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

Tay Cities Business Month

Throughout February, a series of events and workshops designed for individuals and organisations looking to start up or grow a business, learn new skills, build networks, find inspiration or gain a competitive edge will be taking place across Tayside as part of the Tay Cities Business Month.


The events will be open to everyone and will cover topics such as: E-Commerce; Book-keeping: the Circular Economy; Leadership; Procurement – meet the buyer: Finance and many more.


In addition, there will be dedicated events for key sectors such as Tourism, Food & Drink and Engineering.


Each week will focus on a different theme and the event taking place will be tailored to that theme.  The themes are: People, Sectors, Business Growth and Entrepreneurship.


Alison Henderson, Depute Chair of the Tay Cities Enterprise Forum said:¬† ‘In 2019, we hosted a Tay Cities Business Week, which was a great success; as such we decided to increase the offering this year and offer a wider range of events across the month. We’ve got a very strong regional partnership which has helped us pull together many opportunities – the events will inspire, motivate and help businesses to grow, achieving their goals in 2020.¬† I’d urge everyone to have a look at the programme and come along for what will be an engaging, informative and exciting month for businesses across the Tayside region and beyond.


‘Because of geographical spread, there will be good opportunities to make new business connections across Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross.¬† The events programme includes something for everyone and we welcome attendees from early start-up stage through to long-established companies.’


For more information or details on how to sign up for an event, visit  or follow #TCBM2020 on social media.

New service to tackle trade barriers

The UK and Scottish Governments have launched a new service to help tackle barriers to exporting faced by Scottish businesses.


A trade barrier is something that slows down, limits or prevents a UK business exporting to, or investing in, an overseas market.


After the UK’s exit from the EU, it is expected that Scottish exporters could encounter new and additional trade barriers.


Businesses, representative organisations and industry bodies can use the new tool to log any barriers to exporting goods or servicing they are experiencing.


Specialist advisors from the Department for International Trade (DIT) and/or Scottish Government will then contact you to let you know if and how they can help.


To report a trade barrier visit


Before filling in the form:


Click for more information.

Applications invited to the Low Carbon Challenge Fund

Academic institutions, public bodies and third sector organisations in the Lowlands and Uplands (LUPS) area of Scotland are invited to apply for grant funding to support initiatives that will help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)¬† to unlock opportunities provided by the climate emergency and contribute towards Scotland’s target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.


Up to £6 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant funding is currently available through the Low Carbon Challenge Fund  which aims to support the creation of a national network of regionally-based initiatives, to stimulate and improve innovation in SMEs.


One key element of the fund will be for initiatives to support SMEs in preparing for new market opportunities which are emerging as a result of the global climate emergency and in the drive towards net-zero emissions.


Up to £6 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant funding is currently available.  Grant funding will awarded on a competitive basis and can contribute to up to 50% of eligible project costs.


Click for more information about the fund and an information session being run by Scottish Enterprise on 27 January and to submit an application.


The deadline for submitting applications to the fund is midnight on Friday 21 February 2020.

Fife businesses exhibiting at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show

Over 20 Fife companies will be attending the only trade show in Scotland for the speciality food and drink sector taking place later this month. .


A number of the companies are attending Scotland’s Speciality Food Show from 19 to 21 January 2020 at Glasgow’s SECC with assistance from Fife Council’s Trade Development Programme, which supports companies to attend and exhibit at trade shows and exhibitions in the UK and abroad.


Fife Council’s Economic Development Team provides a range of support services to businesses from advice and information, to customised training supporting the exhibition experience as well as wider market and trade development needs.


This support allows small and medium sized businesses the chance to exhibit to around 1,000 dedicated food buyers of delis, farm shops, speciality food retailers and food hall buyers at the show.


Fife Council will be exhibiting the very best offerings from Fife food and drink producers at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show.¬† There will also be Fife companies located within the show’s Launch Gallery area, giving them the opportunity to meet new trade and retail customers and accelerate the growth rate of their business.


Councillor Altany Craik, Convener of Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “We know there’s significant potential to further develop Fife’s Food and Drink Sector and as a council we’re delighted to be able to help local businesses showcase their produce at this, the only trade show for the speciality food and drink market in Scotland.¬† This support is part of the continual rollout of our Food and Drink Action Plan which is designed to ensure that business support is available from both Fife Council and its partners to Fife food and drink companies of all sizes.”


To find out more about the support available from Fife Council’s Trade Development Programme contact Dot Smith on 03451 55 55 55 ex 492175 or email


Fife payment business to showcase wares on international trade mission

Payment specialist Renovite Technologies has been selected to showcase its payments technology to Swiss and Austrian financial firms.


The Dunfermline business has been selected by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) and Scottish Development International (SDI) to take part in a fintech trade mission to Vienna and Zurich later this month.


Taking place from January 23-24, the mission aims to stimulate business between the UK delegation and financial institutions in Switzerland and Austria.  Renovite and a select group of other Fintech companies will be meeting with banks, venture capitalists and other organisations with an interest in fintech and innovation.


Previous fintech missions to Switzerland led by the DIT have subsequently generated £45 million in business deals.


Jim Tomaney, chief operating officer at Renovite Technologies said:


“We are thrilled to have been selected as a delegate for the mission and look forward to showcasing how our work is enabling positive change using state-of-the-art cloud technology.


“It’s really a very positive sign that major financial organisations are now rising to the challenges and demands of an increasingly complex payments environment by looking to businesses that can offer the kind of agility and innovation they can’t source from traditional suppliers.”


Renovite Technologies, which also has offices in California and New Delhi, established its European headquarters in Dunfermline in 2017.  The UK team has grown from four to 20 since then and plans to add another ten employees Рincluding six trainees Рby the end of 2019.


Click for more information about the trade mission.