Levenmouth Local Energy Project Business Breakfast

Find out how to get involved in the  Levenmouth Local Energy Project at a Business Breakfast on 28 March.

 

Businesses in the Levenmouth area are invited to attend the event which which is taking place from 8.30-10.30am at the Fife Renewables Innovation Centre in Methil.

 

Organised by Fife Council and Green Business Fife, as part of a pilot project to reduce heat and energy consumption in the area, the event will also give you the opportunity to get free advice on how to reduce your energy and waste costs.

 

Resource Efficient Scotland will be on hand to outline the services it can offer, including its SME loan fund which is currently offering a 15% cash back.

 

Cllr Vettraino, convener of Fife Council’s Environment, Protective Services & Community Safety Committee, said: “This event is a great opportunity for Levenmouth businesses to come along, make new contacts and learn how they can reduce their business energy costs from expert Resource Efficient Scotland Advisers.”

 

Click for further details about the event and to book your place or email info@greenbusinessfife.co.uk

 

Click for more information on the Levenmouth Local Energy Project or contact carlene.simpson@fife.gov.uk

New Training and Enterprise Hub opens for business

A new £500,000 state-of-the-art Training and Enterprise Hub in Kincardine is boosting the area’s economic prospects.

 

The Hub is a ‘game-changing moment’ for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust which, for almost 20 years, has been supporting and improving the lives of the half-a-million people who live in Scotland’s coalfields communities.

 

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) invested £250,000 of its own funds to buy and renovate the former Clydesdale Bank Building in Kirk Street, Kincardine, with Fife Council and the Scottish Government providing match funding from the Scottish Government Local Economic Development Capital Stimulus Grant Fund, supported by the Longannet Task Force.

 

The Hub is now the CRT’s national headquarters and the base for a ten-strong team of staff who are working to help tackle the loss of jobs and economic benefits from the closure of Kincardine Power Station.

 

From spring of this year, the Hub will also be a business support and enterprise location for Fife Council and Business Gateway Fife.

 

This will allow the council and other organisations to deliver events, training and other support services from the Hub to new and existing businesses in the area.

 

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, said: “I am delighted that the Kincardine Training and Enterprise Hub is now open for business.  This facility, part-funded through the Scottish Government’s Local Economic Development Capital Grant Fund, will be an excellent asset to enterprising individuals, start-ups and businesses with growth aspirations.  It will also provide the Enterprise Hub’s tenants with access to a modern facility that will encourage collaboration, networking and business growth.”

 

Councillor David Ross, Co-Leader of Fife Council and Co-Chair of the Longannet Task Force said: “I am pleased that the Coalfields Regeneration Trust has been able to support the Longannet Task Force and Fife Council in delivering local projects including this training and enterprise hub within Kincardine.

 

“The partnerships forged with organisations like CRT allow Fife Council, Business Gateway Fife and partners to support local people, employees and businesses to reduce the economic impact of the closure of Kincardine Power Station.”

 

Councillor David Alexander, Co-Leader of Fife Council added: “This new Hub is a huge step in the right direction for the economy in and around Kincardine, and is just one of the projects being driven by the council to boost innovation and provide modern business and industrial premises.”

 

For more information, including the facilities and services provided by the Hub and how to book, email crt.hub@coalfields-regen.org.uk

 

 

 

 

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University of Dundee to provide new Graduate Apprenticeships

The University of Dundee is one of the providers of a major new programme of Graduate Apprenticeships launched by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

 

A total of 110 places are to be funded by SDS,  with the University working in partnership with employers to provide qualifications in subjects covering Business, Civil and Manufacturing Engineering, IT and Software.

 

Businesses can either recommend an existing employee to undertake a Graduate Apprenticeship or take on a new member of staff.

 

The scheme allows Graduate Apprentices to combine their tuition at Dundee while working at an organisation involved in their relevant sector of study.

 

Kirsty Scott, Industrial Liaison Officer at Dundee said: “Graduate Apprenticechips are making huge contributions to employers by retaining staff and skills in the local economy. By unveiling our largest number of Graduate Apprenticeships to date, we at the University of Dundee are illustrating our commitment to our local community and helping more people fulfil their career ambitions.

 

The University will offer places in five courses from September 2019:

 

  • Business management (including Financial Services)
  • Engineering, Design and Manufacturing
  • Civil Engineering
  • IT: Management for Business
  • IT: Software

 

For more information, visit the University of Dundee’s website.

 

Research by the University of St Andrews could help in disease diagnosis

New research led by the University of St Andrews could hold the key to the diagnosis of the early stages of various diseases and lead to new drug discoveries.

The research, published in Nature Communications, has developed an innovative new way to hold samples using sound whilst they are gently imaged using light. The ability to hold and image objects will have a profound impact across biomedical sciences, especially those focused on disease identification, neuroscience and developmental biology.

 

Professor Kishan Dholakia from the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy said: ” This is a new way to perform drug-based studies for cardiovascular disease and developmental biology.  We anticipate this approach can also be used for high throughput drug discovery, an important topic for future healthcare.”

 

Click to read the full story.

 

 

 

Project to revitalise River Leven communities secures investment

A project to revitalise the River Leven in Fife has secured more than £300,00 in funding.

 

One of the first initiatives of The Leven Catchment Project has been awarded £250,000 from Sustans Scotland’s Community Links scheme and £65,000 from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency’s (SEPA) Water Environment Fund.

 

The funding from Sustrans and SEPA will finance feasibility and scoping work, which started last month, for the ‘Connectivity Project’ – one of a series of projects designed to help deliver a wider vision for the region which focuses on a 5km stretch of the River Leven at Levenmouth.

 

Plans include developing a series of paths to connect the isolated communities along the river and unlocking opportunities on vacant and derelict land in the area.

 

“The River Leven catchment in Mid-Fife was historically home to several hundred mills and factories, with a proud population of miners and workers in manufacturing industries,” explained SEPA water specialist Pauline Silverman.

 

“There are now significant challenges in the area and the river has become a barrier between communities, disconnecting people and towns from each other.  The purpose of the Leven Catchment Project is to achieve environmental improvements to spark new ways of working with key partners and communities to create social and economic opportunities.”

 

Key partners in the project with SEPA are Fife Council, the Forth Rivers Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage, Sustrans, Fife College and Scottish Water.

 

Visit the SEPA website for more information about the project.

Fife packaging firm plans £1.1m investments

Fife-based packing group, Pitreavie, has revealed ambitious plans to invest £1.1 million this year, including on a new office complex and expanded warehouse at the company’s Glenrothes head office.

 

Founded in 2010 by two friends, Pitreavie has rapidly grown from a Fife-based two-man operation into a national supplier with over 100 employees and an annual turnover of more than £13 million.

 

Last month it acquired Aberdeen-based Leiper Associated Packing, taking the number of businesses it owns in the city to three, and in 2018, it acquired a company in Worcester, its first acquisition south of the border, opening up new markets across the Midlands and beyond.

 

Its plans for Fife include the development of a packaging Centre of Excellence where customers can learn about new products and how best to package and transport their goods.  This new development is expected to be open in September.

 

Gordon Delaney, Group Commercial Director said: “Last year, we announced a large investment of £650,000 and spoke of our future plans.  These plans are now coming to fruition and we are thrilled our growth strategy is ahead of schedule allowing us to use expert knowledge in more locations, helping more customers.”

 

Visit the company’s website for the full story.

Fife Fintech Academy to expand after successful pilot

The pilot of a new initiative to address potential skills gaps in Scotland’s fintech community has been hailed a success.

A trial course, run jointly by Dunfermline payment specialist Renovite Technologies and Fife College, took place last month.

 

Around 15 participants with varying levels of experience, from trainees through to seasoned software developers, took part in the course designed to provide a solid foundation in retail card payments which could then be applied diectly to a work environment.

 

The course was the first to be run since Scotland’s first Fintech Academy was launched in Fife last September.  The Academy,  which is supported by a consortium of fintech companies, including Renovite and Dunfermline-base software firm Ingenico, Fife Council, Fife College and FinTech Scotland, aims to provide a steady flow of highly qualified applications for specialist fintech roles in the region to avoid a skills gap developing.

 

Jim Tomaney, Chief Operating Officer at Renovite Technologies said:

 

“It’s fantastic to see the fintech and education community coming together to promote STEM skills development and pre-empt the potential for a skills gap emerging.  I hope organisations and individuals with an interest in working in the sector continue to support and take part in the initiative and help build on its success.”

 

Following the success of the pilot course, a programme of further courses will now be rolled out – contact Fife College for more information.

Breathing new life into the Queensway Technology and Business Park

Fife Council Service Manager George Sneddon and Cllr Altany Craik with Little Thistle staff Tracey Kinds, Keven Fleming and Gregor Fleming,

Seven new business units are breathing life into the Queensway Technology and Business Park in Glenrothes.  The units, which were built by Fife Council and the Fife Task Force, are located next to the main trunk road network and Glenrothes town centre.

 

The units range in size from 98sqm to 130sqm, providing a total of 784 sqm of new business space to help meet the demand within the local market for modern, fit-for-purpose business accommodation in this key location.

 

The completion of the units marks a significant milestone in Fife Council’s long term commitment to the regeneration of Queensway.  The new units are the first new business development in the area for a number of years and demonstrate that regeneration is fully underway, acting as a catalyst for future investment and development.

 

Cllr Altany Craik, Convener of Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee said: “These units, which are already fully occupied, offer great opportunities for smaller businesses to locate in modern, purpose-built premises.  Units like these are so important to the local economy and local jobs.

 

“There is a lot happening at Queensway, and Fife Council’s regeneration efforts here have been speeded up by support from the Fife Task Force.  This project has been completed on time and on budget.  Further work to clear empty, run-down properties in the area to make way for new development is also underway.”

 

Kevin Fleming, owner of Little Thistle Gift Shop is very pleased with the facilities available to his business and explained how they have helped his company’s development:

 

“We had been looking to expand the manufacturing business for a while, but needed to find the right space in the right location.  As soon as we saw these units, we knew we’d found the solution – modern, clean and well-insulated and with environmental features like solar panels.  We’re really well-positioned for future growth here.  We’ve invested in new equipment and hope to expand the workforce too.”

 

The business units are part of the new Queensway Technology and Business Park which also has serviced employment land available for businesses looking to re-locate, develop or start up.  Six plots totalling 3.54 HA are available for immediate entry for Class 4 (Office), Class 5 (General Industrial) or Class 6 (Storage & Distribution) businesses.

 

For more information visit www.investinfife.co.uk or call 0345 600 1359.

 

 

Innovative technology company moves into Methil

Limpet Technology has opened a new site at Energy Park Fife, Methil.

 

Founded in 2009, Limpet Technology is a Scottish engineering and R&D company focused on pioneering and distributing height safety solutions.

 

Its award-winning products are used around the world for accessing wind turbines, stage rigging, met masts, telecoms towers, silos and tall buildings.

 

Cllr Altany Craik (2nd from right), Convener of Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, welcomes Limpet Technology to Energy Park Fife

By enabling safer and faster access to tall structures, Limpet’s products significantly lower the cost of operations and maintenance work.

 

The company’s new site at Methil allows it to  collaborate with ORE Catapult to test their innovative technology in real life conditions on the Levenmouth Demonstrator Turbine.

 

Limpet’s future plans envisage bringing 50 jobs to Levenmouth over the next few years.

 

“Energy Park Fife offers an ideal location to develop our new product to bring it to market”, Philip Taylor at Limpet Technology said.

Plans for major masterplan for St Andrews West formally submitted

Planning permission in principle is being sought for a major development to the west of St Andrews which will comprise a mix of residential, university, business, education, local retail and community uses as well as associated infrastructure.

 

St Andrews West LLP, a partnership made up of the University of St Andrews, Headon Holdings and other local landowners, is behind the proposals, and they claim the result will be the creation of a dynamic business, residential and learning quarter to the west of St Andrews – the site comprising land at the North Haugh, Langlands, Northbank and land between the Strathkinness High and Low Roads.

 

If approved, the aim is to develop the masterplan east to west over a period of 20 years, with the first phase of development predicated over the need for a new Madras College and a new link road from the A91 to the edge of the proposed school site.

 

The masterplan features housing along with university uses, a business park and employment land, local retail sites, a care home, a hotel, a green network, community and social infrastructure, land for the new Madras College and associated infrastructure like footpaths and roads.

 

Click to view the plans.