Extreme Weather Workshop @ ORACLE
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Find out how to improve your business’s resilience in the face of extreme weather events.


Get advice from representatives of The Met Office, Police Scotland, Transport Scotland and the Royal Bank of Scotland at a free workshop organised by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre with the support of the Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership (TACtran) and the South East Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran).


Click to apply for your free ticket, which includes lunch.

Multi Sector Market Visit to Italy @ Milan and Turin, Italy
Feb 3 @ 12:00 am – Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm

Explore opportunities for your business on this five-day multi-sector market visit to Milan and Turin.


The visit organised by Scottish Enterprise will give you an introduction to doing business in Italy and is part of the starter market programme aimed at non, new and early-stage exporters.


Registration is now open for support to join Scottish Enterprise’s Scottish delegation.


For more information or to request an application form contact nicola.reynolds@scotent.co.uk


The deadline for applications is Monday 17 December 2018.


Fife Chamber of Commerce Edinburgh Airport Briefing & Business Breakfast @ DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh
Feb 8 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Edinburgh Airport is the biggest and busiest airport in Scotland and one of the fastest growing in the UK.  it has a huge role supporting the Scottish economy and its continued success will be a critical driver in the future prosperity of Fife.


At this business breakfast organised by Fife Chamber of Commerce, Edinburgh Airport’s Managing Director, Gordon Dewar, will explain how the airport plans to continue to grow and support the economy through airspace changes, expansion and new route development.



Attendance is free for members of the Chamber and £10 for non members.  Click for more information and to book your place.

Technical Export Training @ Fife Chamber of Commerce
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The importance of understanding and correctly completing export documentation is crucial for any business trading internationally.  Any delay in getting the goods to your customer seriously effects your reputation and the increased costs have an influence on your profit margins.


This one-day course provides an in-depth look at export processes and requirements, giving delegates a more detailed view of the exporting processes.


The day will deliver an end-to-end guide to exporting, from the initial enquiry, through contractual and legislative requirements, concluding with securing payment.


The course is aimed at managers and staff in the accounts, export sales and logistic departments.


Numbers are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


The event is part of a programme of workshops and training being delivered by Fife Council Economic Development, Fife Chamber of Commerce, Business Gateway Fife and Scottish Development International to support businesses to access new markets.


Click for more information and to book your place.



Business growth from Research-based Innovation and Networking @ The Old Course Hotel
Feb 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Some of the most commercially-successful innovative products and services we know today have come about as a result of taking research done at universities or in companies to the marketplace.

Google’s search engine, seat belts, GPS, Saccharin, Web browsers, computers, LCD screens, Lithium-Ion batteries, LEDs, solar power, warfarin, ultrasound and medical scanners all began as purely knowledge-driven research before later being commercialised.

All companies seek to gain sustainable competitive advantage over their competitors through innovation-driven product or service development. Working with a university to use its research to drive that innovation is often cheaper and faster than trying to create the relevant competencies internally. But how do you make the links to find the right people to work with?

Alternatively, how do you get the funding to create your own innovation internally via R&D? These are the questions this event will set out to answer for you.


Expert: Dr Lorna Howarth, Knowledge Transfer Advisor for Fife & Tayside, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

Lorna is a highly-experienced knowledge transfer and open innovation specialist who’s spent a decade developing and managing business-led innovation projects through partnerships with specialists from universities and research institutes in the UK and overseas.
Lorna provides support to compnies wishing to benefit from grant funding offered by the UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership program.
Lorna previously worked in the Sultanate of Oman as a Senior Industrial Innovation Consultant for eight years. Her career has spanned both the public and private sectors since achieving a PhD in Biogeochemistry in 2007.


Expert: Paul Kyle, CIK Solutions

A practical, results-driven business consultant, Paul works with businesses to drive performance and organisational optimisation. His specialisms include R&D Tax Credits.

Paul’s work experience spans both the public and private sectors – with involvement in start-up ventures, franchises and commercial management roles within large national and international companies as well as a role in Economic Development for 13 years.

This afforded Paul experience in leading initiatives on inward investment, business growth and development, international trade, European funding and sectoral development.

Paul is educated to MBA level with associated diplomas in business advice and counselling.


Why you should attend

In this event you will learn:

  • How to connect with researchers and have your business benefit from knowledge transfer.
  • Benefits to businesses and academics
  • A deeper understanding of how innovation within business can be funded – specifically the value of HMRC’s R&D Tax Credit scheme as a source of funding.

This is a joint event with Business Gateway Fife. It provides a wide range of support and advice to individuals looking to set up in business, and newly formed and existing businesses looking to grow and develop. Go to its website for details.



Book your place by 12:00 Tuesday 12 February 2019.

N.B. Please notify the Club by email of any dietary requirements by the same day. You can also do this when you booking via Eventbrite.

PLEASE NOTE – Photos of attendees will be taken at this event and published on the Club’s social media channels. You can let us know if you don’t want to have your picture published.


There is free car parking at the hotel.

If you can’t get somewhere there, there is a large car park nearby at Petheram Bridge Google Maps – https://goo.gl/maps/3BtfNrqYcw32

Do you have questions about Business growth from Research-based Innovation + Networking? Contact St Andrews Business Club

Selling your business? Why not sell to your employees? @ The Lighthouse
Feb 20 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Planning to sell your business?


Come along to this event organised by Scottish Enterprise to find out whether an employee buyout could work for your business.


Hear luxury resort Auchrannie and design and digital agency P4P explain what they considered in choosing employee ownership and how things have worked for them.


Andrew Harrison, Co-ownership Solutions, will also talk through all ownership succession options, including employee ownership.


Click for more information and to book your place.


This is the final in a series of four workshops organised by Scottish Enterprise which explore succession planning and employee ownership.  Click for information on the programme.

Workplace Innovation – Creating the right working environment @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Feb 21 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Find out how to improve productivity and efficiency in your business through Workplace Innovation – change driven by people to develop new, improved ways of working.


This is the second event in a series of three Workplace Innovation Workshops run by Scottish Enterprise and Business Gateway.


At this interactive workshop on creating the right working environment through Place, find out how you can:

  • Create a workspace people look forward to coming to every day.
  • Develop a culture that fits with your business’ core values.
  • Foster a sense of collaboration and encourage open innovation.
  • Successfully navigate and integrate appropriate IT solutions to improve productivity and growth.


The workshops are practical in nature and at the end you will have at least 1 action/idea you can take away and develop in your own business.


These workshops are suitable for business leaders within growing businesses in Scotland who are presently dealing with issues around the above topics such as leadership, staff engagement and culture.


Find out more and book your place here.

Packaging Innovations 2019, Birmingham – Learning Journey @ NEC, Birmingham
Feb 27 all-day

Fife Council’s Economic Development Team are organising a one day Learning Journey for businesses to attend Packaging Innovations in Birmingham following a visit earlier this year to the London Show;


  • 27th February 2019 = 8.40am flight – arriving in Birmingham at 9.55am (show starts at 10am)
  • 27th February 2019 = 6.35pm flight – arriving in Edinburgh at 7.50pm (show finishes at 5pm)


Packaging Innovations 2019, Birmingham, NEC (27-28 February 2019)


It’s such an exciting time for the packaging industry, as it’s constantly evolving and working to meet consumer demands. New trends are always being uncovered, and that’s why attending Packaging Innovations (inc Ecopack and Contract Pack) is so important to your business. With a special focus on sustainability and innovation, brands and retailers can discover the latest designs, meet the very best suppliers and take their brand to the next level.


All under one roof you can meet over 300 of the industry leading suppliers, listen in on free-to-attend inspiring seminars, plus mingle with your peers in unparalleled networking opportunities.


Co-located with Empack and Label&Print, Packaging Innovations is the unmissable event for any member of the packaging industry looking to take their packaging to the next level. Meet, learn, discuss and create new ideas through an array of show features that will engage, educate, entertain and inspire you!


This will be great opportunity to look at your supply chain and potential future collaboration as well as discovering new trends.  If this is something that would be of interest to you please get in touch with Dot Smith to discuss further.  Limited spaces are available.

Preparing to export for food and drink companies @ Lindores Abbey Distillery
Mar 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Need help to start exporting to grow your food and drink business internationally? Learn more about exporting at our introductory workshop in Newburgh, Fife, on the 12th March, in partnership with Fife Economy Partnership and Tay Cities International Partnership.

The workshop has been designed specifically for food and drink businesses new to exporting. Fast-track your skills, while gaining knowledge of: international market research, routes to market, international finance, contracts and logistics. It’s the perfect primer for a company thinking about international growth.

What are the benefits?

• How to effectively research and exploit international opportunities
• What market entry options are right for your business
• How to effectively navigate export documentation, from developing your international pricing strategy to what currency to be paid in
• How to develop your value proposition for your international customer
• Next steps for your business

You’ll also benefit from having the resources to develop your own international action plan to implement into your business and have the opportunity to network with other food and drink businesses.

Who should attend?

If you’re a food and drink business ready to take on the challenge of developing your business internationally and your export capability, then this is for you. The introductory workshops will take place at Lindores Abbey Distillery, Abbey Rd, Newburgh, Fife, KY14 6HH, from 9am to 5pm on the 12 March 2019.

Find out more and book here.

2.4 Understanding Community Benefits and Sustainability @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Mar 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Understand community benefits and environmental issues at this Level 2 (Intermediate) workshop

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