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 https://www.investinfife.co.uk/content/glenrothes-heat/
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