New App launched to showcase Fife to visitors

Welcome to Fife has launched a new App this week to showcase the extensive variety of trails around Fife, making the kingdom easier for visitors to explore.


Developed to entice Fife’s growing number of visitors to unlock some of the kingdom’s best kept secrets, the App features nearly 50 trails providing amazing adventures and quality visitor experiences for people of all interests and ages.


The App, which is available on Google Play (Android) and the App Store (Apple), will feature trails including Outlander, Golf Gourmet, Arts & Crafts, Brewing and Distilleries as well as accessible and seasonal trails. It also includes five trails specifically aimed at the growing number of cruise passengers visiting the Kingdom.


Alistair Bruce, Chair of the Fife Tourism Partnership said:


“Fife has so much to offer and the App will give its regular, new and potential visitors an insight in to what’s available to see, do, visit and sample in our fantastic region. The Welcome to Fife App highlights what it is that makes Fife so special to visitors.


“From the region’s many diverse tourism businesses ranging from distilleries to world-leading golf courses, as well as its stunning coastline and scenery, the App makes this information easily accessible online.”


For more information visit the Fife Tourism Partnership’s website.


Leven receives further town centre regeneration boost

An unsightly derelict area of Leven has been transformed into affordable housing as part of the town centre’s regeneration programme.


Alan Russell, Fife Council’s Senior Housing Manager said, “It’s great to see people settling into new, good quality, rented accommodation that fits their needs.  Over the last five years Fife Council has invested over £150m in affordable housing across Fife and, despite significant financial challenges, we will continue to invest in more good quality housing to meet local needs.”


Alan Russell (middle) visits North Street Leven

“Not only are these new homes transforming the lives of the tenants who move into them, it’s freeing up their old homes for rent to others in housing need too.”



The development at North Street comprises 14 units which are a mix of one and two-bedroomed room cottage flats and two and three bedroomed houses.  The remaining properties are expected to be completed around mid-June.


Scottish Enterprise Chair to address Fife Chamber AGM

Bob Keiller, Chairman of Scottish Enterprise, will be the keynote speaker at Fife Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting.

As part of this speech, Mr Keiller will give his outlook on the domestic and international challenges Fife businesses face during the Brexit process.

As the UK begins the process of formally leaving the EU and the single market, the prospects for Fife’s businesses is uncertain. It is not just companies that trade internationally that will be affected by Brexit, it will be felt much more widely. No business in Fife should assume that Brexit won’t have a direct impact.
Fife Chamber’s Chief Executive Alan Mitchell said:

“At Fife Chamber, we always want to create platforms for Fife’s businesses to hear from and question the key influencers and decision makers who shape public policy. Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International will play a critical role in helping businesses address the domestic and international challenges that are coming up as we go through the Brexit process. The only thing that businesses can do to prepare themselves to cope with the post-Brexit world, whatever it looks like, is to make sure that they get their company into the best shape possible.

“I am sure that Bob, thanks to his extensive experience, will provide real insight. We know these are the concerns that Fife business have from recent meetings between our members and the Bank of England and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

“Fife Chamber is developing our partnership working with Scottish Enterprise, building on the excellent collaborative ventures we already have with them, such as the International Trade Partnership between the Chamber, Scottish Enterprise/SDI, Fife Council and Business Gateway.

“As well as the important opportunity for member organisations to vote on our annual report and our leadership, the AGM is set to be an insightful event offering advice on business resilience during these uncertain economic times.

“All organisations, whether a member or not, are welcome to join if they wish to know more.”

Fife Chamber’s AGM will take place at Broomhall House, in Charlestown, the ancestral home of Robert the Bruce and the Bruce family for over 300 years, on Thursday 25 May, from 11am to 12pm.

Following the AGM will be lunch and the keynote address.

The AGM is free to attend at 11am. To attend the lunch and Bob Keiller’s presentation from 12 noon – 2pm, the cost is £25 plus VAT for Chamber members and £35 plus VAT for non-members.

Attendance at the AGM is open to member and non-members alike, but voting may only be undertaken by representatives from member organisations. All interested parties aware that they are more than welcome to attend.

Fife Chamber is part of the Fife Brexit Advisory Group that has been set up to bring business and the public sectors together to find local solutions to Brexit.

For further information on the Fife Chamber AGM 2017, please

Fife’s First Women’s Leadership Programme

Women’s Enterprise Scotland is working with Fife Council Economic Development and Business Gateway Fife to run the first women’s leadership programme of its kind at the new Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes.


The twelve month programme – Led by Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) – launches on 15 June and consists of four workshops spread out over the year, interspersed with online content and support. It is aimed at women business owners looking to lead their business to become a sustainable, high performing organisations. It is also aimed at female home-based business owners who aspire to progress their business to the next level.


The first of four Lead With WES workshops is on 15 June from 10am until 4pm at the new Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes. Book your place for the event now.


Visit the Business Gateway Fife website to find out more.

Fife showcases expertise and pioneering projects at All-Energy 2017

Fife recently showcased its strengths as a place to invest, as well as its expertise in renewable energy, technology, manufacturing and supply chain, at All-Energy 2017 (10-11 May).



Fife Council Economic Development Team’s Market Development Programme supported 13 Fife organisations to visit Glasgow , as part of its delegation to the UK’s largest renewable energy event, All-Energy 2017.


The two-day event brought together a range of innovative leading Fife-based businesses, including: Briggs Marine and Environmental Services, ORE Catapult, Utility ROV Services, BVG Associates and Green Acorn. A number of new attendees also took part, including: MRS Training and Rescue, Avenue Scotland, Keela International, Surface Heating Systems, Sign Plus and Paul Recovery Heat Scotland.


Once again All-Energy proved a fruitful opportunity for local businesses to showcase Fife’s excellence in engineering and manufacturing, whilst offering the opportunity to network and create new business contacts nationally and internationally.


George Sneddon, Fife Council’s Service Manager, Economic Development, said:  “All-Energy offered an excellent opportunity to showcase Fife as the best place to live, work and do business, by highlighting our specific strengths and capabilities in the renewable technologies sector.


“Fife is a key hub for the energy and renewable sector. We have a robust skills and knowledge base, and the region is already home to a wide range of pioneering projects. All-Energy was an important event for local companies to attend, as we were able to develop new business leads and contacts to showcase the region’s potential and further develop the local economy.”


Fife Council’s Renewables Lead Officer, Barbara Whiting, also presented on Fife’s ground-breaking Levenmouth Community Energy Project and Glenrothes District heating scheme.


At All-Energy 2017 the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced £43 million is being invested in 13 low-carbon infrastructure projects across Scotland.


Fife Council welcomed the news that the Scottish Government has awarded £8.5 million from its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme to the Glenrothes District heating scheme. This funding is part of the Government’s Scottish Energy Strategy – to deliver around 50 per cent of the energy required for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030.


Glenrothes Heat could contribute significantly ambitious climate change targets and could potentially reduce fuel poverty in Glenrothes households and provide cost savings for businesses.  Glenrothes Heat is a collaboration between Fife Council, RWE Markinch Limited and the Scottish Government.


The district heating scheme is currently subject to planning, and final approval of the Business Case by members in autumn 2017.


For more information on Glenrothes Heat please go to


To find out more about the Market Development Programme, and how it can help your business, contact:
Dot Smith, Economic Development, Fife Council
Tel: 03451 55 55 55, ext 49 21 75

New guide ranks the University of St Andrew as the best in Scotland

The University of St Andrews has again been ranked the best university in Scotland and third in the UK according to a new higher education league table published yesterday (Tuesday 16 May).


The Guardian University Guide 2018 places St Andrews 3rd in the UK and the only Scottish university in the top 20 of the 119 universities ranked.


It’s the second time inside a month that the University of St Andrews has been ranked among the UK’s top three universities. In April The Complete University Guide 2018 gave St Andrews its highest ever ranking.


Click to read the full story on the University of St Andrews website.

Global growth spurs Fife firm’s recruitment drive

Leading provider of IP video and digital signage technologies, Exterity, has announced it is recruiting new staff, including at its global headquarters in Dalgety Bay, Fife.



A significant growth in new customers around the world has led to a new demand in recruitment across multiple departments and regions with a total of nine new positions available.




To help fill a number of engineering vacancies, Exterity is hosting a Careers Fair for Software Developers at the Apex Hotel in Edinburgh.


Colin Farquhar, CEO at Exterity, explained: “The market is responding incredibly well to our IP video and signage solutions – more so than ever before. Yet innovations don’t build themselves, and we strongly believe in investing in teams of qualified, highly motivated staff that can help us continue to grow.


“We will be hosting a career fair at the Apex Hotel, Grassmarket in Edinburgh on Wednesday 17th May (3-8pm) to showcase the opportunities available working for a company in a high growth sector. We welcome creative and knowledgeable software developers and web designers – both graduates and experienced – to join us on the day to learn more about Exterity, see our technology in action and meet the team.”


Software developers/web designers who would like to attend the Exterity Career Fair can contact Exterity online by clicking this link.


Exterity has eight offices around the world and customers in multiple sectors including corporate and finance, education, hospitality, stadiums and venues.


The group customers include four of the host stadiums at European football championships last year, Celtic Park, The Open championship and a number of educational institutions. The company recently completed a high profile contract to enliven the live music and digital experience of concert-goers attending the landmark Elbphilarmonie complex in Hamburg, one of the largest and most technologically advanced performance venues in the world.


Make Innovation Happen – new support service launched for Scotland’s food and drink sector

A food and drink business in Fife? You can now gain access to information and support with a single, streamlined access route to help innovate your business.


Scotland’s food and drink industry has launched Make Innovation Happen, a new and ambitious service to support food and drink businesses to innovate.


The service is delivered by the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership – public sector and industry bodies working together to drive innovation with the support of a new service that aims to make it easier for companies to access all the different sources of support available to them.


With £1.1 million of critical funding coming from Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the service will:

  • Provide ‘Innovation Connectors’ who can help businesses tap into the resources available in Scotland from public sector and academia;
  • Provide access to technical knowledge and expertise, specialist facilities, market insights and advice on innovation funding;
  • Ensure businesses receive support from Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Interface but also from to the broader delivery partners who support innovation.

Lindores Abbey Distillery

This service includes support for both incremental and disruptive innovation and is open to all businesses across the supply chain from farm to fork.


In March, the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership launched ‘Ambition 2030’, the industry’s new strategy. This bold strategy establishes a vision to cement food and drink as Scotland’s most valuable industry and outlines the goal to double turnover in the sector to £30 billion by 2030.



Co-chairs of the Scotland Food & Drink Innovation Working Group David Thomson, Food and Drink Federation Scotland CEO and Dr Alan Rowe of The Rowett Institute, said “The food and drink sector is one of the star performers in Scotland and innovation is critical to its continued success. The Scotland Food & Drink Partnership has shown exceptional collaboration to create a single gateway to make it easy for businesses to access the various types of support available all under one roof.”


Masterchef Jamie Scott, The Newport Restaurant

Food and drink is a growing sector in Fife. With a strong agricultural sector and a large number of award-winning food and drink producers, Fife has the ability to make a larger contributionon to the Scottish economy from food and drink activity.



Make Innovation Happen can be accessed by visiting, emailing or calling 0300 013 3385.

Are You Maximising Your Digital Opportunities?


Business Gateway Fife’s Digital Boost Programme is one of the most powerful tools on offer to small and growing businesses.


This government-funded programme offers support to businesses looking to improve their digital knowledge


Check out the range of one-to-one advice, free workshops and downloadable guides designed to help you to improve communications with clients, streamline business processes and improve operations.


Alternatively, take the 10 minute Digital Health Check to discover what support is available to help you reach your potential.


Article posted 11 May 2017

Council welcomes Scottish Government investment in Glenrothes Heat

Fife Council has welcomed the news that the Scottish Government has awarded £8.5 million from its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme to the Glenrothes District heating scheme.


This funding is part of the Government’s Scottish Energy Strategy – to deliver around 50 per cent of the energy required for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030.


Robin Presswood, Head of Economy, Planning and Employability said: “We’re delighted to hear the Scottish Government are committing to this investment in Fife.


“Glenrothes Heat could contribute significantly to our ambitious climate change targets and could potentially reduce fuel poverty in Glenrothes households and provide cost savings for businesses. We’re looking forward to progressing this innovative low carbon heat project with RWE and the Scottish Government.”


Glenrothes Heat is a collaboration between Fife Council, RWE Markinch Limited and the Scottish Government.


RWE’s Head of Biomass for RWE Markinch, Ian Calvert, also welcomed the announcement, saying: “Today’s announcement by the Scottish Government to award funding to Glenrothes District Heat scheme is a fantastic boost for the project.

“This scheme offers the opportunity to provide affordable heat to local businesses and homes and lowering carbon emissions through the use of hot water at the nearby Markinch power plant. We are proud to be part of this project and will work towards submitting planning permission for the Energy Centre in the coming months.”


Glenrothes Heat would supply low carbon heat to a range of business, community, public sector and domestic customers in the centre of Glenrothes. In March, a planning application notification was submitted to Fife Council for the construction of the heat distribution network. Consultation events have been held to inform local people about the scheme, and answer any questions about the construction and planning application. A full planning application will be informed by this consultation and issued later this year.


The district heating network will use the heat from RWE’s Markinch biomass CHP plant. In the coming weeks, RWE will submit a planning permission for an energy centre on its operational power station site. The unit will use steam from the power station’s turbine and transfer the heat through to the district heat system.


The Glenrothes District heating scheme is currently subject to planning, and final approval of the Business Case by members in autumn 2017.


For more information please visit Invest in Fife