Fife Council continues to help businesses access contract opportunities

As the third largest local authority in Scotland, Fife Council continues to work with and support businesses across the region to improve their tender writing skills and access more public and private sector contract opportunities.

 

Fife Council, along with the other 31 local authorities in Scotland, is a registered partner of the national Supplier Development Programme.

 

The Fife Supplier Development Programme provides support to the region’s businesses in 3 main ways:

  1. Raising awareness of the opportunities for SMEs from both the public and private sector.
  2. Increasing business readiness to tender.
  3. Assisting SMEs in accessing tender opportunities through specialist advisory services.

 

During 2019/early 2020, the Fife Programme delivered 10 face-to-face workshops, supporting over 90 businesses.

 

Fife Council is exhibiting at the third annual Meet the Buyer North virtual event on 2 September 2020.  This event will provide an opportunity for businesses to spend a day – or part of a day – meeting buyers from both the public and private sector located in the north of Scotland.

 

To date, more than 1,000 suppliers have registered to attend Meet the Buyer North. Confirmed buyers include Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Fife, Highland, Moray and Shetland Island Councils.

 

The Scottish Government, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Procurement Alliance and SELECT, the trade association for electricians will also be exhibiting.

 

This virtual event is free to attend, but businesses must register for a free account on the Supplier Development Programme website in advance.

 

Click for more information and to reserve your place.

 

For more information on the tendering support available to you, and how to become a member of Fife’s Supplier Development Programme, email fifemeansbusiness@fife.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Town centre small business grant scheme launched to help businesses with Covid-19 safety

Small businesses in Fife’s main town centres could now receive a £100 grant towards the cost of public health and safety measures required to enable them to reopen safely with the launch of the Small Business COVID Safety Grant Scheme.

 

Fife Council is committed to supporting town centres, and small businesses can now apply for help with the cost of implementing Covid-19 public health measures.

 

Applications are invited from businesses located in Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, St Andrews, Cupar, Cowdenbeath, Leven, Lochgelly, Burntisland, Anstruther, Newburgh, Rosyth, Dalgety Bay and Kincardine.

 

What’s being funded?

Grants can reimburse costs already incurred and eligible expenditure can include:

  • PPE, such as face masks, visors and gloves
  • Hand sanitiser and sanitiser dispensing units
  • Protective screens
  • Internal signage related to public safety.

Who can apply?

Small businesses are eligible to apply which:

  • Operate from business premises that are accessed by the public
  • Have no more than three business outlets
  • Employ no more that 5 full-time equivalent employees per business outlet.

 

Apply online at Business Gateway Fife.  For help or advice on this scheme, or other forms of support available, contact Business Gateway Fife on 01592 858333 or email info@bgfife.co.uk

 

The Small Business COVID Safety Grant Scheme is one of a range of new initiatives being introduced in Fife to support town centres in 2020-21.  The scheme is funded by the Town and BIDs Resilience and Recovery Fund administered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership on behalf of the Scottish Government.

 

 

 

University of St Andrews confirms partnership with Michelin Scotland Innovation Park

The University of St Andrews and the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) in Dundee have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore future collaborations in the fields of sustainable mobility and low carbon energy.

 

MSIP, a joint venture between Michelin, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise, is a world-class Innovation Park in Dundee which will drive growth and diversity in the Scottish economy while addressing the global climate emergency.

 

The University is developing its Eden Campus in Guardbridge to enhance innovation in companies working in energy storage, conversion and other technologies, by providing scale-up facilities for research and development, early prototyping and proving technology.

 

Under the terms of the agreement, the University and MSIP commit to the shared delivery of low-carbon technologies, supporting product development in companies, assisting companies in the sustainable mobility and low-carbon sectors to grow by offering test and demonstration facilities and equipment and access to external funding.

 

Both organisations will also explore the potential for work experience and apprenticeship opportunities, while the University will support the delivery of courses, modules or postgraduate training through the proposed Skills Academcy at MSIP.

 

Read the full story on the University of St Andrews website.

Your opportunity to take part in this year’s Virtual Taste of Grampian

Are you a food and drink business based in Fife?  Want to showcase your business at the biggest Food & Drink event taking place in Scotland this year?

 

The 4 local authorities along the banks of the River Tay (Fife, Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross) are organising a presence at the Taste of Grampian virtual event from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September.

 

Fife Council’s Economic Development Team is looking for food and drink producers in the region to join them in a virtual Taste of Tayside and Fife tent.

 

Working in conjunction with DC Thomson, there are four FREE 5 minute pre-recorded slots up for grabs.  Your session can be as creative as you like, from a tour of your business or a “how to” lesson to showcase your products.

 

Interested in participating?  Email dorothy.smith@fife.gov.uk or graeme.ferguson@fife.gov.uk by Thursday 21 August.

 

If this show is not for you, but you are interested in finding out more about the support available to your business email Fifemeansbusiness@fife.gov.uk and an advisor will contact you.