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 shelley@interface-online.org.uk

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.

Encouraging and Managing Innovation – Fife Leadership Masterclass @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Jun 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

As part of a series of Leadership Masterclass events in Fife, Encouraging and Managing Innovation gives an introduction to what it means to be an innovative organisation. This includes how to realise and commercialise innovative ideas within the participants business and in collaboration with partners.


This is the second of four Leadership Masterclasses, delivered in partnership with Fife Council Economic Development, Napier University and Business Gateway Fife. These sessions have been designed for SME business owners, managers and leaders.


The content of the Masterclass includes:

  • An introduction and exploration of innovation;
    An overview of what innovation can mean for you;
    How you can innovate;
    Innovation models – From idea to reality;
    And, how to manage innovation.


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 bryanmccabe@fife.ac.uk



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 dorothy.smith@fife.gov.uk  

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. 

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.