Kirkcaldy’s new online business platform – ShopAppy Kirkcaldy – has received a positive response from local businesses with 20 local organisations signing up in the first week that it went live.
Kirkcaldy was the first town in Scotland to sign up to the platform which aims to provide critical support and trade to businesses during lockdown and beyond.
The pilot project, which has received financial assistance from Fife Council, is the first initiative to be carried out by the new “Love Oor Lang Toun” initiative.
The online shopping platform, which is being hosted by Greener Kirkcaldy, is open to any business in the town and offers a free six-month trial.
Any business interested in participating should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to start the sign up process.
A world-first project, using green hydrogen to heat homes, could be built in Fife if proposals are approved by energy regulator Ofgem.
SGN has asked the regulator for approval for its H100 Fife project to provide 300 homes in Levenmouth with energy generated from hydrogen.
The H100 Fife project has passed the initial screening submission process for Ofgem’s annual Network Innovation Competition and a full bid for funding will be submitted this summer.
If the bid is successful, a new 100% zero-carbon hydrogen network will be built in Levenmouth, producing hydrogen via an electrolysis plant powered by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult‘s nearby offshore wind turbine.
New pipes will be laid alongside 1,000 properties, meaning home owners would have the choice of receiving their existing gas supply or the hydrogen alternative.
SGN hope to start construction in early 2021, with the plant operational within about three years.
The project will also provide critical evidence for a potential zero carbon energy source, helping to inform the UK’s long-term policy decisions for decarbonisation.
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Auchtertool producer, Peter Mitchell of The Farmers Son, has partnered with local retailer David’s Kitchen to ensure his award-winning products keep the shelves fully stocked.
David’s Kitchen, which has three stores in Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy and Falkirk, has been going above and beyond to serve its communities by focusing on stocking and promoting local produce to ensure a quality supply chain which can deliver quickly to meet demand.
Keith Fernie, Managing Director at David’s Kitchen, explains why this is so important to them: “Over the recent months, demand from customers for fresh produce, especially meat, has surged and we’ve found utilising our local Fife producers not only makes for great tasting food, low food miles and sustainable supply chains, but also helps support the local economy – especially at this difficult time.”
Peter Michell, founder of the award-winning The Farmer’s Son added: “Working with David’s Kitchen is a great partnership as working with other local family businesses is really important to us. Like us, David’s Kitchen put their customers first and are ensuring that, even during the current lockdown, their communities are eating the best quality food as what we eat is vital to our health and wellbeing.”
Kirkcaldy businesses are the first in Scotland to trade online using the award-winning shopping platform ShopAppy, thanks to a new community initiative – Love Oor Lang Toun.
ShopAppy Kirkcaldy, launched today (Monday 11 May 2020), is a website which brings together the town’s businesses into one online marketplace.
The pilot project, which was made possible with financial support from Fife Council, gives shoppers a way to shop local during lockdown and beyond, helping support the Kirkcaldy economy by encouraging people to buy from local independent businesses.
The pilot project is open to businesses located in Kirkcaldy who can participate FREE of charge in the scheme for six months, thanks to Council funding. After this period, it will cost businesses the equivalent of only £5 a week to participate.
Local businesses who would like to take part should email email@example.com
Kirkcaldy is the ONLY location in Scotland currently offering the ShopAppy service and the project is being delivered by the newly formed Love Oor Lang Toun Group with support from Greener Kirkcaldy and Fife Council.
Love Oor Lang Toun, which is being established as a social enterprise to support, develop and promote the town centre, builds on previous work carried out by local partners, including the former BID, Kirkcaldy4All.
Suzy Goodsir of Greener Kirkcaldy said she was delighted to see Kirkcaldy leading the way nationally: “We are excited to see ShopAppy Kirkcaldy go live, and the new Love Oor Lang Toun group supporting our town. This initiative will give local people a chance to really show their support for businesses in their town at a time of great uncertainty for the local economy.
“We urge everyone to have a look at ShopAppy Kirkcaldy, make a purchase and support local, not only in lockdown, but beyond.”
A new £100 million package of additional grant support for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people opened for applications yesterday (30 April).
The three separate funds, financed by the Scottish Government, will begin to pay out grants in early May:
- £45 Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund – managed by Scottish Enterprise, providing bespoke grants and business support to viable, but vulnerable, SMEs who are deemed to be vital to the local or national economy.
The Scottish Government is also providing £1 million to top up Creative Scotland’s Bridging Bursaries in the not-for-profit sector.
For more information and to apply for one or more of the funds click on the links above or visit www.FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot