Supply Design reaches finals of prestigious Deep Tech Awards

Supply Design has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious 2018 TechWorks Awards.


The Rosyth-based company is a finalist in the Power Electronics Innovation Award category of the Techworks Awards 2018 – the highest accolade in the UK ‘Deep Tech’ Industry.


Marc Brand, Director of Business Development at Supply Design said: “We are thrilled to be a finalist in the Power Electronics Innovation Award category of these prestigious awards.  To be nominated alongside industry leaders McLaren and AVL demonstrates the level of innovation our team is delivering to the market.  Supply Design and partners Iceotope are working hard to deliver new high-performance technology to the market and we are delighted to be rewarded with this recognition of the hard work we have been doing over the years.”


Supply Design, established in 2001, designs and develops high performance power converters for industrial and harsh environment applications, offering consultancy and power product development services to a range of companies.


The technology being recognised in these awards is a collaboration between Supply Design and Iceotope in Sheffield for the work combining power and liquid cooling patents which are revolutionising the High-Performance Computing (HPC) and ExaScale Computing world.


The TechWorks Awards recognise excellence in the new ‘deep tech’  industry that is driving the tech economy and becoming such a strategic part of the UK’s future.  This year’s winners will be announced today, 22 November.


TechWorks is the UK’s leading deep tech industry association whose focus is building a better and stronger tech ecosystem in the UK, helping to connect brilliant ideas with partnerships and investments that accelerate speed and enhance routes to market and profitability.

Fife chosen as UK base by global train manufacturer

Fife Council welcomed the announcement by Talgo SA, a global train manufacturer and technology firm, that it plans to locate its UK manufacturing base in the Kingdom.


With tough national competition, Fife was announced as the preferred location for the construction of the major new factory, which will potentially employ up to 1,000 people across Scotland.


Providing Talgo is successful in its bid for the HS2 rail contract, the factory is expected to be built by 2021. The factory will provide Talgo with a modern, bespoke and easily accessible site – not just to the rest of the UK, but internationally.


Councillor David Ross, Co-Leader of Fife Council, said: “We, along with the Scottish Government and our partners, very much welcome this investment news, which is truly fantastic for Fife and testimony to the support that has been given by our communities and businesses in South West Fife.


“Fife has a strong and proud manufacturing tradition which continues today. The announcement by Talgo is further testimony to the attractiveness of Fife as a manufacturing base. I’m particularly pleased that all the hard work that has gone into the search for a new user for the Longannet site has paid off. This is great news for Fife and the whole of central Scotland.”


Councillor David Alexander, Co-Leader of Fife Council, added: “This is the second affirmation of Fife’s enterprise excellence we’ve had this month. Fife is now the Most Enterprising Place in Britain and today it’s been recognised, once more, by a leading global manufacturer – as the prime location in Scotland for inward investors.”


By announcing Longannet as the preferred UK site, Talgo has also committed to training, developing local supply chain business opportunities and the use of the factory to service UK and international orders, thereby increasing use of local ports.


Fife Council reaches the finals of the Living Wage Scotland Awards

Fife Council is delighted to have been recognised by Living Wage Scotland as a finalist in their 2018 awards.


The Council became an accredited Living Wage employer in 2016.  In recognition of its role in championing the Living Wage, it was shortlisted for the Scottish Living Wage 2018 Anchor Institution Award.


The Living Wage Scotland 2018 Award Winners and Finalists

More than 2,000 of Fife Council’s employees benefit from the Scottish Local Government Living Wage.  Like others, the Council has financial challenges to address, but it sees its Scottish Living Wage accreditation as a positive step to creating a fairer Fife.


Fife Council is committed to making a positive difference to people’s lives, a commitment that doesn’t stop with its own employees.  Following the publication of the Fairer Fife Commission’s report in 2014, it set the ambition of helping Fife become a Living Wage region and will be working with local businesses to support them to achieve Living Wage accreditation.


For more information about the Living Wage and how to get accredited as a Living Wage Employer visit the Scottish Living Wage website.

Fife on international stage at Energy event

Invest in Fife recently attended Ocean Energy Europe (OEE) 2018 at the EICC last week in Edinburgh.


The event is billed as the most important event in the ocean energy sector calendar with over 400 professionals from all parts of the industry across Europe.


Fife Council’s Invest in Fife team put the region on the international stage once again with a stand at OEE2018.


Councillor Altany Craik, Convenor of Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “Fife was recently crowned most ‘Enterprising Place in Britain’ 2018, fighting off competition across the UK, proving that this region is an excellent location for investment and growth.


“Our stand at Ocean Energy Europe OEE2018 showcased the expertise and the massive potential for the energy sector in Fife.


“Fife Council has a good track record in encouraging investment in Fife and supporting the development of businesses to help grow a vibrant local economy. We shared our expertise as well as explored a number of business opportunities to help growth and development.”


Iain Shirlaw, Economic Adviser, Invest in Fife, added: “We were delighted that Invest in Fife, Pays de la Loire and the EU Interreg CLIPPER project hosted a joint stand. OEE came back to Scotland in recognition of the skills that have been built up in Fife over the past 10 years.


“Amongst companies attending were those developing products that could be built in Fife by the well-established supply chain. At the pre-conference reception Alan Duncan of Scotia supply chain, talked about how he is working with Electricite de France, who now own the Neart na Gaoithe wind farm off the coast of Fife, to ensure that as many local companies as possible benefit from the work being contracted.


“There are many opportunities for Fife companies to develop their capability as they progress their own offshore energy industries. We met with suppliers and customers from across Europe. It was a great opportunity for Fife companies to secure new business as the sector shows renewed growth across the world.”


The annual Ocean Energy Europe Conference & Exhibition is the meeting point for the whole ocean energy sector. Over 400 professionals from all parts of the industry and from over 20 countries came to meet the right people and get an update on the sector’s latest news.



Longannet site reaches final factory shortlist

Fife Council welcomes the announcement that Talgo  has shortlisted the former Longannet Power Station site as a potential factory site that could employ up to a thousand people.


Talgo designs and manufactures fast, lightweight trains and operates in 28 countries worldwide.


Councillor David Alexander, Co–Leader of Fife Council said: “We are delighted that Talgo has announced that Longannet is one of only two locations the company has shortlisted to build a state-of-the-art factory.


“We have worked tirelessly with the Scottish Government and partners through the Longannet Task Force to secure Longannet as a preferred site.  We strongly hope that Longannet will be the final preferred location and stand ready with our dedicated investment team – Invest in Fife – to support the Scottish Government, Scottish Development International and Talgo to succeed in bringing this investment to Scotland and Fife.”


Fellow Council Co-Leader David Ross added:  “The Council will do whatever it can to ensure that Longannet is the site chosen in the final selection.  The strengths of the Longannet site are clear given its close proximity to the ports of Rosyth and Grangemouth.  This will be a facility that will manufacture trains and develop world-leading technology, employing up to a thousand people.  Longannet has excellent accessibility, infrastructure and energy supply and has access to a skilled local workforce.  If Longannet is chosen as the final site, it will have a profound positive impact on the economy of Fife and Scotland.”


Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson said: “With potential for significant new jobs and supply chain opportunities, we are delighted that Longannet has been named as one of the final two shortlisted locations for Talgo’s factory.”


“The Scottish Government is working with Talgo and private sector partners across Scotland to ensure maximum benefit from the opportunity that Talgo’s investment represents and looks forward to Talgo’s final decision in the near future.”

Prepare for Brexit

Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, Mike Russell MSP has launched the next phase of the ‘Prepare for Brexit’ campaign, extending the Scottish Government’s support to all Scottlsh businesses.


A new website has been launched.


The  website hosts a specially designed Brexit self-assessment tool which is designed to help you identify how Brexit might affect them.


It also provides bespoke recommendations for action and signposts you to free support, advice and resources any financial support that you might be eligible to claim.


It is also home to a Brexit 15-point checklist, news, articles, access to experts and event listings.


‘Prepare for Brexit’ is a multi-agency campaign that aims to raise awareness among businesses,  providing a one-door service to the advice and support that’s available.


The support on offer will be available to any company, anywhere in Scotland, regardless of size and sector.





Fife Council celebrates ‘Most Enterprising Place in Britain’ win

Fife Council welcomes the two UK Government awards which formally recognise the region as the ‘Most Enterprising Place in Britain’.


Councillor Altany Craik, Convener of Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee collected the honours alongside other council representatives who attended the Ceremony held in the House of Commons in London yesterday (30 Oct 2018).


Fife was named as the winner of two categories: the ‘Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit’ category and overall winner award; marking exceptional economic successes within mid-Fife.


The awards celebrate Fife Council’s achievements in supporting young people to develop entrepreneurial skills, get into education, training or employment and in creating an environment that helps businesses flourish.


These accolades highlight the strength of partnership working within Fife, including that of Fife Task Force established by Fife Council and the Scottish Government during 2015 and the continuing focus placed on partnerships between the private and public sector through the Fife Economy Partnership.


The awards presented to Fife Council were arranged and hosted by the UK Government Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which recognised that with more than 340,000 small businesses in Scotland, entrepreneurship is thriving.

In presenting the category and overall award to Fife, the BEIS Deputy Director for Business Growth, Angie Cannizzaro, said,: “Regions across the UK competed for the coveted title of Most Enterprising Place in Britain at the fifteenth Enterprising Britain Awards, with Fife awarded the top honour this year. In addition to the Most Enterprising Place in Britain award, Fife Council won the Promoting Entrepreneurial Spirit category for its achievements.”


Councillor Altany Craik thanked the BEIS Deputy Director and the award organisers, represented by the President of Investment in Young People (Neville Reyner CBE DL Hon DLitt).


Councillor Craik said, “Fife Council is delighted to accept this award and recognition from the UK Government. We thank our partners including Scottish Government and the Fife Economy Partnership in addition to our schools and young people who have helped us to create fairer economic growth, where everyone benefits by encouraging enterprise, providing good employment opportunities and securing business investment in the region.


“Fife is closely linking education and learning with employers to help us develop our young workforce, get more young people into education, training and employment, and empower future business leaders.


“These awards show what can be achieved by applying an innovative approach to supporting businesses. We are fully committed to continually improving the prospects for our young workforce and in supporting the growth of enterprise across Fife.”


The Fife Council submission highlighted enterprise-led regeneration across Mid Fife including in Glenrothes and joint working within the Council and the Fife Economy Partnership to develop an innovative Culture of Enterprise Framework that connects the school curriculum, employability and local businesses to provide young people with the tools to develop enterprise skills – including innovation, problem solving, creativity and confidence. Fife’s Enterprise Learning Journey is benefiting school pupils (primary and secondary), young adults and business leaders.


The award recognised Fife Council’s joint working with the Scottish Government on the Fife Task Force, which aims to move the local economy forward and create jobs and modern, business-friendly infrastructure, including an Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes. The Hub offers a up ‘one-stop-shop’ approach to providing business services and has enabled Fife to host the first Women’s Enterprise Scotland Female Leadership Programme – encouraging diversity in entrepreneurship.

From right to left: Neville Reyner CBE DL Hon DLitt; George Sneddon; Councillor Altany Craik; Peter Grant MP; Angie Cannizzaro.




Approval for projects aiming to boost Kirkcaldy area economy

Four project proposals, identified as being beneficial to Kirkcaldy area’s local economy, have been approved by the Kirkcaldy Area Committee.


Earlier this year, a one-off £1 million allocation was made to support economic development in Mid-Fife. The funding has been split equally across the four committee areas and Kirkcaldy Area Committee allocated their £245,000 today with the remaining £5,000 to support a strategic economic development plan for Mid-Fife.


More than half of the funding allocated to Kirkcaldy will be used to transform the former ‘Made in Naples’ large vacant unit in the Adam Smith Merchants’ Quarter. Led by the Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions Partnership, the 2,600 sq. ft unit will be turned into a skills development and enterprise space.


It will house a training café / bistro that will support the development of at least 48 trainees each year into Fife’s hospitality, tourism and retail sectors.


Flexible trading space for up to 20 small independent businesses will also be provided so that businesses who want to make the leap from ‘home to high street’ can do so.


Business Gateway will provide on-site support to help businesses grow and thrive with a view to taking on other vacant units within town, adding new dimensions to the town centre mix.


The unit will also house a small artisan food hall with locally produced food from Fife being on offer.


Funding has been earmarked for a Mitchelston Masterplan to improve the business profile and attractiveness of Mitchelston Industrial Estate. It will also consider how to re-allocate town centre appropriate uses to vacant town centre properties.


A High Street shopfront and building repair scheme will be set up offering support to 15 to 20 businesses. Improvement works will be carried out to tired and inconsistent shop fronts in partnership with Kirkcaldy 4 All.


A contribution towards a wider study examining the potential for shore side infrastructure to support tourism growth has also been approved, as part of the wider Burntisland Tourism Infrastructure Project.


Cllr Neil Crooks, Convener of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee said, “Obviously the recent M&S closure announcement is extremely disappointing. Now more than ever we need to progress these sorts of projects that look to deliver new solutions for our High Street and support local businesses.


“It’s a pressure being felt on High Streets up and down the country but I’m pleased that the challenges faced by the Mid-Fife economy are being recognised through this funding. There are opportunities here to deliver quite quickly on projects that have the potential to increase employment and reduce vacant business premises.”


Securing the future of Fife’s engineering and manufacturing sector

As part of Fife Business Week 2018, Developing The Young Workforce (DYW) Fife is hosting a free breakfast briefing on the importance of getting young people career ready and other issues crucial to the future of Fife’s engineering and manufacturing sector.


The event is taking place on 6 November, 8.00- 11.00, at the Dean Park Hotel, Kirkcaldy – business owners and managers, as well as those with responsibility for recruitment, from across Fife are welcome to attend.


The interactive workshop and networking event will look at recruiting a young workforce, future employment strategies that meet the needs of the sector and issues around getting more women into Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) focused careers, as well as celebrating successes.


Cllr Altany Craik, Fife Council’s Convener – Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “This event is a great opportunity for businesses to come along, make new contacts and learn practices that will add something to their business. Find out how a more inclusive young workforce can benefit your business, and also how businesses, the education sector and the Council can work together better to attract and retain talent, and identify local skills gaps and employer demand.


“Developing and supporting Fife’s young people is so important for everyone and this event will celebrate the work that has been done so far, and mark out the opportunities that can be taken to do even more for our young people. We want even more partners to come on board – it’s good for our young people, and it’s good for the future of Fife’s businesses.”


Speakers include well-known Fife business people, such as Bob Garmory, Purvis Group, Sarah Jardine, Senior Director of Manufacturing, Optos and John Penman, Managing Director, Fife Fabrications.


Issues set to be tackled at the event:

  • Talent – developing the pipeline, addressing skills gaps and meeting employer needs.
  • Innovation – How Fife’s engineering and manufacturing businesses can identify and retain young talent.
  • Spreading the benefits – How schools and employers can work together to build the talent pipeline.


Bob Garmory, Chair of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Fife, added: “Your future workforce is currently being educated in Fife’s schools. It is everyone’s responsibility to develop future employees and shape the workforce that we need.


“Fife’s Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Board is a business-led partnership that represents a wide range of employers – from small enterprises to multinationals, who are seeking to raise awareness about the range of programmes that businesses can access, to support the development of our future workforce.”


Find out more about the event here and discover more events as part of Fife Business Week 2018.

Last call for entries to the 2019 Fife Business Awards

There’s only just over a week for submitting an entry to the 2019 Fife Business Awards before the closing date next Friday (2nd November).


Celebrating the most successful and forward-thinking businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Fife, the awards are open to organisations of all types and sizes, and from all sectors of trade, commerce and the third sector.


This year sees new and revised categories to better reflect the broad range of businesses and not-for-profit organisations operating in Fife.


For the first time, you can also nominate an organisation you think deserves to win.


There’s never been a better time, nor more reasons to enter, so make sure you submit your entry – or nominate another great business you know – before the closing date (midnight on Friday 2 November).


For more information on the award categories visit