New funding available for low-carbon heating projects

A £30 million fund to support low-carbon heating infrastructure is now open for applications.

 

Businesses and organisations working on ‘innovative’ solutions to heating buildings can apply to the Scottish Low Carbon Heat Fund.

 

The funding is part of a wider Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) being delivered by the Scottish Government in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Futures Trust and specialists in the sector.

 

The support will provide financial assistance for up to 50% of the total eligible costs of a capital project, up to a maximum of £10 million, where that project can demonstrate innovative and low carbon ways of heating buildings, including heat pumps, as well as supporting industrial projects focused on reducing emissions.

 

Click for more information and to submit an application to the fund.

Let’s talk about Transporting People

Fife Council is starting a long-running engagement exercise to try and increase public participation in designing its core services and deciding how its budget is spent.

 

It’s kicking this off by consulting with people who live and work in Fife about its passenger transport services.  The council invests £22 million on these services each year in order to help people travel around Fife for work, studying and leisure.

 

Over the next 12 months, you’re invited to help the council explore whether these resources could be used differently, for better results.

 

Check out the range of information that’s already online at  https://our.fife.scot/transportingpeople/

 

Find out what the council invests in at the moment and have your say on what works well or what could be changed. These services includes supported bus services, rail concessions, school transport and demand-responsive transport.

 

In October and November the council will be asking what solutions people living and working in the area would like to see in an ideal world.

 

Early in 2020, the council will then start to consider how ‘the dream’ matches up with policy, legislation, existing contracts and other practicalities, so that it can refine ideas and gather more specific feedback.

 

Later in 2020, concrete options will be put up for you to vote on.

 

This is not a traditional consultation process.  Several stages of engagement, giving people opportunities to get involved off and online, will explore a complex set of services.

 

To take part in these conversations, all you need to do it to register at Let’s Talk about our Fife

 

This is one of the ways in which Fife Council is taking forward participatory budgeting (PB) in Fife.  This is a new approach for councils – you can find out about this new approach at https://pbscotland.scot/charter

 

 

Great British High Street Award Judges visit Cowdenbeath

Judges for the Great British High Street Awards will visit Cowdenbeath tomorrow (Friday 20 September), to see first hand all the great work that has been carried out in the town.

 

Cowdenbeath has been shortlisted in the Rising Star category, and is hoping that the judges will be impressed by the community-led approach to the regeneration of the High Street.

 

Run by VISA, the awards recognise where high streets are succeeding in overcoming the challenges of a rapidly changing environment.

 

The Rising Star High Street award celebrates up-and-coming local communities who are on their way to transforming for the future.

 

Cowdenbeath has been nominated due to its partnership working and creative plans to improve digital and transport connectivity to increase the town’s footfall.

 

The judges will have a walk around the town with members of the Love Cowdenbeath Group, meet representatives from Cowdenbeath Football Club and Beath High School and chat with ‘town artist’ Kerry Wilson before engaging with local shopkeepers.

 

The judging panel’s rating accounts for 80% of the overall score, the final 20% of the vote being determined by public voting.

 

You can still show your support by voting online – the public vote is open until 7 October 2019.

 

 

 

Hundreds of jobs at Rosyth secured as Royal Navy order goes to Babcock

The Royal Navy has named Babcock as the preferred bidder for designing and building a new generation of Royal Navy frigates.

 

A consortium led by Babcock has secured the order for the £1.25 billion contract for five Type 31 warships.

 

The deal will secure hundreds of jobs at Rosyth, where the ships will be assembled, with construction work spread between yards across the UK.

 

Work is to begin by the end of 2019, with the first ships delivered in 2023.

 

Click to read the full story.

 

 

Fife to host major Scotland Fintech Festival event

To mark the region’s thriving fintech community and economy, Fife is hosting what is becoming one of the most popular events in Fintech Scotland’s ‘Fintech Festival 2019’ on 17 September at DoubleTree by Hilton in North Queensferry.

 

Building on last year’s full-house event when Scotland’s first Fintech Skills Academy was launched in the Kingdom, the capacity for this year’s event has been more than doubled.

 

Within Fintech globally, the most active area of investments is payments – and Fife is the capital of payments in Scotland.

 

The event speakers – internationally recognised business leaders in the payments industry – will explain why acquiring digital skills has given them an exciting, challenging and satisfying career in an industry experiencing huge growth globally.

 

Councillor Altany Craik, Convener of the Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee said: “I am very much looking forward to giving the opening address at this event which demonstrates the pivotal role that Fife is playing – and has played for many decades – in the payments industry.

 

“This event will enable experienced professionals to learn new skills and stay relevant to the industry’s rapid transformation. Also, if anyone wants to use their digital skills and build a career in Fintech, this meeting is a great place to get started.”

 

Fife is a great location for this event.  Fife’s Fintech Skills Academy is already helping avoid a potential skills gap that could hold back the growth of local companies in this sector.  It will also give people the qualifications and skills they need to work in this industry. ”

 

Speakers at the event include:

 

  • Greg Watson, Chief Technology Officer at Sainsbury’s Bank.
  • Simon Fairbairn, Director of Solution Development Western Europe at Ingenico
  • Jim Tomaney, Chief Operating Officer at Renovite Technologies Inc.

 

Click for more information and to book your place.