Fruit Growing Facility Plans to Establish Year-Round Production in Rosyth

Fruit growing facility, EnerGrow, has secured an offer in principle for funding from a UK Financial Institution for its plans to establish an all-year-round strawberry production unit in Rosyth.

 

EnerGrow has also commenced the process of applying for planning permission for the project, which will incorporate a number of innovative technologies and approaches.  The company are working closely with Fife Council and other Government agencies to deliver the development successfully and secure up to 60 full time equivalent jobs.

 

The project will use innovative LED lighting technology to grow soft fruit and vegetables all year round.  Although strawberries have been selected as the initial product for growth, other potential products such as tomatoes, salad leaves and herbs are also of interest.

 

The project hopes to capitalise on an increasing consumer demand for strawberries over the winter period when produce is imported from Morocco, Egypt, Israel and Spain.

 

Find out more about the project here.

Offshore Wind Supply Chain Opportunities Survey 2019

The Forth & Tay Cluster partners are seeking to understand the areas capability to support the major developments off the area’s coastline.

 

The Forth & Tay Offshore Cluster was set up in 2018 to drive forward supply chain opportunities from the emerging offshore renewables sector. This partnership is made up of Angus, Borders, Dundee City, East Lothian and Fife Councils working together with Scottish Enterprise and the offshore wind developers.

 

The Offshore Wind Sector has the potential to bring significant business opportunities to companies in the area and the Forth & Tay Cluster partners want to identify the current and potential offshore wind supply chain companies and their capabilities.

 

Businesses are invited to complete this survey, by identifying what services you currently offer in other sectors that you believe could be transferred into offshore wind now, services which could be adapted for the offshore wind sector with appropriate support and services which you aspire to offer the sector in the future.

 

This survey will be followed up by further work, undertaken by Scottish Enterprise, to qualify in more depth your company’s full capabilities and allow the Forth & Tay Offshore Cluster to pull together a searchable database to be used by the developers and their key contractors. We want Scotland to maximise every opportunity brought by this new emerging sector.

 

Take part in the survey here.

Women’s Enterprise Scotland Leadership Masterclasses

BG Fife is co-ordinating the delivery of Women’s Enterprise Scotland’s (WES) Leadership Masterclasses on behalf of Fife Council Economic Development.

 

The Lead With WES programme is designed specifically for Fife women business owners wishing to lead their business through growth to be sustainable.

 

The 12 month programme involves four workshops, covering a range of topics and activities including leadership and motivating others, managing change, and leading for success.  WES will contact you in advance of each event with content relating to the topic.

 

We will help businesswomen increase their confidence in leadership by enabling them to strategically analyse their business against their vision for the future, develop, implement and evaluate strategies to grow their business using models and tools. We will also help them identify their own leadership style and develop their leadership and management skills to fully embed their learning in their business. We are looking to work with female business owners who wish to build confidence and business capability.

 

Find out more about all events on our events page.

Sign up to the first event here.

Economic boost as the Senior Open comes to St Andrews

Thousands of spectators are expected to come to St Andrews and the surrounding area as the Old Course plays host to the Senior Open for the first time in the championship’s 23-year history.

 

An estimated £13 million was generated when nearby Kingsbarns hosted the Ricoh’s Women’s Open last year and local businesses are expecting visitor numbers to be similar.

 

Golf tourism is said to be worth around £286 million annually to Scotland’s economy with 47% of visitors coming from overseas, according to VisitScotland.

 

Read the original article here.

 

Major investment programme aims to create 350 new jobs in Fife

Fife Councillors have agreed to approve the draft Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, which will secure more than £1.3 billion of investment for the city region over the next 15 years from the UK and Scottish governments.

 

The Deal includes a specific offer of £35 million for a new Fife Industrial Estate Regeneration Programme, which aims to invest in infrastructure and modern business premises to support economic development in the area.

 

Officials have set targets of creating between 300 and 350 new jobs and delivering or unlocking 10,000 square meters of development space by March 2029. They will also aim to attract £30 million worth of private investment within the timescale.

 

Councillor David Ross, Co-Leader of Fife Council, said: “This Edinburgh and South East of Scotland City Region Deal investment is helping to deliver a transformational Fife Industrial Estates Regeneration Programme.

 

“The ambition is to develop ‘factories of the future’ by constructing new industrial and commercial stock, and ensure that Fife’s technology parks and industrial estates have cutting-edge digital capability and are energy compliant.

 

“The regeneration of our industrial estates will enable a new approach to working with businesses in Fife to deliver a stronger, more innovative business community, with more employers and jobs.”

 

Fife company successful in expansion bid

Fife company, Kettle Produce Ltd from Cupar has been awarded £279,000 to construct a new complex capable of short and long term cold storage for 4,500 tonnes of swede, carrot, pointed cabbage, cauliflower, kale and courgettes.

 

Kettle Produce Ltd is one of thirteen Scottish food and drink producers that received funding totalling almost £3.5 million through the Food Processing, Marketing & Co-operation grants awarded by Scottish Government to diversify and expand their operations.

 

 

Speaking about the awards, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said, “Scotland’s food and drink industry is a cornerstone of our economy, environment and culture, and the quality of our produce is world renowned.

 

“We are announcing £3.5 million of new funding for 13 organisations across Scotland which will support sustainable cooperation and collaboration from primary production and processing to the market, so industry can continue to flourish.

 

“I congratulate each recipient of these awards, and wish them the best of luck for the future.”

 

 

The Scottish Growth Scheme could help your business thrive

Companies looking for significant investment will now be able to access an additional £200 million through the Scottish-European Growth Co-investment Programme.

 

The Programme is the first part of the Scottish Growth Scheme, a £500 million financial package backed by the Scottish Government, to help businesses thrive and grow.

 

Made up of £50 million from Scottish Enterprise and £50 million from the European Investment Fund (EIF), the Programme is expected to lever over £100 million from fund managers across Europe for investment in Scottish companies.

 

With advice and support from the Scottish Investment Bank, companies will be able to seek investment from EIF accredited fund managers. Successful companies will receive their investment from the fund managers, Scottish Enterprise and the EIF.

 

Read more and find out if you’re eligible by visiting the Scottish Enterprise website.

Innovate UK Funding Competition: Open programme round 3

Innovate UK’s open competition aims to overcome barriers to cutting-edge, game-changing innovation becoming a successful commercial reality and/or resulting in significant, sustainable business growth,

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million. This is to deliver game-changing, cutting-edge innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy.

 

Projects may last between 6 and 36 months. Total eligible project costs should range from £25,000 to £1 million depending on the type of research and development (R&D) to be undertaken. It is important to note that any project with total costs outside this range will be deemed out of scope and ineligible.

 

The open research and development (R&D) competition provides support for businesses to undertake an innovative project and is designed to:

  • help businesses overcome barriers to innovation.
  • reduce the risk financially and technically in developing an innovative idea or concept for commercialisation and scale up.
  • enable businesses to address high-growth opportunities if their concept doesn’t fit one of the Innovate UK sectors or has multiple themes with differing scopes.
  • speed up the journey from an idea to commercialisation where timing can make all the difference to prospects.
  • position businesses to be able to access private investment to support their innovative ideas.
  • provide crucial support for businesses with significant ambition and potential for growth, to develop highly innovative products, processes or services with commercialisation potential and scale up, preferably with access to global markets.

 

Competition closes: Wednesday 9 August 2017 12:00pm

Click here to find out more and start the application.