Madras College Pupils Create Game for Popular Fife-Based App

Fife Council’s Economic Development Service has launched a new Culture of Enterprise programme in a bid to develop the skills of the region’s young people and help them on their future career pathway.


The new programme, which combines history and technology and is aimed at senior phase school pupils,  is ‘In the Footsteps of Kings’.  This challenges students to create an interactive game, based on St Andrews’ royal connections, which will then form part of the Fife Tourism Partnership’s award-winning augmented reality app of the same name.


Eight students from Madras College in St Andrews are working to create a new augmented reality game for the town’s tourism sector.  The pupils are currently researching the royal historic connections in St Andrews before they develop the game’s concept.  They will then work with app developer, Mardles, to bring their ideas to life.


Julie McLaren, Principal Teacher Curriculum – Technologies at Madras College said:


“In the Footsteps of Kings allows Madras College pupils to gain a valuable opportunity to work with a real business, Mardles, to create augmented reality media that incorporates some historical reference to royals with connections to St Andrews.


“The course is delivered virtually, and it is the pupil’s responsibility to grasp the tasks set and ensure they complete it to a high standard and with deadlines. Already the pupils have improved skills in key areas such as word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software, preparing them for employment and further study.”


Ann Camus, Enterprise & Business Development Manager at Fife Council, said:


“In the Footsteps of Kings is a welcome addition to Fife Council Economic Development’s Culture of Enterprise Programme, especially as businesses are becoming more digitally-driven.


“It is practical initiatives like this, which are vital in embedding a culture of enterprise into the classroom, whilst developing digital skills and gaining an insight into project management, problem solving, team working and innovative thinking. Developing these key skills now, will prepare these young people in their career choices.”


The intention is that Madras College’s St Andrews’ based game will go live at the start of next year’s tourism season, and will be part of Fife Tourism Partnership’s In the Footsteps of Kings augmented reality app, which already boasts games at ancient landmarks including Ravenscraig Castle, Lochore Castle, MacDuff Castle and Markinch Church.


Work Gets Underway on City Deal Project in Kirkcaldy

Fife’s flagship Industrial Innovation Investment programme has now begun construction work on seven single storey business units on land to the east of Midfield Drive, within Dunnikier Business Park, Kirkcaldy


The modern buildings include solar panels and are located at an established and popular business location in the town, close to key transport links including public transport.  The units are scheduled for completion in the autumn, and will boost economic development opportunities within Kirkcaldy, and provide small business space to local enterprises with growth ambitions.


The project is part of a wider investment programme, the Fife Industrial Innovation Investment (i3) programme, which will deliver new buildings and serviced sites across Mid and South Fife.  It will support the creation of 1,000 new skilled permanent jobs and almost 600 short-term construction jobs.  It also aims to attract around £30 million in private sector investment. This will be facilitated by joint working between the region’s universities, Fife businesses and Fife Council to deliver high value jobs.  The programme is part of the £1.3 billion Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, a partnership of local authorities, universities and colleges, and the Scottish and UK Governments to deliver a 15-year programme that will transform the regional economy.


Neil Crooks, Convener – Kirkcaldy Area Committee, Fife Council: “I am pleased that this project is now underway, and that Kirkcaldy is one of the first towns in Fife to benefit from investment from the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.


“Our focus in Fife is firmly on fairer economic growth, where everyone benefits from good employment opportunities.  I’m looking forward to seeing tenants getting in and getting going when these units are finished next autumn.  That’s what this investment is really about, supporting growing businesses that can invest in their workforce to create and sustain good jobs.  The properties themselves are being built with future challenges and opportunities in mind, so the companies locating here will have premises that can adapt with their business model.”


The Fife Industrial Innovation Investment programme will be delivered in three phases. Phase one, which runs until March 2022, includes projects Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Lochgelly, Dunfermline and Dalgety Bay and will deliver a mix of completed buildings to let and serviced land available for immediate investment by new or existing businesses.


Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, Fife Council, added: “This project is the first visible sign in Kirkcaldy of the positive changes that the City Region Deal will bring to Fife.


“Through the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal regional partners will secure more than £1.3 billion of investment for the city region over the next 15 years.  We believe that this can create clear opportunities for genuine inclusive economic growth and investment in Fife.


“The Deal focuses on growing the regional economy through collaboration and by being outward-looking, building on the region’s existing strengths in key sectors and industries. Our Fife Industrial Innovation Investment programme will increase the supply of serviced employment land and new industrial, office and business space in Fife.


“Through the wider City Region Deal Fife businesses will have increased opportunities to build-on the value they generate from their data by adopting digital technologies, and use this to create new products, and generate both new supply chain arrangements and new business models – creating and safeguarding jobs.”


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Involved in moving freight? Your input is needed to help develop a new Freight Strategy for South East Scotland

SEStran and Forth Ports are carrying out research to determine the flow of cargo in, out and within the River Forth Region with a view to identifying what could be transferred onto more sustainable modes of transport.


Their study  – The GO SEStran Forth Freight Strategy – will investigate existing freight movements along with the barriers faced by multimodel freight terminals to encouraging customers to switch to more sustainable modes of transport.


The study will also assess the feasibility of reinstating and introducing rail freight facilities where appropriate.


The GO SEStran Forth Freight Strategy is being funded by Transport Scotland through the Local Rail Development Fund.


The South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) is the statutory regional transport partnership of eight local authorities – City of Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, East Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian.  It covers a region which is of significant economic value to the Scottish economy and is a major generator of freight movements.


For more information about how to input to this study, download an information leaflet or email


Meet the Buyer Goes Virtual

Under the banner of InvestFife, Fife Council’s Economic Development Team hosted a virtual Meet the Buyer event last Thursday (5 November) as part of Fife Business Week 2020.


As businesses adapt to how they buy and sell, this virtual event, delivered by Fife Council’s Economic Development Team in partnership with the Supplier Development Programme, brought together 258 participants to create new opportunities in the new ‘normal’. Of those, 60 attendees were from businesses based in Fife.


Meet the Buyer showcased a range of contract opportunities currently available in Fife, across various sectors, including construction, offshore wind, renewables, and manufacturing. In addition to a warm welcome from Fife Council’s Economic Development and Procurement teams, there were presentations from Talgo, EDF Renewables, SSE Renewables and Red Rock Power Limited.


Ann Camus, Enterprise & Business Development Manager at Fife Council, said:


“The coronavirus pandemic has changed the B2B marketplace. We’re all having to adapt, and so this year, we took our traditional Meet the Buyer event as part of Fife Business Week, online, to support businesses to realise contracts in the new ‘normal’. Participants learnt about significant projects happening here in Fife and were able to find out how to be part of the supply chain.


“It was extremely encouraging to hear that over 250 participants took part in this event, and from a poll taken on the day, 86 per cent of those, believed the event would encourage them to bid for more public sector contracts.”


Norrie Scott of NJS Lighting Solutions, LED lighting specialists based in Fife, said:


“I found the virtual Meet the Buyer event very professional and informative. Delivering virtual events can be challenging, so well done to all involved!


“I was able to engage in a one-to-one with Talgo UK, whereby I will be following up on what we can offer in relation to the development of the site at Longannet, Fife with the contact details I got on the day. There are tough months ahead for all businesses but positivity for the future remains strong for Fife.”


Talgo presented on opportunities to become part of its supply chain for works on its multi-million pound factory on the site of Longannet, whilst EDF Renewables updated local businesses on plans for Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore windfarm, for which supply chain opportunities exist. Similar presentations were made by SSE Renewables and Red Rock Power Limited, with each of these companies, offering key insights into supply chain opportunities and those nuances that could support the procurement tender.


Jon Veitch, Managing Director of Talgo UK Ltd., said:


“We were absolutely thrilled with the opportunity to contribute to Fife Business Week and especially the Meet the Buyer event. It is so heartening to see the capability and qualities of organisations from Scotland and Fife, which we hope to harness in the coming and lasting years.”


For information about the training, support and information that’s available to help you win work and grow your business, visit the Supplier Development Programme website.

Take part in Living Wage Week 2020

You are invited to help celebrate – or learn more about – the real Living Wage movement this week (9-15 November) during Living Wage Week.


The annual event, organised by Living Wage Scotland, has a host of online networking events and webinars for employers interested in or already paying the real Living Wage. Click here for more information and to book your place.


Businesses who are already accredited Living Wage Employers can find out how they can take part in celebrating the week by downloading a digital  pack of Living WageWeek resources.


The real Living Wage is an independently calculated rate based on the cost of living and is paid voluntarily by employers.  The rate is calculated in November each year by the Resolution Foundation from an analysis of the wage that employees need to earn in order to afford the basket of goods required for a decent standard of living.  Currently the rate is £9.30 per hour, today the Resolution Foundation announced that the rate will increase to £9.50 in April 2021.


Over 800 more employers in the UK have become accredited Living Wage employers since the start of lockdown, including Tate and Lyle, Network Rail, Capital One, the All England Lawn Tennis Club and Ember Technology in Glenrothes.


They join a network of almost 7,000 employers across the UK who are already paying this recommended rate to ensure all staff earn a wage that meets the real cost of living, and covers everyday needs.


To find out how to become an accredited Living Wage employer visit the Living Wage Scotland website.



Fife College invites you to have your say

Fife College values the partnerships it has with businesses in the region and its role helping to develop the local workforce.


It is keen to find out how Fife’s businesses perceive its brand, how it might improve its communications with you and most importantly, how it can improve the training it offers for your current and future employees.


You are therefore invited to have your say by taking part in a short online survey which should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.


Please note that the survey is being conducted by an external agency which Fife College has used on a number of occasions.  Your responses will be confidential and findings will be presented to Fife College only at an aggregated level and will not be shared with any other organisation.


The survey closed on Wednesday 18 November.