New service to tackle trade barriers

The UK and Scottish Governments have launched a new service to help tackle barriers to exporting faced by Scottish businesses.


A trade barrier is something that slows down, limits or prevents a UK business exporting to, or investing in, an overseas market.


After the UK’s exit from the EU, it is expected that Scottish exporters could encounter new and additional trade barriers.


Businesses, representative organisations and industry bodies can use the new tool to log any barriers to exporting goods or servicing they are experiencing.


Specialist advisors from the Department for International Trade (DIT) and/or Scottish Government will then contact you to let you know if and how they can help.


To report a trade barrier visit


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Applications invited to the Low Carbon Challenge Fund

Academic institutions, public bodies and third sector organisations in the Lowlands and Uplands (LUPS) area of Scotland are invited to apply for grant funding to support initiatives that will help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)  to unlock opportunities provided by the climate emergency and contribute towards Scotland’s target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.


Up to £6 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant funding is currently available through the Low Carbon Challenge Fund  which aims to support the creation of a national network of regionally-based initiatives, to stimulate and improve innovation in SMEs.


One key element of the fund will be for initiatives to support SMEs in preparing for new market opportunities which are emerging as a result of the global climate emergency and in the drive towards net-zero emissions.


Up to £6 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant funding is currently available.  Grant funding will awarded on a competitive basis and can contribute to up to 50% of eligible project costs.


Click for more information about the fund and an information session being run by Scottish Enterprise on 27 January and to submit an application.


The deadline for submitting applications to the fund is midnight on Friday 21 February 2020.

Fife businesses exhibiting at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show

Over 20 Fife companies will be attending the only trade show in Scotland for the speciality food and drink sector taking place later this month. .


A number of the companies are attending Scotland’s Speciality Food Show from 19 to 21 January 2020 at Glasgow’s SECC with assistance from Fife Council’s Trade Development Programme, which supports companies to attend and exhibit at trade shows and exhibitions in the UK and abroad.


Fife Council’s Economic Development Team provides a range of support services to businesses from advice and information, to customised training supporting the exhibition experience as well as wider market and trade development needs.


This support allows small and medium sized businesses the chance to exhibit to around 1,000 dedicated food buyers of delis, farm shops, speciality food retailers and food hall buyers at the show.


Fife Council will be exhibiting the very best offerings from Fife food and drink producers at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show.  There will also be Fife companies located within the show’s Launch Gallery area, giving them the opportunity to meet new trade and retail customers and accelerate the growth rate of their business.


Councillor Altany Craik, Convener of Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “We know there’s significant potential to further develop Fife’s Food and Drink Sector and as a council we’re delighted to be able to help local businesses showcase their produce at this, the only trade show for the speciality food and drink market in Scotland.  This support is part of the continual rollout of our Food and Drink Action Plan which is designed to ensure that business support is available from both Fife Council and its partners to Fife food and drink companies of all sizes.”


To find out more about the support available from Fife Council’s Trade Development Programme contact Dot Smith on 03451 55 55 55 ex 492175 or email