Fruit growing facility, EnerGrow, has secured an offer in principle for funding from a UK Financial Institution for its plans to establish an all-year-round strawberry production unit in Rosyth.
EnerGrow has also commenced the process of applying for planning permission for the project, which will incorporate a number of innovative technologies and approaches. The company are working closely with Fife Council and other Government agencies to deliver the development successfully and secure up to 60 full time equivalent jobs.
The project will use innovative LED lighting technology to grow soft fruit and vegetables all year round. Although strawberries have been selected as the initial product for growth, other potential products such as tomatoes, salad leaves and herbs are also of interest.
The project hopes to capitalise on an increasing consumer demand for strawberries over the winter period when produce is imported from Morocco, Egypt, Israel and Spain.
Find out more about the project here.
The Forth & Tay Cluster partners are seeking to understand the areas capability to support the major developments off the area’s coastline.
The Forth & Tay Offshore Cluster was set up in 2018 to drive forward supply chain opportunities from the emerging offshore renewables sector. This partnership is made up of Angus, Borders, Dundee City, East Lothian and Fife Councils working together with Scottish Enterprise and the offshore wind developers.
The Offshore Wind Sector has the potential to bring significant business opportunities to companies in the area and the Forth & Tay Cluster partners want to identify the current and potential offshore wind supply chain companies and their capabilities.
Businesses are invited to complete this survey, by identifying what services you currently offer in other sectors that you believe could be transferred into offshore wind now, services which could be adapted for the offshore wind sector with appropriate support and services which you aspire to offer the sector in the future.
This survey will be followed up by further work, undertaken by Scottish Enterprise, to qualify in more depth your company’s full capabilities and allow the Forth & Tay Offshore Cluster to pull together a searchable database to be used by the developers and their key contractors. We want Scotland to maximise every opportunity brought by this new emerging sector.
Take part in the survey here.
BG Fife is co-ordinating the delivery of Women’s Enterprise Scotland’s (WES) Leadership Masterclasses on behalf of Fife Council Economic Development.
The Lead With WES programme is designed specifically for Fife women business owners wishing to lead their business through growth to be sustainable.
The 12 month programme involves four workshops, covering a range of topics and activities including leadership and motivating others, managing change, and leading for success. WES will contact you in advance of each event with content relating to the topic.
We will 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. We will also help them identify their own leadership style and develop their leadership and management skills to fully embed their learning in their business. We are looking to work with female business owners who wish to build confidence and business capability.
Find out more about all events on our events page.
Sign up to the first event here.