Fife Freight Commodity Workshop @ Adam Smith Theatre
Aug 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Freight Transport Association, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Fife Council and the Scottish Government all recognise the significant contribution that the rail freight industry can make to the Scottish economy. Rail freight offers a safer and more sustainable way of transporting vital goods and materials, supporting jobs across the country.

These partners are pleased to invite you to a half-day rail freight workshop which will look at the role of rail freight in the logistics chain and how rail could potentially assist your business.The workshop is being held on 28 August 2018 at the Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy.

Refreshments will be provided on arrival and the workshop will be followed by a networking lunch.

The workshop aims to shine a light on the benefits of using rail freight and follows the publication of Delivering Your Goods, a Guide to the Benefits of Using Rail Freight.

Attendees will get the opportunity to speak directly with industry representatives, hear about rail in the domestic, deep-sea, European and world-wide logistics chain and learn in detail about how rail freight has already benefited other companies.

Invitation can be viewed here.


Women’s Enterprise Scotland Leadership Masterclasses 4 of 4 – Leading for Success @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The final in a series of four workshops comprising the 2018 Fife Women’s Leadership Programme.


A repeat of the successful pilot held download the programme flyer for more Fife last year, the 12 month programme is designed specifically for female business owners in Fife who wish to grow their business and involves four workshops accompanied by online content and support – download the programme flyer for more information.


Co-ordinated by Business Gateway Fife on behalf of Fife Council’s Economic Development Team, the workshops will be delivered by Women’s Enterprise Scotland.


This workshop will help you put together all of the knowledge and skills from earlier sessions to develop your own action plan for growth.


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The other workshops in the programme take place on:


Brexit: Explore scenarios and get your business ready @ Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce
Sep 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Led by Mike Josypenko, Senior Director of Special Projects at the Institute of Export & International Trade, this event will provide an overview of how Brexit will impact various business sectors by exploring possible scenarios. Get tips on how to get prepared to face each of them.

This event is hosted by Scottish Development International in partnership with the following organisations:

  • Fife Economy Partnership
  • Tay Cities International Partnership
  • Fife, Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce
  • Business Gateway
  • Institute of Export and International Trade

The event will cover the implications of Brexit on EU trade, wider implications on international trade, as well as planning and preparation. It will also give you the opportunity to ask more specific questions related to the consequences of Brexit on your business.

2.1 Tender Procedures and the ESPD @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Understand the various types of tender and examine the new ESPD at this Level 2 (Intermediate) workshop.

The first half of this intermediate-level workshop covers the various types of tender procedures in detail, including processes and timescales. The second half deals with the selection stage and completing the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) [ formerly the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire PQQ]

Key topics:

  • Tender threshold values
  • Procedures and Timescales
  • Filling in an ESPD form
  • Reasons for exclusion
  • Selection criteria
  • Contracts terms and conditions

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have a basic understanding of public sector procurement (completed Level 1 or have equivalent experience)
  • You want to improve your chances of passing the ESPD and ITT stages

Registration from 9.30am

Technical Export Training @ Flexspace, John Smith Business Park
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The importance of understanding and correctly completing export documentation is crucial for any business trading internationally. The delay of getting the goods to your customer seriously effects your reputation and the increased costs have an influence on your profit margins. The country or customer requirements need to be recognised before an order is accepted, as some form of documentation will be required even if you sell on an ex works basis. HM Revenue and Customs will require evidence of removal and the mandatory obligations are not to be ignored even if the procedure is outsourced.

This course provides an in-depth look at export processes and requirements, giving delegates a more-detailed view of the exporting processes. Commencing with the initial enquiry, moving through the contractual and legislative requirements, and concluding with securing payment, this course delivers an end-to-end guide to exporting.

Workshop programme in detail:

  • Establishing the contract and the importance of Incoterms®
  • Export Licences – rules and obligations
  • Understanding Commodity Codes and how to find them
  • Making an export declaration
  • Duty and Customs Procedures with Economic Impact
  • Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status
  • The Rules of Origin and the use of Certificates of Origin
  • Preparing a Commercial Invoice include and other relevant documents
  • Understanding VAT and INTRASTAT
  • Getting paid using a Letter of Credit

Course outcome:
By the end of the course, delegates will have a technical competence in the export process sufficient to enable them to make a productive contribution to the efficient working of an export office.

Who should attend:
The course is aimed at managers and staff in the accounts, export sales, and logistic departments who need to understand the technical requirements of international trade procedures.

This course is funded by the Fife Economy Partnership therefore places are limited to one person per company.  Numbers are limited and on a first come first served basis.  Registration is open from 9am with the course starting at 9.30am.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided and the course should finish by 4.30pm.

This event is part of a Programme of Workshops and Training being delivered as part of the Fife Economy Partnership in conjunction with Fife Council Economic Development, Fife Chamber of Commerce, Business Gateway Fife and Scottish Development International to support businesses accessing new markets.

2.2 Finding and Understanding Framework Opportunities @ Carnegie Conference Centre
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Find out everything you need to know about framework opportunites at this Level 2 (Intermediate) workshop

Frameworks are an integral part of public procurement and can be a lucrative source of business, but it’s essential to understand the Agreement. This workshop explains the types of frameworks available and what you can expect from them.

A speaker from Scotland Excel, the Centre of Procurement Expertise for the local government sector, will be in attendance at this event to discuss their framework contracts and how they work with SMEs in Scotland.

Key topics:

  • What is a Framework Agreement
  • What frameworks exist in Scotland
  • Methods of use
  • Your expectations and rights as a supplier

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have a basic understanding of public sector procurement (completed Level 1 or have equivalent experience)
  • You are considering applying to get on a Framework Agreement

Registration from 9.30am

2.3 Improving Your Bid Score @ FlexSpace Kirkcaldy
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This Level 2 (Intermediate) workshop will help you get the highest possible score in your tender bid

Getting the highest possible score in your bid is essential to winning a contract, but it can be difficult to know what exactly the buyer is looking for. This workshop will provide an insight into buyers’ needs and expectations and ensure you’re winning points

Key topics:

  • Understanding the client
  • Finding information (including Freedom of Information requests)
  • Asking questions
  • Bid writing skills
  • Pricing your bid
  • Award Criteria and Weightings
  • Quality vs.Cost
  • Get top tips on writing a winning bid

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 improve your bid score

Registration from 9.30am

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