How to get support to innovate from Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships @ Abertay University Room 1502
Oct 18 @ 9:30 am – 1:45 pm

Find out about the support available from Knowledge Transfer Partnerships  at this event organised by The Knowledge Transfer Network, Abertay University and CeeD.


Innovation can be key to accelerate a business to the next level.  A company may have an innovative idea or challenge that they believe will lead to increased productivity and business growth, but they lack the skills or expertise to develop it.


A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme may be the perfect solution.


Having run for over 40 years, the Knowledge Transfer Partnership is Europe’s leading programme to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology and skills. A KTP links a company to a knowledge base (either a University or Research Organisation) and a capable graduate or post-graduate will be recruited to deliver the project, guided by a team of academic experts.


Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation which helps business-led innovation through grants, loans and connectivity.  The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is a key partner of Innovate UK.


Find out about the technical and financial support available from Innovate UK and The Knowledge Transfer Network and hear from companies who have used the Knowledge Transfer Partnership to transform their business.


Click for more information and to book your place.



Selling your business? Why not sell to your employees? @ Scottish Enterprise
Oct 23 @ 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 oil and gas engineering consultancy Merlin ERD and aerospace engineering company STAR Dundee explain why they chose an employee buyout, and law firm Blackadders give guidance on choosing an exit strategy.


Click for more information and to book your place.


This is the third in a series of four workshops organised by Scottish Enterprise which explore succession planning and employee ownership.  Click to view the remaining workshop/s.

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.

Meet The Minister – Lord Ian Duncan @ Old Course Hotel, St Andrews
Oct 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Meet The Minister – Lord Ian Duncan

– 5.30pm – Networking + Sandwiches, hot & cold drinks

– 6pm – Lord Duncan inc Q&A

– 7pm [Approx] – Networking, sandwiches and drinks

Speaker: Lord Ian Duncan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland

Lord Ian Duncan was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office in June 2017. He supports The Secretary of State for Scotland on ministerial matters by engaging with Scottish stakeholders on a wide range of matters relating to the UK Parliament on a total of 22 Cabinet committees and sub-committees including the National Economic Council, Domestic Affairs, Life Chances, Constitution and Legislation.

Lord Duncan was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales between June and October 2017 and was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in October 2017.

Lord Duncan’s professional background is as a public affairs and media relations professional working for organisations as diverse as BP, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, the Scottish Refugee Council and the Scottish Parliament. In 2014, Lord Duncan was elected to the European Parliament. The Queen conferred a life peerage on Dr Duncan in 2017.

Lord Duncan holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Geology from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in Paleontology from Bristol University. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society and taught at Bristol University. For further biographical information, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/people/ian-duncan

This is a joint-event with Fife Chamber of Commerce. For details of why you should join Fife Chamber and attend its events, go to its website at https://www.fifechamber.co.uk/

Why you should attend:

This will be a very rare opportunity to:

  • Hear about Lord Duncan’s role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland in his own words
  • Listen to reflections from a UK Government Minister on current issues
  • Ask questions about the UK Government’s role in Scotland, its priorities and policies.


Book your place by 12:00 Wednesday October 24.

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

Department for International Development Open for Business Event @ Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

The Department for International Development (DFID), in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, is interested in broadening its list of prospective suppliers, and is inviting Scottish businesses to come along and find out about opportunities overseas.


DFID has recently undertaken a review of its commissioning processes and is interested in improving relationships with prospective suppliers.


This means broadening and developing our supply base by encouraging new entrants, including SME suppliers, into our market so they’re able win business and deliver a huge variety of services across the world.


DFID is interested in speaking with organisations who are willing and able to work in the above disciplines in the following geographical locations, where DFID has offices including: China, Indonesia, Burma, India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Caribbean, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Rwanda and Burundi, Sierra Leone and Liberia.


Further geographical locations are likely to be added to this list as the new partnership between the UK and Africa grows.


By attending the event you’ll find out about the local operating environment and how to access contract opportunities with DFID.


Senior members of DFID’s procurement and commercial team will be on hand, alongside DFID programme staff and representatives from the Department of International Trade (DIT), to answer questions and help you begin your overseas business journey.


Speakers will be highlighting opportunities and procedures, plus there’ll be networking sessions and one-to-ones available with DFID, DIT and Scottish Enterprise regional representatives.


Find out more about the specific sector focus and infrastructure projects.


Registration closes on Monday 29 October. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Businesses are increasingly being asked to commit to provide Community Benefits as part of their bid. This workshop, being delivered as part of Fife Business Week, will give an introduction and overview to community benefits and how your company can deliver them as part of a winning bid. Suitable for all businesses.

Book now!

ScotExport2018 @ The Technology and Innovation Centre
Nov 6 @ 9:15 am – 4:30 pm


ScotExport is coming back to Glasgow on 6th November 2018. Whether you’re new to exporting or already trading overseas, ScotExport brings together the experts, advice and knowledge sharing you’ll need to grow international sales. With over 220 delegates last year and presence from Scotland’s providers of exporting related advice, book now to secure your place.


This year the red ‘Get Set’ stream of sessions is specifically for new or early stage exporters. The green ‘Go Global’ stream is for those companies already exporting. With a range of experts on hand in the Delegate Hub to offer advice and support, we’ll also ‘connect’ you to the right information, insights and advisors to help you take the next steps on your exporting journey.


Sessions include:

  • Selling internationally 101: How to sell to your first market
  • The power of networks in building your global business
  • Targeting success: The essentials of exporting to the Nordics
  • Winning contracts in the Middle East including Expo2020
  • Getting prepared for Brexit: Accessing EU and global opportunities
  • Ecommerce and selling online internationally: A hands-on guide
  • Pitch perfect: How to innovate and get noticed in a global crowd
  • Doing Business in Italy


Why Attend?


  1. Get tailored support from leading industry and market experts
  2. Make new connections to fast-track your growth
  3. Learn how to increase your sales internationally
  4. Access new markets or grow existing markets
  5. Minimise risk of reliance on existing markets
  6. Learn about cultural considerations when trading abroad
  7. Find out what grants and funding are available to help you export
  8. Get practical support to visit potential new markets
  9. Learn how to get the most from selling online
  10. Network with like-minded Scottish businesses


To find out more and register for this event, please visit www.export.scot


FSEN (Fife Social Enterprise Network) Autumn Meeting @ Enterprise Hub Fife (Above RBS)
Nov 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come and join us for another great FSEN (Fife Social Enterprise Network) meeting this Autumn


10:00 – Arrival, Registration, Coffee and Pastries

10:20 – Introduction from Sue

10:25 – Lindsay from Social Investment Scotland (SIS) bringing us the latest news in social investment

10:35 – Chris from Cyrennians telling us about their powerful Conflict Resolution Courses

10:45 – It’s Living Wage Week – Lynne is with us to explain the new recognition model for towns and cities

10:55 – Fraser from Business Gateway to remind you of all the great workshops and free expert help that’s available to our SEs in Fife

11.05 – Sam from SDS will be giving us a brief workshop on Skills for Growth which is a fully funded programme offering ‘deep dive analysis’ for your business

11:15 – Open Mic – Your chance to have your say or promote what you do or entertain us!

11:25 – More coffee, more networking and more cake!

12:00 – Close

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

CENSIS 5th Technology Summit, 8 November 2018 @ Royal Concert Hall
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

CENSIS is Scotland’s centre of excellence for Sensor Systems and the Internet of Things. Now in its fifth year, the Technology Summit attracts hundreds of delegates for a day of presentations, exhibitions and networking.


As part of our campaign to assist Advanced Manufacturing in Fife, Fife Council Economic Development, Centre for Engineering Education and Development (CeeD) and the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Services (SMAS) are supporting and exhibiting at the CENSIS 5th Technology Summit. We recommend you take the opportunity to explore with us the theme of disruptive technologies in Sensor and Imaging Systems and the Internet of Things. Come and join us for a day of exhibition, discussion and debate; listen to the business case for new IoT and sensor-based models for economic growth, meet exhibitors from industry and academia showcasing new technologies and network with key business people and researchers. Suitable for companies that need to use, or interested in accessing sensing or IoT to improve or grow your business and become more competitive.


View the agenda here.


For further information or to book your place please contact Sian Williams sian.williams@censis.org.uk or visit https://lnkd.in/dERuCBJ