Listen to new Employee Ownership podcasts

Looking at selling your business?  Would you like to hear direct from businesses that have successfully made the move to Employee Ownership, as well as expert advisers on the process?


As the growth of employee ownership continues to accelerate, Co-operative Development Scotland has launched the first ever podcast series dedicated to the model.


The series features:

  • The experiences of business owners who have already sold their companies to their staff.
  • Expert insight from specialist employee ownership advisers and members of the legal and accounting profession.
  • The wide-ranging benefits that employee ownership can offer those considering a move to the model.


Click here to see the full series line-up available now for you to download and listen to.


Talgo confirms intention to bring £40m factory to Kincardine

Talgo, Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland have signed a jointly agreed framework for establishing Longannet as a manufacturing base for Talgo UK.


The framework agreement sets out each party’s commitment to ensure that the proposed multi-million pound factory at Longannet is prepared and delivered at an agreed time and to an agreed specification.


The Spanish train manufacturer Talgo is a leading specialised rolling stock engineering company focused on designing, manufacturing and servicing fast, lightweight trains.


Paul Lewis, Executive Director at Scottish Enterprise said: “This Framework Agreement is another significant milestone in our work with Talgo to achieve its ambition of establishing a world-class, high-value manufacturing facility at Longannet.


“Scottish Enterprise and our partners are incredibly excited by Talgo’s plans for Longannet, which would deliver 1,000 direct jobs and a host of supply chain opportunities for companies in Scotland.”


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Tay projects backed by £3m UK Government funding

A University of St Andrews initiative which will enable research and innovation into climate change, coastal ecology, clean energy and low carbon is one of four projects in the region which will benefit from a UK Government funding boost.


The money, announced on Friday (25 October), is part of the UK Government’s £150 million commitment to the Tay Cities Deal.  The £3 million was originally allocated to acquire the RM Condor Airfield.  Following the positive news earlier this year that the MoD is to retain the airfield, this money will now be reinvested in full to fund four projects in Tayside.


One of the projects to be supported by the new funding is the Stretch Dome Simulator at the University of St Andrews Eden Campus.  A world-leading environmental and energy demonstrator facility, the simulator gives scientists the ability to test theories and generate solutions in the areas of climate change, clean energy, low carbon, food security, advanced materials, coastal ecology, marine mammals and underwater acoustics.


The project is to receive £300,000 – funding which comes on top of an existing £24.5 million investment from the UK Government in the Eden Campus as part of the Tay Cities Deal.


The new funding will also support three other initiatives in the Tay Cities Region:

  • £1.6 million for Aero Space Kinross to develop a year-round visitor attraction;
  • £1 million to establish the Crieff International Highland Centre;
  • £100,000 to develop the heritage and cultural experience at Innerpeffray Library.


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Contracts up for grabs in Scotland’s offshore wind industry

Major renewables developer SSE Renewables is inviting Scottish businesses to bid for a host of contracts ahead of construction of Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm.


SSE Renewables is building Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm, which will be one of the most significant construction projects undertaken in Scotland.


As it announced the appointment of its first business to win preferred supplier status – MHI Vestas Offshore Wind who will lead on turbine supply and operational servicing – SSE Renewables is now opening up discussions with businesses keen to win work in the renewables industry.


SSE Renewables is hosting events around the country to enable businesses to gear up to bid for contracts, meet the Seagreen team and its principal contractors, and to understand the wealth of opportunities on offer.


This includes Meet the Buyer events in Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee on 5, 6 and 7 November respectively.


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Glenrothes hairdressing salon the first in Scotland to be accredited as a Living Wage Employer

The Glenwood Salon is not only the first hairdressing salon in Glenrothes to be accredited as a Living Wage Employer, but also the first in Scotland.

A family-run business which has been trading for over 30 years, the salon became accredited because they recognised their staff needed and deserved to earn more than the minimum wage.

The Glenwood Salon received its accreditation earlier this year.  By paying the real Living Wage, the salon is committing to raising wages fairly and to protecting their staff.  The salon is also a member of the Action Group to Make Glenrothes a Living Wage Town and is leading the way in the community by encouraging other employers to follow their example.

Owner Brent Burnett said; “I’m very proud and delighted to find out that we are the first hairdressing salon to be accredited as a Living Wage employer in Scotland.  Being accredited has been a natural next step in demonstrating to my staff that they are valued for the work they do.

“I feel strongly about my local community, with both my customers and staff living locally, I feel the business is firmly rooted here in Glenwood.  By being accredited by Living Wage Scotland I not only benefit the staff, but the whole community.  If I have happy staff, I know I will have happy customers.”


Fife Council is offering to subsidise the accreditation fee for businesses based in Glenrothes as part of the ‘Making Glenrothes a Living Wage Town’ initiative.  To find out more and apply, click here.




More than 150 buyers from 22 countries to attend Showcasing Scotland 2019

  • 150 buyers from 22 countries will attend Showcasing Scotland 2019, a trade show designed to promote Scotland’s food and drink suppliers to global buyers.
  • The three-day event kicked-off yesterday (1 October 2019) with field to fork tours, and two days of one-to-one meetings commencing this morning.
  • Sector specific field to fork tours took place across Scotland, including Fife.
  • The event will host over 2,000 one-to-one meetings.
  • Held every two years, the last event in 2017 generated over £60m sales.


150 food and drink buyers from across the world, with a combined buying power of over £3 billion, will arrive in the country for Showcasing Scotland 2019 today (2 October 2019), held at Gleneagles Hotel.


The biennial event, organised by Scotland Food & Drink and Scottish Development International (SDI), and supported by major industry organisations and Scottish Government, brings together influential buyers from UK and international markets with leading Scottish suppliers.


The previous event in 2017 resulted in over £60 million of sales across two days of intensive meetings between buyers and suppliers.


Showcasing Scotland 2019 will offer Scottish suppliers global opportunities with buyers coming from some of the world’s biggest markets, including; China, USA, Europe, the Middle East and Japan, who will all attend alongside major UK supermarkets, catering and hospitality chains


Every category of the Scottish food and drink industry will be represented: salmon and seafood; whisky, spirits and craft ale; meat; bakery; dairy; produce and premium grocery. Many of Scotland’s largest food and drink brands and emerging producers will attend.


Showcasing Scotland 2019 offers three days of events, designed to tell the story of Scotland’s larder, help build new trade relationships and secure future business. These include field to fork tours to immerse buyers in Scotland’s food and drink, followed by two full days of pre-scheduled business meetings between national and international buyers and Scottish suppliers.


A Fife field-to-fork tour was supported by Invest in Fife to showcase a flavour of Fife and took buyers from across the world along the coastal path of Fife, visiting companies with a world-famous reputation across a host of industries. From Fife’s only cheese-making farm at St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese to the historic Lindores Abbey distillery, the tour gave attendees the chance to uncover the top quality, wide ranging produce Fife has to offer.


James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said: “This is the most important trade event that we do in our sector.  Showcasing Scotland is a fantastic opportunity for Scotland’s food and drink suppliers, and we’re delighted to be back at Gleneagles, bigger and better than before.


“Scotland punches above its weight in terms of food and drink exports, accounting for almost 30% of the UK total and worth over £6 billion a year. Our food and drink industry has a growing global reputation for quality and, over the next few days, we can convert that status into sales.


“This is an opportunity drive Scottish food and drink sales across the UK but it is also an enormous export opportunity. We’ll be welcoming our friends from across Europe into Scotland this week as well as from elsewhere in the world.  Brexit is a reminder of how we must continue to sell a broader range of products to a broader range of markets.  This is critical to achieve our ambition of a £30 billion sector by 2030.”


Neil McInnes, Head of Trade of Consumer Industries and Energy, Scottish Development International said: “This fantastic event has a strong track record of delivering new sales for Scottish companies. Our team of in-market food & drink specialists have done a brilliant job in attracting 100 international buyers from all over the world and reflects the fantastic network we are building in key markets overseas.


“The scale of this event illustrates not only the ambition of Scottish companies seeking to target new overseas markets, but also an increasing appetite for Scottish produce globally. We’ re expecting to see a significant increase in international business as a result of the meetings undertaken this week.”


Fergus Ewing, Minister for the Rural Economy, added: “Events like Showcasing Scotland are vital to showing producers at home and potential buyers from overseas that Scotland is open for business.  The 2019 event provides a great opportunity to promote Scotland’s global reputation for producing high quality products further. Scotland produces fabulous food and drink and we want more people at home and abroad to enjoy it.”


Cllr Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee at Fife Council, said: “There’s significant potential to further develop the food and drink sector and as a council, we’re very keen to support the supply chain and better connect businesses. We’re delighted to be able to help local businesses showcase their produce.

“We’re committed to building on Fife’s strengths and work with national agencies, including Scotland Food & Drink, to promote Fife’s food and drink capability.


“Fife has developed a Food and Drink Action Plan to ensure that business support is available from Fife Council and its partners to ensure that Fife Food and Drink companies – of all sizes – are supported.”



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Industry leaders back new strategy to boost tourism in the Tay Cities Region

A strategy to increase the value of tourism across the Tay Cities Region by over £100 million in the next five years has been officially launched.


The Tay Cities Region Tourism Strategy 2019-2024, the first of its kind for the region, was officially backed by the leaders of the area’s tourism partnerships at Discovery Point Dundee.


Tourism Industry members of the Angus Tourism Cooperative, Dundee & Angus Visitor Accommodation Association (DAVAA), Dundee Tourism Action Group, Fife Tourism Partnership and Perthshire Tourism Partnership met with tourism officers from the four councils, VisitScotland and Scottish Enterprise to discuss next steps.


Overnight visitors contribute around £433 million each year to the economies of Angus, Dundee, North-East Fife and Perth & Kinross.  The sector is also one of the region’s biggest employers, currently employing over 20,000 people.  One of the key aims of the new strategy is to grow the overnight visitor spend by 3% every year, to £550 million in 2024.


The strategy, which was developed in partnership with the local tourism industry through a series of workshops, identifies three key strengths which the tourism industry can build on.  These are food and drink, outdoor adventures and culture and creative experiences.


Developing a regional approach to broader strategic issues for the sector –  transport, skills and employability – have also been identified as priorities.


The Tay Cities Region Tourism Strategy will also ensure that the tourism sector is able to capitalise on the significant additional investment coming into the region over the next decade through the Tay Cities Deal.  This will include the Culture and Tourism Regional Investment Programme which will provide £37 million of matched funding to support a series of transformational capital projects, subject to the approval of a business case programme.


The Tay Cities Deal is a partnership between local, Scottish and UK governments and the private, academic and voluntary sectors which seeks to create a smarter and fairer Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross.








Park all day the Kirkcaldy way

Car parking is a hot topic in Kirkcaldy town centre and the Council’s Kirkcaldy Area Committee has been listening.


Local Councillors have been working with the Council’s Transportation Services to explore car parking options for the town and have decided to pilot a new, discounted all day parking season ticket.


The discounted season ticket costs £60 a quarter which works out at £20 a month – less than £1 a day for all day parking.


The discounted tickets go on sale from today, Tuesday 1 October and the trial will run until 10 April 2020.


Applying for the season ticket is quick and easy – to pay by cheque, download and complete the form at


Alternatively call 03451 55 55 55 ex 480208 between 9am and 4pm.


Your ticket will be posted out to you or you can collect it from the Town House.


The trial will help inform a wider review of parking in the town so Fife Council is keen to gather feedback on both the season tickets and other parking options.


Launching the scheme, Councillor Neil Crooks, convener of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee said: “Car parking charges feature highly in the feedback from town centre businesses and the public.  Fife Council wants to put car parking budgets in the hands of the Local Area Committees and Kirkcaldy was chosen to pilot the approach.


“The discounted season ticket will benefit those who work in the town centre, students and regular visitors, Buying your ticket will give you cheaper parking and direct access to the heart of the town.


“We’re continuing to look at other car-parking initiatives which we can test and hope to be able to launch these in the coming months.”