Fife to head to Offshore Europe Exhibition in September 2021

Fife is heading to SPE Offshore Europe in Aberdeen later this year and is seeking a strong representation of local companies to exhibit.


The bi-annual four-day event, which is one of the largest conferences and exhibitions for the global offshore exploration and production industry, will take place between 7 and 10 September 2021.


Fife Council Economic Development, under the banner InvestFife, will host a stand at the four-day event, and is seeking local businesses to showcase Fife’s longstanding and expanding reputation in the sector.


Businesses will benefit from engaging directly with technical experts on the exhibition floor, networking with international market leaders and new innovative companies, to source, compare and collaborate.


In previous years, Fife participants have included MRS Training & Rescue, Utility ROV, Lamond and Murray, Bridge Systems, Process Plus, GES Oil Field Services Ltd and Ductform HFE, the latter of which has attended Offshore Europe as part of InvestFife’s stand since 2013.


Ductform HFE’s Managing Director, Stacey McKinlay, commented:


“Offshore Europe has been an excellent platform to showcase our offering of HVAC Ductwork, Fabrication and Engineering Solutions.


“Being part of a group stand has allowed us to become much more visible and has helped forge long-standing relationships with local businesses, all working together to help showcase Fife’s offerings as a business community.¬† This collaborative force, which is supported by Fife Council Economic Development, helps draw a wider audience to the stand, increasing the opportunity for generating new business.”


Stacey concluded:


“Our position, in what was once a very new market for us, has steadily improved year on year, given the support and team spirit generated through the Fife stand at Offshore Europe.”


Councillor Altany Craik, Convener of the Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee said:


“Fife has a robust reputation as an ideal location for the energy and renewables sector, including Energy Park Fife, so it is vital that we showcase this and other successful projects to a global audience, whilst also protecting the region’s economic recovery.


“Fife has hosted a stand at Offshore Europe for over 20 years, and time and time again, it has generated new opportunities for Fife-based businesses, enabling growth and development, whilst helping to grow the local economy.¬† Now, more than ever, we are encouraging local businesses to join us for the four-day event and help us fly the flag for Fife.”


Fife Council’s Trade Development Programme, which supports Fife businesses to participate at or visit exhibitions in a wide range of industry sectors, is organising a Fife stand and can help first-time exhibitors with part-funding towards the exhibition costs.¬† For regular exhibitors, joining InvestFife’s stand can bring marketing and networking opportunities, as well as logistical and practical help with promotional materials.


For more information about exhibiting at Offshore Europe or to register your interest email  The deadline to register interest is 15 March 2021.

Fife Tech Consortium appoints new chair

The Fife Tech Consortium, a group of Fife-based technology companies which aims to build opportunities and encourage careers in the sector, has appointed a new Chair.


Jim Tomaney, Chief Operating Officer at Renovite Technologies and newly-appointed Chair of the Fife Tech Consortium

Jim Tomaney, Chief Operating Officer at payment solutions company, Renovite Technologies in Dunfermline, will head up the technology-focussed group. He brings a wealth of experience, having been a founding member of Fife Tech, and will lead the Consortium’s strategic direction in a post-lockdown environment.


Jim Tomaney, Chair of Fife Tech Consortium, said:


‚ÄúNow more than ever, as we emerge out of one of the most challenging times for businesses, the Consortium has an important role to play in bringing together local technology companies on common areas of interest, such as funding, education and building a larger talent pool.‚ÄĚ


Jim added:


‚ÄúMy priority is to bring together the Consortium to agree a strategic direction to ensure we meet and can support the current needs of the technology sector here in Fife. So much has changed over the last year, we need to ensure we remain relevant to encourage growth.‚ÄĚ


The Fife Tech Consortium was established by Fife Council Economic Development’s Team, under the banner, InvestFife, in August 2019. It brings together several technology companies including: Ingenico, the global leader in seamless payment; global payment solutions company, Renovite Technologies; Rosyth-based Sainsbury’s Bank; subscriber intelligence provider Singula Decisions (formerly Paywizard); and Verifone, which provides a seamless payment experience with any payment method. The platform provides an opportunity to collaborate positively on common areas of interest such as funding, education and building a bigger talent pool to support growth in the sector in Fife.


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


‚ÄúThe Consortium represents a positive opportunity for local businesses to collaborate to encourage employment, qualifications and skills in the sector, and to avoid a potential skills gap. We welcome news of Jim Tomaney‚Äôs appointment as Chair, who brings much experience, and can support the industry and its needs, during this vital time.‚ÄĚ


For more information about the group, email

Funding available for Fife’s Food & Drink Businesses to showcase products virtually for one year

Fife Council Economic Development has funding available through its Trade Development Programme for Fife-based food and drink businesses to promote their goods and services to buyers over the course of 2021.


Food and drink businesses seeking to grow and build their client base are being encouraged to apply for funding, to take part in Scotland‚Äôs Speciality Food Show. The event is being delivered online from January to December 2021 giving buyers exclusive access to all products, all year. Registered buyers can search, select and request information on products, can access virtual showrooms, bookmark favourite products and make appointments with ‚Äėexhibitors‚Äô and chat with the team. Buyers can return time and time again to locate the products they need, when they need them.


Under the banner, InvestFife, Fife Council Economic Development’s Trade Development Programme is offering part-funding (50 per cent) for the online exhibition costs to Fife food and drink businesses. In addition, and in partnership with Business Gateway Fife and Food From Fife, businesses will be offered relevant training, including sessions on selling online and Digital Boost workshops, in preparation for the year-long event.


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


“Scotland’s Speciality Food Show has a proven track record of creating opportunities in new and existing markets for Fife-based food and drink businesses. The feedback we’ve had in recent years has been positive, with businesses reporting the establishment of viable contacts as well as securing contracts.


‚ÄúWe do encourage businesses, where possible, to attend events like these ‚Äď there‚Äôs no better way of being visible to food and drink buyers from across the UK. This year, the show will be a bit different, but with it running online over the course of 2021, that will create more opportunities for local food and drink businesses.‚ÄĚ


Feragaia, Scotland’s first distilled alcohol-free spirit, exhibited at last year’s Scotland’s Speciality Food Show, where it met a buyer from Harrods, and subsequently signed a supply deal with the prestigious department store. In less than a year from the initial meeting, Feragaia was on Harrods’ shelves!


Feragaia’s Co-founder, Bill Garnock commented:


‚ÄúScotland‚Äôs Speciality Food Show 2020 brought about significant opportunities for our business ‚Äď we‚Äôve had a 250 per cent growth in our monthly sales since January last year!


“In addition to meeting a representative from Harrods we were also able to form other supply opportunities, meeting high calibre food and drink buyers from across the UK, which have resulted in sales over the last year.


‚ÄúWe‚Äôre still reaping the benefits of exhibiting at Scotland‚Äôs Speciality Food Show, as we continue to network and develop some of those initial contacts. We will be exhibiting again this year ‚Äď online over the course of the year ‚Äď as we seek to grow the domestic side of our business, as well as develop export opportunities.‚ÄĚ


Fife-based food and drink businesses keen to exhibit virtually at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show 2021 are encouraged to contact InvestFife: to discuss the range of support available.

Inchdairnie Distillery wins government cash to convert to green energy

Inchdairnie Distillery in Glenrothes is one of 17 businesses in the UK to be awarded government funding to go green.


The Distillery, operated by John Fergus and Co Ltd, is to receive over £70,000 from the fund to explore the use of hydrogen to decarbonise processed heat.


The ¬£10 million Green Distilling Fund was launched by the UK Government last year to support the introduction of innovative low-carbon energy sources in the country’s whisky distilleries.¬† Eleven distilleries across Scotland and six in England received funding from the first phase of awards to scope and develop a feasible pilot demonstration project.¬† Later this year, the 17 distilleries will be invited to bid for Phase 2 funding to develop and demonstrate their projects.


Click for more information about the Green Distilleries Competition.









CessCon Decom secures major contract as it launches Fife facility with the creation of up to 50 jobs

CessCon Decom has launched its new decommissioning facility at Energy Park Fife, Methil, with the announcement that it has been awarded Scotland’s largest decommissioning contract to date, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.


The facility, which has been in the making for the last couple of years, was awarded its first contract in December (2020) for the onshore decommissioning, dismantlement, and recycling of Spirit Energy’s Morecambe Bay DP3 and DP4 facilities in the East Irish Sea, by Allseas. The contract involves the processing of over 23,000 tonnes of material at CessCon Decom’s facility in Methil.


CessCon Decom secured this contract as a direct result of a competitive tender and will commence work immediately. The first structures are planned to arrive at the Energy Park Fife facility in early 2021.


Commenting on the award, Lee Hanlon, CEO of CessCon Group, said:


‚ÄúWe are delighted to have been selected by Allseas and Spirit Energy to provide onshore decommissioning, dismantlement and recycling services at our new decommissioning facility in Scotland. It is excellent to see that our hard work and determination to establish a new UK dismantlement and recycling facility has been recognised by Allseas and Spirit Energy, and we look forward to delivering a successful project together.‚ÄĚ


InvestFife ‚ÄstFife Council Economic Development¬†Team¬†‚Äď has been working with Scottish Enterprise and¬†CessCon¬†Decom, which has included a ¬£7m investment programme to expand the site to allow access for larger structures to be dismantled.¬†It‚Äôs¬†very much been a team approach, with help and support from Fife Council‚Äôs planning team, investment secured from a range of sources, as well as InvestFife helping to source the right workforce, and to ensure the correct supply chains are set up, to benefit local businesses and communities.


This inaugural contract with Allseas has gained much traction and has certainly put Fife on the map as a Scottish decommissioning location.


Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:


“The award of this major onshore decommissioning contract is evidence of the growing strength of Scotland’s decommissioning supply chain and the capabilities, knowledge and skills held within the industry.


“I am delighted to see how recent investment through the Scottish Government’s Decommissioning Challenge Fund and the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund has been used to develop the decommissioning potential of Methil Docks and to help secure major projects within this key growth sector.


‚ÄúWith the market for oil and gas decommissioning forecast to reach ¬£15.2 billion over the next decade, there is huge potential for the Scottish supply chain to capitalise on this opportunity and to continue to develop its world class capabilities. At a time in which the decommissioning supply chain continues to be significantly affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is welcome news that this new facility has secured its first major dismantlement and recycling contract.‚ÄĚ


Councillor Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, commented:


“This is great news for CessCon Decom. It is a significant contract with Allseas, which includes the processing of over 23,000 tonnes of materials at Cesscon Decom’s newly established facility at Energy Park Fife. I hope it is the first of many such contracts!


‚ÄúThis¬†announcement also reinforces the importance of the decommissioning sector to Fife, which will bring a significant economic boost to the region‚Äôs¬†economy, with the creation of¬†between 30 and¬†50 jobs, with scope to increase this in the years to come.‚ÄĚ


Councillor Craik added:


‚ÄúWe have invested significantly in the Decommissioning Campus at Energy Park Fife to capture such contracts, as well as to target the Central North Sea structure dismantling projects. COVID-19 has delayed this slightly, but this significant contract, shows that decommissioning activity is starting to pick-up.‚ÄĚ