Council supports plans for redeveloping Longannet

Members of Fife Council’s Central and West Planning Committee yesterday (Thursday 18 December) approved a planning application from Scottish Enterprise to redevelop Longannet power station.


Fife Council Co-Leader, Cllr David Ross, said: “The Longannet site is nationally significant and critically important locally.  The planning permission granted yesterday marks a significant step forward in the journey towards creating new employment and economic opportunities in the Kincardine area and beyond.


“This latest milestone builds upon the work of the Longannet Taskforce, whose focus has been to support the wider regeneration of the area following the power station’s closure in 2016.


“We now look forward to showcasing the site to ensure that this location, which has driven past industrial revolutions, will once again be a catalyst towards business activity that drives a renewed innovation-led economy.”


Fife Council Co-Leader, Cllr David Alexander, added: “Planning application approval will see approximately 74 hectares of the site made available for investors into the Kingdom, and will boost the economy within South and West Fife and across the wider region.


“We also seek to secure secondary investment within Fife, recognising that the Longannet site and its infrastructure connections give rise to significant opportunities across the wider area.  Around 1,000 jobs are expected to be created at Longannet.”


The plans to regenerate the site of Scotland’s last coal-fuelled power station also support the council’s wider aim of reducing carbon emissions.



Fife Council wins Scottish Green Energy Award

Fife Council and RWE took home the Best Engagement Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards last week for their work promoting the Glenrothes Energy Network.


Pictured with the Best Engagement Award are from LHS Ken Gourlay (Fife Council), Cllr Altany Craik (Fife Council), Carlene Simpson (Fife Council), Ross Tulloch (Fife Council), Mark Picton (RWE) and Ian Calvert (RWE).

The awards, organised by Scottish Renewables, were announced in Edinburgh on 5 December and saw winners in 12 categories receive trophies recognising their work in the green energy sector.


Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables said: “Once again, the Scottish Green Energy Awards showcase the truly incredible innovation, drive and passion of those working within our industry.


“The commitment, knowledge and hard work of those within the industry is making a significant positive impact on Scotland’s economy as we continue to mitigate carbon emissions and work towards achieving net zero by 2045.


“My congratulations go to all nominees and of course to the winners.”


The Glenrothes Heat Network is a £24 million collaborative local heat scheme between the Scottish Government, RWE and Fife Council.  It provides sustainable low carbon heat to a mix of industrial, commercial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as the Council’s Fife House complex of offices.




Cowdenbeath launches shop local campaign

A new campaign to encourage people to shop local is being launched next week in Cowdenbeath.


From Monday 9th to Sunday 15 December, shops and businesses in Cowdenbeath town centre are taking part in the Cowdenbeath Festive Fiver Fest – a week of activity to encourage people to shop local.


Organised by Love Cowdenbeath, nearly 50 businesses have put together special £5 offers to showcase their products and services and give customers an extra excuse to pop in and spend money.


“Cowdenbeath is a town where there is a wealth of great independent businesses who offer a wide range of products along with excellent customer service and knowledge.” said a member of the Love Cowdenbeath Group.


“If each adult in the town spent £5 locally each week, we would boost the local economy by over £2m per year.”



New campaign to showcase Scotland’s Ancient Capital

A new campaign will bring more visitors to Dunfermline and West Fife by showcasing the town and area’s history with the help of funding from VisitScotland.


Led by the Dunfermline Heritage Partnership with the support of Fife Cultural Trust and Dunfermline & West Fife Tourism Partnership, the digital marketing campaign will draw on Dunfermline’s strong heritage and cultural story to encourage more visits to the town and its surrounding area, including Culross, North Queensferry and Inverkeithing.


VisitScotland is supporting the campaign with a £12,750 Growth Fund award.  Its Growth Fund provides support to national, regional and sectoral tourism groups across Scotland to help them deliver partnership marketing campaigns.


The project aims to develop and share inspiring content and stories across social media to showcase the area’s rich history to visitors across the UK.  This will include e-books, itineraries and work with influencers.  The new content will sit on


Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director said: “Dunfermline and West Fife has so many wonderful stories for visitors to discover and I’m very pleased that we are supporting this innovative campaign with our Growth Fund award.


“The area is steeped in history, both ancient and modern, and I look forward to seeing the town and West Fife’s rich heritage coming to life to showcase Scotland’s ancient capital as a top visitor destination.”


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Have your say on future transport investment in Scotland

Transport Scotland is conducting an online survey for the Second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2), a Scotland-wide review of the country’s strategic transport network across all transport modes.


You are invited to take part in this survey which will run until 10 January 2020.


The survey is designed to gain the views of organisations and businesses as well as residents on strategic transport problems and opportunities as well as identifying potential investment options.


The STPR2 will inform transport investment in Scotland for the next 20 years.


Click for more information and to take part in the survey.


In the Footsteps of Kings wins Innovation Award at Family Attraction Expo

Augmented Reality (AR) company AliveLab scooped a prestigious award at the 2019 Family Attraction Expo.


The company was awarded the Innovation Award for developing the ‘In The Footsteps of Kings’ app for the Fife Tourism Partnership.


The app guides visitors along royal paths and connects them with historic landmarks including Ravenscraig Castle, Lochore Castle, Aberdour Castle, Falkland Place and Estate and Markinch Church.


It provides Augmented Reality interactive games on a smartphone or tablet at each of the sites, as well as giving information on local buisnesses.


Sharon Wyness, CEO of AliveLab said: “We are thrilled to have won the Innovation Award at the Family Attraction Expo.  The ‘In the Footsteps of Kings’ app is a great showcase for our technology skills and how they can enhance the whole visitor experience for children and their families. It also shows how technology can interact with outdoor activities and provide education at the same time as offering everyone a fun time.  We think that AR works really well in any number of tourist environments, and we are confident that the award will raise our profile in the industry.”


Ann Camus, Fife Tourism Partnership Manager said: “It is brilliant that the ‘In the Footsteps of Kings’ app has received this recognition.  Tourism brings a high level of economic value to Fife – the industry brings in £558m each year to the local economy and supports over 12,000 jobs across the region.”


For more information about the app and how your business can benefit, download the In the Footsteps of Kings Business Toolkit.





University of St Andrews strikes new European deal

The University of St Andrews has signed a partnership agreement with one of Europe’s leading universities.


The University is to expand its existing cooperation with the University of Bonn under an agreement that provides for new and far-reaching collaborations in research, study and administration.


The two universities have agreed to provide increased exchange opportunities for students, academic staff and professional and administrative staff.


Staff and students from St Andrews will be given the opportunity to research, teach and study at Bonn, and vice-versa.  The agreement also provides for the establishment of joint study and research programmes and work shadowing offers for administrative staff.  Both universities also intend to develop joint research and teaching activities.


University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sally Mapstone, said: “We are delighted to have signed a wide-ranging Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Bonn, which sets out our commitment to deepening our partnership in the years to come and, very importantly, will see a continual exchange of people and ideas between our two institutions, and between Scotland and Europe.”


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Fife businesses gear up for Southern Manufacturing

Manufacturing businesses from across Fife are preparing to attend the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics show, at Farnborough International in February.


The UK’s largest regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition has proved fruitful in recent years for Fife-based businesses, winning contracts and making new contacts.


Southern Manufacturing will celebrate its 21st show in 2019, where around 800 exhibitors and thousands of visitors are expected to attend the three-day event (5–7 February 2019).


Attending from Fife will be Contract Solutions Precision Engineering, AGS Electronics, Fife Fabrications, Reel Service and Eurospray. I4 Product Design will also take part in the visit as a means of supporting collaboration and supply chain links with Fife businesses.


This is Eurospray’s first time attending Southern Manufacturing. The Glenrothes-based business, Scotland’s largest sub-contract paint finishing facility, intends to use this exhibition as a platform for showcasing its leading-edge finishes to new contacts.


Jim Fairnie, Managing Director of Eurospray, said:

“This is our first time attending Southern Manufacturing, but we’re doing so to   showcase our paint finishing expertise to a wide range of sectors and industries.

“We anticipate that the event  will be an effective means of business development, as we will have the opportunity to network, meet new businesses, which in turn we hope will lead to new sales opportunities.”


Fife Council Economic Development Team’s Trade Development Programme is supporting these local businesses to visit Southern Manufacturing.


Pamela Stevenson, Lead Officer, Enterprise and Business Development, Fife Council, said:

“Year-on-year, Fife businesses have reported success at Southern Manufacturing. The exhibition has offered the opportunity to network with colleagues in the industry, meet potential new customers and secure new contracts.

“With manufacturing evolving all the time, this exhibition is key, as it brings together the latest developments in industrial technology and engineering services, as well offering insight into some of Europe’s top engineering specialists.”

(Photo from Southern Manufacturing 2018)


For more information about Southern Manufacturing, please email:


Workplace Innovation Fund

The Workplace Innovation Fund – developed by Scottish Enterprise and Business Gateway – can contribute up to £5,000 towards activities that will allow your business to introduce new and innovative workplace practices. The Fund will support projects centred on at least 2 out of the 3 following themes:


People – Your employees will individually and collectively have a range of ideas to make the business better. It is important to listen to their ideas and motivate beyond pay such as recognising the benefits of diversity, reward and supporting learning & development.


Place – Through better use of your workplace you can develop a culture of fresh thinking and a place where creativity can thrive. This isn’t just about moving desks or introducing new equipment. Reviewing your organisational structure can identify areas where employees are empowered to make decisions, remove silos, and increase cross-team working.


Practice – By actively involving your people in the design of your business developments you are more likely to find new and more efficient ways of working; making full use of their skills and experience to the greatest effect. Employees who feel empowered are more likely to drive change and work in a more collaborative style.


What it can be used for

Bespoke projects around the theme of Workplace Innovation. You may wish to look at issues such as developing the culture of your organisation, introducing new values or altering the existing values & vision of your company, how technology can be used to bring staff together to share knowledge, and identifying future leaders & succession planning.

They are not able to fund…

  • Purchase of ICT hardware, software, licences; or
  • Physical resources such as office furniture.



Companies have an ambition to increase turnover by £200,000 over a 3-year period. Companies must also be able to fund any projects upfront before claiming costs.


How to apply?

For further information and to apply please fill out a pre-qualification form on the Scottish Enteprise website. If you meet the above eligibility and would like to discuss your project, please contact Alison Hemsi. 

Good luck to finalists in the Fife Business Diversity Awards 2018

The Fife Business Diversity Awards 2018 will recognise the success of businesses, organisations and individuals who excel in promoting the employment of people who face disadvantages in the labour market.


Hosted by the Opportunities Fife Partnership, the annual event will take place on Friday 7 December at the Bay Hotel, Kinghorn.


People may experience disadvantage in finding and keep a job due to person issues, disability or health conditions, as well as lack of work experience, skills or qualifications.


These awards specifically acknowledge determination, resourcefulness and originality in creating equal opportunities for all in the work place.


Fife Provost and Councillor Jim Leishman, said, “I believe every one of us has a talent. Some of us discover it early in life, and many of us need support to find it. But I’ve learned that it’s not just about find your talent and skills, it’s about taking the opportunities that life presents us and facing the challenges of everyday living to put these talents and skills to use. It’s about being determined and facing adversity and not giving up on the dreams and goals we want to achieve.”


Lucinda McAllister, Service Manager for Employability and Supported Employment Service at Fife Council, added “I wish to thank our nominees for allowing us to learn about your journey, sharing a journey that was personal and inspiring – well done to you, you truly deserve the recognition you have received.”