From Fife to Harrods – Feragaia makes its debut

Feragaia (/fe-ra-guy-a/), Scotland’s first alcohol-free spirit made from land and sea botanicals, has signed a meaningful supply contract with the world-renowned department store, Harrods.

 

The spirit, which launched just over a year ago and is based in Fife, is aimed at those opting for no or low alcohol brands. Bringing together 14 land and sea botanicals, Feragaia delivers a distinct and complex drink, making it the ideal accompaniment for a month of AF cocktails. Its launch on to Harrods’ shelves was made earlier this month (December), in time for Christmas, with initial sales reports positive.

 

Feragaia was introduced to a buyer from Harrods whilst exhibiting at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show in Glasgow in January. Its attendance in the new brands section of the event, was supported by Fife Council’s Economic Development Team as part of its Trade Development Programme.

 

Bill Garnock, Co-founder of Feragaia, said:

 

“Our inaugural year has not been without its challenges, but it is wonderful that a conversation I had in January at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show in Glasgow, has resulted in a supply contract with Harrods.

 

“Our bottles are sitting prominently in a five-star display, rubbing shoulders with other leading drinks brands. The initial response has been extremely positive and Feragaia is selling well! I can’t quite believe that we launched a year ago, and have endured the worst pandemic of recent years, but we’ve had this success. It’s what dreams are made of!”

 

Bill added:


“I was fortunate to receive support and assistance from Fife Council’s Trade Development Programme and Business Gateway Fife, which enabled me to attend and exhibit Feragaia at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show. Exhibitions and events like this are vital in seeking opportunities in new and existing markets, and ultimately, it was meeting a Harrods buyer there, that led to this significant opportunity.”

 

Other contacts and networks were developed at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show and Feragaia can also be found on many farm shops’ shelves across Scotland.

 

This momentum is being further developed as the brand grows and widens its reach. In January, it will employ a business development executive, whilst focusing on upscaling production and operations, which in turn will allow for Feragaia to focus on bolstering its domestic market, as well as explore export opportunities in the Middle East and North America.

 

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

 

“Feragaia is a fantastic example of a start-up business, which has benefited enormously from our Trade Development Programme. Attending exhibitions, which allow for the showcase of products and services, opportunities to meet buyers face to face, and to develop brand awareness, creates the opportunity to expand domestically as well as internationally. The opportunities are endless!”

Fife Business Award Winners 2020

Congratulations to the winners of the Fife Business Awards 2020!

 

The winners were announced at last Friday’s online awards ceremony organised and hosted by the Fife Chamber of Commerce.

 

The 2020 award winners are listed below.  Click for more information about the awards and the 2020 winners.

 

Best Marketing Campaign Award – Sponsored by Semefab
  • The Buffalo Farm
Best Performing Business (with under 10 employees) – Sponsored by Ingenico Group
  • Discounted Office Supplies
Best School Partnership – Sponsored by ExxonMobil
  • Handpicked by CR Smith
Excellence in Creativity and Innovation – Sponsored by MHA Henderson Loggie
  • Bluebox Aviation Systems Ltd
Excellence in People Development (over to 20 employees) – Sponsored by Leviton Network Solutions Europe
  • MP Fife Limited
Best Performing Business (over 50 employees) – Sponsored by EQ Accountants
  • Diageo
Best Performing Business (between 10 and 50 employees) – Sponsored by Thomson Cooper
  • The Buffalo Farm

 

Excellence in Community Engagement – Sponsored by Rennies Coaches
  • Boogie Bounce Buckhaven
Excellence in Customer Service – Sponsored by Diageo
  • Lime Salon
Greenest Business – Sponsored by Kettle Produce
  • Diageo
Inspiration Award
  • Coull Brewery
Outstdanding Business Award
  • Exterity

 

Have your say – take part in the Scottish Government’s consultation on its recovery plan for the manufacturing sector

Making Scotland’s Future – recovery plan for manufacturing consultation

The Scottish Government is consulting on Making Scotland’s Future – a draft recovery plan for manufacturing which proposes a set of actions for delivery over the next 12 months which has been designed with industry, public sector, trade union and academia.

 

In line with the report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery, which recommended that bespoke sector recovery plans are put in place, Making Scotland’s Future: A Recovery Plan for Manufacturing – Draft for consultation proposes a series of actions for public agencies, industry and academia to take forward by the end of 2021. These proposals are designed to secure a strong, sustainable future for the manufacturing sector across four inter-dependent priority areas: Collaboration and networks; Supply chains and competitiveness; Adaptation and transformation; and Skills and workforce.

 

Common to each area of work is a commitment to putting sustainable manufacturing at the heart of the sector’s recovery. This is not just the right thing to do in the face of the climate emergency, but a win-win for the sector too: reducing companies’ emissions and costs; and ensuring Scottish manufacturing can compete in domestic and global markets as low carbon products become increasingly attractive to consumers and buyers.

 

The proposals will be the subject of rapid engagement with the sector’s stakeholders over the next two months, before being finalised in early 2021. The period of consultation on the proposed actions within the publication begins today (4 December 2020) and will close on 15 January 2021. Feedback can be provided through a questionnaire on Citizen Space.

 

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information.

Babcock invests in technically advanced shipbuilding facility

Aerospace and defence company Babcock has awarded a ÂŁ13.5 million contract to Robertson Construction for the development of a new Assembly Hall at its Rosyth site.

 

The construction project will support around 100 jobs in Scotland and a further 100 throughout the UK.

 

The work is part of a ÂŁ55 million investment programme currently underway at the Rosyth site, on top of a further ÂŁ100 million that has been invested there over the last 10 years.

 

The new Assembly Hall will initially be used for delivering the Type 31 general purposed frigate programme and will provide a modern, future-ready facility designed for the assembly of two vessels side by side.  Free from weather disruption, the facility will also enable productivity gains due to improved access and digital connectivity.

 

Click to read the whole story.

Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund

A new fund was launched by the Scottish Government on Saturday (5 December) providing grants to Scottish food and drink wholesalers suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund will award grants to food and drink wholesalers who sell food and drink supplies to the hospitality sector on trade or public contracts.

 

The support can be used for supporting the fixed costs of operating your business and specific additional costs, including losses of stock.

 

Click for further details on the scheme and eligibility and to download an application form.

 

Applications must be submitted by midnight on Sunday 13 December.

 

For information on all the guidance. support and tools available for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic visit www.findbusinesssupport.gov.scot

Kirkcaldy launches its own gift card

Yesterday (Thursday 3 December) saw the launch of Kirkcaldy’s very own gift card designed to encourage people to support local businesses in the town centre.

 

The Kirkcaldy gift card is a pre-paid Mastercard which can be loaded with any amount from ÂŁ5 to ÂŁ500, is valid for 12 months and can be redeemed for a variety of goods from coffee to carpets.

 

The card can be spent at an ever-growing number of town centre businesses who have signed up to become part of the programme.

 

Launching the card, Cllr Neil Crooks, Convener of Fife Council’s Area Committee said:  “For years businesses and the public have talked about developing the Kirkcaldy pound and the Kirkcaldy Gift Card is a take on that.

 

“Kirkcaldy is continuing to develop and despite recent challenges, we have a lot of new businesses opening adding to longstanding firm favourites.  Ove 40% of the town’s businesses are independent and many are award winners, so the Kirkcaldy gift card is a great way to gift all the town centre has to offer in one handy card.”

 

Technology for the gift card, which can be purchased at www.kirkcaldygiftcard.com, is being provided by Perth firm Miconex.

 

Businesses interested in finding out more or becoming part of the Kirkcaldy gift card programme should email hazel.cross@fife.gov.uk

 

 

 

Fife College achieves best positive destination figures in Scotland

Fife College recorded an increase in the percentage of their students going on to positive destinations, and now has the highest rate of all Scottish colleges.

 

Figures published by the Scottish Funding Council for the 2018-19 academic year show that almost 3,000 Fife College students went on to further studies, training or into employment after completing their course.

 

This means that 93.3% of students went on to positive destinations, the highest rate of all Scottish colleges and an increase of 2.2 percentage points from the previous year, a period when the rate dropped slightly nationally.

 

Commenting on the figures, Assistant Principal Iain Hawker said that they were a reflection of the continued work the College did to provide high-quality, relevant learning and teaching to all of their students.

 

Assistant Principal at Fife College, Iain Hawker said:

 

“We’re incredibly proud of the work we do here at Fife College to help our students achieve their goals.

 

“Whether that’s starting a new career or going on to further studies and training, we help to transform the lives of those who are studying with us.

 

“These figures show that even more of our students are now going on to a positive destination, and Fife College has the best success rate of any college in Scotland.

 

“This is a great reflection on our high standard of course design and delivery, our links with employers throughout the region, our articulation routes to degree study and our ability to provide the skills and knowledge that will be relevant in the current jobs market.

 

“We have a track record of delivering to our students the curriculum and course content they need to succeed, and this will be ever more important as our economy recovers from the pandemic. ”

 

SGN’s world-first green hydrogen-to-homes heating network in Fife gets green light

Work will now start on the world’s first hydrogen heating network in Fife after it secured funding and approval from energy regulator Ofgem.

 

Gas network company SGN will build its H100 Fife hydrogen demonstration network in Levenmouth as a trial project to see whether zero carbon hydrogen made using renewable energy and water can help meet Britain’s climate goals.

 

Three hundred homes in Fife will be fitted with free hydrogen boilers, heaters and cooking appliances and will begin to receive green gas produced by a dedicated electrolysis plant powered by a nearby offshore wind turbine from the end of 2022.

 

Up to 1,000 homes could be included if the first phase of the trial is completed successfully.

 

The trial has the backing of Ofgem which awarded ÂŁ18 million to SGN to develop the pioneering project. The Scottish Government will also support the project with a grant of ÂŁ6.9 million.

 

Green hydrogen is a central part of the government’s plan to reduce the use of fossil fuels as it can be used in the same way as fossil gas, but produces no carbon emissions.

 

Click for more information about the project.

 

 

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 ÂŁ24 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.