Fife Business Week 2020 Launched

Fife Business Week is returning for an eleventh year and this year will be like no other.  Featuring a full week of events delivered online and through a range of digital platforms, it will run from Monday 2 to Friday 6 November.

 

Fife’s main annual business event programme offers a broad range of seminars and webinars aimed at inspiring and supporting Fife’s business community and increasing their sustainability and resilience following the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Launching the programme, Michael Longstaffe, chair of the Fife Economy Partnership, commented: ” Fife’s businesses are facing challenging times as they and their local economies try to find their feet and start to create opportunities in the new ‘normal’.  We are now entering a recession for the first time in eleven years, the same age as Fife Business Week!

 

“We hope our comprehensive week of online events will give businesses inspiration for the future as well as a platform to network.

 

“Many of our events address e-commerce trading, new supply chains and markets, digital connectivity and adapting to agile business models, all vital for future business success.  I would encourage all businesses to engage in this week of events more than ever this year, to help and inspire them to move their business forward with confidence to meet the unprecedented demands of Covid-19.”

 

Hosted by Fife Council’s Economic Development and Business Gateway teams, Fife Business Week is designed to support businesses to succeed and flourish, whilst helping to make Fife the best place to do business.

 

Click to see the events listing and to sign up for programme updates.

One-stop shop launched for accessing business support services in Fife

Businesses in Fife will now be able to access a range of support services at one single place following the launch of InvestFife by Fife Council.

 

InvestFife unites the various elements of Fife Council Economic Development’s Business Enterprise and Land and Property services under a single banner, whilst working in partnership with Business Gateway Fife, making its offering more accessible to new and existing businesses.

 

Pamela Stevenson, Economic Development Service Manager at Fife Council, commented: “By creating a holistic brand – InvestFife – we are providing a clear identity and access point, making it easier for businesses of all sizes to access a wide range of support, guidance and funding, whilst showcasing what Fife can offer investors.”

 

A new look and website have been created for InvestFife at www.investfife.co.uk.  Due to the shift in online traffic to mobile usage, the website has been built with a mobile-first approach, featuring all the information businesses need to grow and develop.

 

Pamela added: “The current environment has brought about significant challenges for businesses, so there is a need, now more than ever, to ensure that we play our part in supporting local companies, whether it’s to help them to get through these difficult trading times or, perhaps, to seek routes to development or diversification.  We also hope that it will make it easier for external investors to get in touch and get the help they need to establish in Fife.”

 

Working in partnership with key stakeholders such as Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International, the InvestFife team can advise across a range of subjects  – on available funding sources, on training opportunities for existing employees or to create new jobs.

 

Information can also be provides about employment land and properties to lease.

 

Councillor Altany Craik, Convener of Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee said: “The type of support businesses seek varies so that by offering an inclusive, holistic approach, InvestFife means that from just one access point, businesses can reach specialist advice, whether from InvestFife, Business Gateway Fife or from the wider Scottish business support network.

 

“The InvestFife team can help with all business-related enquiries – businesses just need to get in touch!”.

 

To contact InvestFife, email fifemeansbusiness@fife.gov.uk or visit www.investfife.co.uk

Applications now open for grants from the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme

Looking to create job placements for young people?

 

You may be eligible for grant support from the Government’s newly launched Kickstart Scheme.

 

The Kickstart Scheme supports new 6-month job placements for young people aged between 16 and 24 who are receiving Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

 

Funding from the scheme  is available to cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic contributions.  There is also £1,500 per job placement available for set-up costs, support and training.

 

Employers who can offer 30 or more placements can apply directly to the fund.

 

Businesses who can offer fewer than 30 placements can partner with other employers to reach the minimum number.  Fife Chamber of Commerce can help put you in touch with other employers – click for more information or email alan.mitchell@fifechamber.co.uk .

 

 

 

 

University of St Andrews ranked 2nd in the UK

The University of St Andrews is the top university in Scotland and second to Oxford in the UK, according to a new higher education ranking published over the weekend (5 September 2020).

 

The University’s high ranking in The Guardian University Guide 2021 is due to its high scores for student satisfaction and experience, graduate employment and the quality of its academic programmes.

 

Commenting on the news, Professor Sally Mapstone, St Andrews Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said: “For a small Scottish university to be competing amongst the very best in the UK reflects our commitment to the highest standards of learning, teaching and student experience.

 

“This ranking is significant because it comes at a difficult period for students across the country who have experienced a year like no other, and are facing a very difference university experience.”

 

Click to read the whole story on the University of St Andrews website.