Realise the Circular Economy potential of your manufacturing business @ Scottish Enterprise Offices
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Zero Waste Scotland has recently announced grant funding of up to £1million for small and medium sized Scottish businesses (SMEs) to enable the commercialisation of innovative, disruptive and circular approaches to manufacturing.

Join them at one of our interactive July workshops to learn more about this exciting funding opportunity and:

  • Discover what the circular economy means for manufacturing.
  • Find out more about the Circular Economy Investment Fund in the context of manufacturing and how your business could benefit from funding.
  • Network with businesses and academia sharing ideas for potential collaborative projects that could be formed.
  • Learn about other support your business could be entitled to.
  • Ask questions regarding the application process for the fund.

What could the circular economy mean for your business?

Implementing the circular economy in Scotland’s manufacturing sector means rethinking the manufacturing value chain – from design, through to material analysis, to manufacture, then disassembly and remanufacture. This regenerative design approach means that businesses can keep resources in high-value use and continually transform materials into useful and cost-effective products. Advances in technology and software in the digital age are enabling rapid adoption of such new approaches, revolutionising industrial processes, and in turn unlocking the potential of the circular economy.

The investment fund from Zero Waste Scotland and other business support, can help your business make the next step.

Guest speaker Sandy Rodger will set out how manufacturing businesses can make practical sense of the circular economy. Sandy is an engineer and business leader who held senior roles with Unilever and Diageo and led project MainStream – a cross-industry initiative to accelerate business driven innovation in the circular economy at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Book your place today – dates, location and times as follows, full venue details are shown at booking stage:

  • Monday 24 July, Edinburgh 1400-1700
  • Tuesday 25 July, Ayr 1400-1700
  • Wednesday 26 July, Bellshill 1000-1200
  • Thursday 27 July, Inverness 1200-1400
  • Friday 28 July, Dundee 1000-1200

Funding is made available through Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

Product Diversification Clinic @ Carnegie Conference Centre
Aug 9 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am




Leonardo has excelled in the design and manufacture of military avionics products ever since their site at Crewe Toll was quickly constructed during WW2 and the manufacturing of Gyro Gunsights for the Hawker Hurricane was transferred from Manchester to Edinburgh.

Over the last 74 years, geopolitical events have shaped the market demand in this sector, and one of the most significant for the UK Defence Industry was the collapse of the former USSR in the late eighties and early nineties. Soon after this key historical event, the first of two Gulf Wars unfolded and by the end of the second Gulf War, the nature of conflict in some regions of the world had dramatically changed the market demand for avionics. In particular, Leonardo saw an increased demand for radar and heat seeking missile countermeasures and radar surveillance capabilities.

For Leonardo, these events led to diversified customer requirements as they in turn responded to market demand. This presented the company with a number of challenges in new technologies and product capabilities, with ever increasing demands for higher reliability, lower through life costs, and a reduction in size and weight for smaller platforms including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

In response, their engineering design teams have had to diversify their skills and knowledge of emerging technologies to operate within much tighter timescales and budget constraints. Equally, the key suppliers to Leonardo have undergone similar challenges in technology and capability, and been ‘partnered’ with them on this journey of product diversification, particularly over the last ten to fifteen years. Finally, their manufacturing capabilities have been transformed over this period with the establishment of two Manufacturing Centres of Excellence (CoE) in Lasers and Microelectronics. Their employees’ diversity of skills and expertise has ensured that both CoEs are recognised as World Class.

David Graham ( VP Capability Major Air Programmes) and Bill Sinclair ( Industrial Engineering Manager) would like to share how their company has responded to the changing market demands, and how their product diversification has retained and strengthened their position as market leader for the majority of their merchant supply products.

08.30: Registration / Tea & Coffee, light breakfast

09.00: Welcome – Dave Nicholson, CeeD

09.05: Economic Development – Pammy Stevenson

09:15: Diversification – Bill Sinclair Uk Head of Industrial Engineering and David Graham, VP Capability Major Air Programme of Leonardo UK

10:30: Open Forum for discussion and Q&A

11.00: Networking / Tea & Coffee

11:30: Close


Register here

Business Improvement Academy @ Hampden Park
Aug 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
The Business Improvement Academy offers a mix of workshop-based (one-to-few) learning combined with on-site (one-to-one) project work, which will support companies wishing to engage in sustainable continuous improvement by combining improvement tools and techniques with cultural and behavioural change.



Participants of the Academy will become cultural enablers for their business, capable of delivering sustainable improvement through developing employee engagement and embedding supporting behaviours.



The Academy is open to applications from businesses with aspirations for growth, but with particular focus on people with responsibility for enabling change in the business and are keen to secure a higher level of ownership and engagement from their colleagues and for people who wish to clearly understand and better appreciate their own roles in the change process.


Click here to complete your application and find out more.

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. 

Business Improvement Academy: Engaging your people to make change sustainable @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Do you have the ambition to drive continuous improvements in your business, but find the rate of change slow and colleagues’ enthusiasm lacking? You might have tried but found changes to be short-lived, or wonder how you can make sure that your efforts are effective. If any of that applies, then this is the workshop for you.


The Business Improvement Academy is a new innovative approach to improving your productivity by combining business improvement and behavioural change.


A mix of workshop based learning combined with on-site project work will support ambitious companies wishing to drive sustainable continuous improvement. This event will show you how this can be done by combining improvement tools and techniques with cultural and behavioural change.


The Business Improvement Academy is open to applications from food and drink businesses with aspirations of growth.


You must commit to one day per week for the first six weeks. This includes group based learning as well as a visit to a best practice company. These set dates are listed below. After that the support is incredibly flexible as the practitioner comes to you, onsite in your business on a day and time that suits you.

  • Day 1 – 5 September
  • Day 2 – 6 September
  • Day 3 – 13 September
  • Day 4 – 21 September
  • Day 5 – 28 September
  • Day 6 – 5 October
  • Day 7 – 12 October
  • Days 8 and 9 to be confirmed
  • Day 10 – 7 December


The cost is £450 (excluding VAT) per person and companies will be invoiced in advance.


Click here to book on the event and find out more.

Insight to the German market – Webinar @ Online
Sep 7 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

A great opportunity to gain valuable insight into how to do business in Germany. Join this insightful webinar to uncover fresh opportunities to grow your business in Germany.


This webinar will provide an overview of the German market, opportunities in key sectors, and the dos and don’ts for first time exporters.


Tap into our valuable networks by connecting with our local market specialists based in Germany:

  • Johannes Augustin – Senior manager EMEA
  • Katharina Krähahn – Life sciences
  • Meinolf Otto – Renewable energy
  • Peter Toholt – Food and drink
  • Alexandra Mulcahy – Technology and engineering


Click here to register for this event.

Leadership & Motivating Others – 2nd of 4 Women’s Leadership Development Programme Workshops @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The second of four workshops comprising a 12 month Women’s Leadership Development Programme being delivered by Women’s Enterprise Scotland in conjunction with Fife Council Economic Development.


Administered and supported by Business Gateway Fife, the programme is being delivered at the new Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes.


The Lead With Women’s Enterprise Scotland programme is designed for women business owners wishing to lead their business through growth to become sustainable.
The programme is designed to help businesswomen increase their confidence in leadership by enabling them to strategically analyse their business against their vision for the future, develop, implement and evaluate strategies to grow their business using models and tools. It will also help you identify their your leadership style and develop your leadership and management skills to fully embed your learning in their business.


The programme is looking to work with female business owners who wish to build confidence and business capability.


Whether you have a large team or are a sole trader, this workshop will look at leadership styles and communication skills to enable you to communicate assertively and with confidence. It will help you to create your own personal development plan to build your confidence in leadership:
• Build on communication and motivation skills to lead a team or work with stakeholders
• Understand how to develop your leadership skills and adapt your leadership style
• Communicate clearly, assertively and with confidence with all levels of your organisation.


Click for more information and to book your place.

Supplier Development Programme – Meet the Buyer 2017 @ Hampden Park
Sep 28 all-day

Register now for this year’s Meet the Buyer event

Register for your FREE delegate passes to Scotland’s largest public procurement event.

The Public Sector in Scotland spends £11bn a year. This event is your opportunity to speak directly to purchasers and decision-makers from over 40 public sector organisations as well as making key contacts with a number of tier 1 contractors who have supply chain opportunities. In total, over 60 buying organisations will be present on the day.

The event will give you an opportunity to find out more about the public sector tendering process and will provide key tips on how to improve your businesses chance of success.

You can also attend a series of workshops on a number of business development topics and speak directly to a number of business support agencies for advice and support on how to develop all aspects of your business.

Register here.

Meet the Buyer Leaflet can be viewed here.

Fife Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner 2017 @ Fairmont St Andrews
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm


Andrea Pozzi, The European Managing Director of global drinks giant C&C Group, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Annual Dinner.


250 business, community and political leaders and opinion formers are expected to attend the evening which starts with a drinks reception at 7pm.


Tickets can be purchased individually at £85+VAT each (£95+VAT for non-members) or in tables of ten.  The price includes a three-course dinner and half a bottle of wine per person.  Dress code is Black Tie.


Click here to book your tickets or call 01592 647740.

Materials and Manufacturing Innovation Roadshows @ Advanced Forming Research Centre
Oct 10 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are you working on innovative solutions that could solve materials and manufacturing problems faced by the Oil and Gas Industry?


The Advanced Forming Research Centre will be hosting the ‘Materials and Manufacturing Innovation Roadshow’  in Glasgow on 10th October 2017, on behalf of the Industry Technology Facilitator and the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, looking for innovative technologies and solutions from organisations and experts outside of the oil and gas industry to address challenges in Asset Integrity, Small Pools, Well Construction and Decommissioning presented by Key Operators and Service Companies and the Oil and Gas Authority.

To find out more about the Roadshow and register here.

Download promotional flyer here.