market entry options are right for your business
  • Export documentation – everything from developing your international pricing strategy to what currency to get paid in
  • How to develop your value proposition for international customers
  • Next steps for your business

Create your export plan

We’ll help you create an export plan – an online working document that will be secure and confidential for you and your business. You’ll be able to edit your plan at any time and download it as a PDF or Word document. Once complete, you can send your plan to your designated adviser for feedback and comment.

Good news is you can you start using the tool right away.

Register now to start your export plan  – This opens in a new window

Where and When?

The Preparing to Export introductory workshop is run over one day at Scottish Enterprise office in Dundee.

The workshop runs from 9:30am to 5pm.

The programme is part-funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds. Please note that this support is a form of state aid – on attendance it will count towards your overall De Minimis allowance.

Find out more and register here.

Fife Chamber of Commerce AGM @ Broomhall House
May 25 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm


The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Fife Chamber of Commerce will take place at 11am on Thursday 25 May.



Attendance is open to both members and non-members but voting can only be undertaken by one representative of a member organisation.


The AGM will be followed by a lunch and keynote address by Bob Keiller, Chairman of Scottish Enterprise.


As part of his speech, Mr Keiller will give his outlook on the domestic and international challenges that Fife businesses face during the Brexit process.


The AGM at 11am is free to attend.  To attend the lunch and Bob Keillor’s presentation taking place from 12 noon – 2pm, the cost is £25 plus VAT for Chamber members and £35 plus VAT for non-members


Click for further information and to book your place.



Interface Business Support Clinic @ Saltire House
Jun 1 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm


Do you have a business challenge?  Ever thought about working with a university to develop your ideas?Interface is offering free confidential 1:1 Business Support Clinics in Fife, giving you an opportunity to discuss your business ideas and challenges.


Shelley Breckenridge, Business Engagement Manager at Interface, is looking to help businesses develop new products, processes or services by connecting them with Scottish universities or research institutes.


Shelley is holding 1:1 confidential surgeries on the 1st June where you can discuss your current requirements and get advice on how Interface can help. She can also advise on funding options as Interface administer Scottish Funding Council Innovation Vouchers of up to £5k, which can be applicable for many of the projects that come forward after these discussions.


Email Shelley to book your half hour

Subcon, Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Design and Innovation Show @ NEC Birmingham
Jun 6 – Jun 8 all-day

Subcon, Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Design & Innovation Show come together on 6 – 8th June 2017 at the NEC. Three collocated events, over three days, will showcase the complete manufacturing solution, from product design, prototyping and development, contract and subcontract products and services through to machine tools, systems and equipment.


From Industry 4.0, robotics and automation, to additive manufacturing, skills shortages and the Apprenticeship Levy, this year’s conference programme gives you the content and confidence you need to make sound sourcing and procurement decisions.

Brought to you by the teams behind industry-leading magazines The Engineer and, new for 2017, The Manufacturer, this year’s 36 free-to-attend sessions will lift the lid on the hottest industry developments and the stories behind some of the UK’s most interesting engineering and manufacturing projects.

The full programme is now available to view here, take a look at the sessions and excellent line up of speakers including Jaguar Land Rover, BAE Systems, Ocado, Siemens and Renishaw. Sessions are free to attend and are on a first come first served basis.

For further information and to register click here.

Growing Scotland’s trade with the USA @ Hilton Glasgow
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Meet USA trade experts in Glasgow for a ‘whistle-stop’ of Scotland’s top international export destination.


This Scottish North American Business Council event, delivered with partners including Scottish Enterprise, will offer a quick, practical introduction to international trade opportunities in the USA.


Significant opportunities exist for Scottish firms across a range of key sectors, including:

  • Energy and renewables
  • Electronics
  • Food and drink
  • Financial services
  • Life sciences
  • Textiles
  • Tourism

Event programme

The day will focus on all aspects of trading with the USA including:

  • Getting started and who to contact for tailored support
  • How to research your market
  • How to identify routes to market
  • Financing your trade and getting paid
  • Legal aspects of trading in the USA
  • Protecting your intellectual property in the USA
  • Meet and quiz other Scottish businesses already growing in the USA

Full agenda will be published shortly.


Eligibilty: All Scottish companies interested in doing business in the USA. Not for intermediaries or suppliers of international trade services.


To register for the event, please visit Eventbrite.

Supplier Development Programme – 2.4 Understanding Community Benefits and Sustainability @ Enterprise Hub (Glenrothes)
Jun 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sustainable procurement is a vital element of public sector procurement. As well as environmental issues it also includes social issues such as equality and diversity, and fair and ethical trading, plus economic issues including opportunities for SMEs and the third sector.

This workshop is particularly recommended for third sector organisations

Key topics:

  • What is sustainable procurement?
  • Procurement for supported businesses and the third sector
  • Community benefits
  • Living wage
  • Being a “Best practice employer”
  • Life cycle costing
  • Delivering “Added Value”
  • Corporate social responsibility

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have a good understanding of public sector procurement (completed Level 1 or have equivalent experience)
  •  You want to understand how best to demonstrate community benefit in your bid

Registration from 9.30am

Book your space here.

Get Paid – International Payments Workshop @ Business Gateway Fife Offices
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

For your business to be successful you need to be paid.

But payment preferences can differ from country to country.

Open to all Scottish businesses with international growth ambitions, this free workshop will let you explore the difference methods available for accepting international payments and give you the change to have your questions answered by international trade experts.

Click for more information and to register at the workshop which is being organised by Scottish Enterprise.

Check out the other events and workshops being run over the next couple of months by Scottish Enterprise along with its new free workshops about International eCommerce.

Vision & what that means for your business – 1st of 4 Women’s Leadership Development Programme Workshops @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Vision & What That Means for Your Business is the first of four events making up a new women’s leadership development programme.


Organised by Women’s Enterprise Scotland in conjunction with Fife Council Economic Development. Administered and Business Gateway Fife, the event will be delivered at the new Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes.


The first session will allow participants to build their vision of what growth and success looks like for them in the context of their business and their life. It aims to enable you to set growth goals and articulate your visions:


  • Using models to aid organisational design and development.
  • Analyse your business structure to check for governance and agility.
  • Align your business strategy, people and processes to your values and mission.


Book your place now.

Business Bootcamp @ Fife College
Jun 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Organised by Fife College in conjunction with Acorn Enterprise, this Business Bootcamp aims to both inspire students to consider running their own business and also challenge existing business owners to think differently, bigger and to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset.


For further information and to book your free ticket email



Offshore Europe @ AECC, Aberdeen
Sep 5 – Sep 8 all-day

SPE Offshore Europe is Europe’s leading Exploration and Production (E&P) event.
Engage directly with technical experts from more than 1,500 suppliers on the exhibition floor, from international market leaders to innovative new technology companies.

Stand packages from £1,750-£4,750 + VAT are available on the Fife Group Stand being organised by Fife Council’s Economic Development Team:

  • We will project manage end to end solutions, leaving you to focus on your business and your customers
    You can take advantage of Economic Development project managing group stand
    Professional exhibition workshops cover everything you need to know from pre-event planning right through to post show evaluation
    We will support and include your business in local and national PR pre and post the exhibition.

First time exhibitors may be able to claim up to 50% of eligible costs (to a maximum of £2,000) as part of Fife Council’s Market Development Programme Funding.

To book a place on this course email  

NOTE: This events takes place from the 5th September to the 7th September at the times of 9.30-18.00, and 9.30-14.00 on the 8th September.