Scottish space firm to create 170 jobs in Fife with engine testing facility

The Edinburgh-based firm designs, manufactures and deploys rockets to clear the way for small satellite manufacturers looking to access Space.

It successfully conducted Scotland’s first commercial rocket launch by a private company two years ago.

Skyrora chief executive Volodymyr Levykin said the investment in Rosyth would bring 170 highly skilled jobs to the Kingdom over the next decade.

He said: “The opening of our engine test complex represents a giant leap forward for the UK’s ambitions as a space nation and Scotland’s status as a space hub.

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Skyrora’s testing facility in Fife

“The location and additional jobs will benefit the UK space industry and help the overall economy grow.

“It will also allow Skyrora’s highly skilled workforce and a young generation of engineers and technicians to be a part of this space revolution.

“Skyrora has developed and come so far as a team and a company, and I am really proud to see how many milestones we have achieved in a short period of time.”

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DWY Fife launches a new employability app for young people

Developing the Young Workforce in Fife (DYW Fife) has launched a new app to help young people dive into the world of work, from whenever they are.


Developed by a partnership between Fife Council and Fife-based technology company Ember Technology Ltd, the new app creates more ways for employers, education providers and Skills Development Scotland to work together to support young people as they consider their future and potential pathways into work.


Through the app, young people can engage with, and learn from local employers, read helpful articles, take part in polls, discover career opportunities, placements or apprenticeships and enter competitions and win prizes.


DYW (Fife) is the employer-led, regional group set up to create stronger connections between local employers, education and young people in order to better prepare young people for the world of work.


Take a closer look at the desktop version of the app which can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple stores.


For more information, or to get involved, email


The national Developing the Young Workforce organisation has also launched a Summer Leavers programme to help young people who are leaving school this summer. A digital Resource Hub –  E-DYW  – has been created and a series of online events have been organised for young people, educators, employers and parents including the DYW Skills Academy ‘Get Industry Ready’ sessions and Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Event.


Manufacturing & Engineering Annual Investment Allowance

Manufacturing and engineering businesses in Fife are being encouraged by Fife Council Economic Development to take advantage of an increase of the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA).


The increase of AIA enables faster tax relief for plant machinery investments between £200,000 and £1 million.


A recent survey undertaken by the Manufacturing Technologies Association and Close Brothers Asset Finance highlighted that, despite an increase in AIA until 31st December 2020, only 42 per cent of engineering and manufacturing firms were aware of the increase.


Findings also highlighted that only a minority (45 per cent of engineering and manufacturing companies) are planning to increase investment this year, as a result of the increase in AIA.  Of those, only 16 per cent were planning a significant increase.


Pamela Stevenson, Lead Officer, Fife Council Economic Development, said: “We’re keen to encourage more local businesses to embrace the Government’s increase in the Annual Investment Allowance and invest in their future.  It offers a superb platform for local manufacturing and engineering businesses to invest in new equipment, embrace new technologies, to improve efficiencies and ultimately become more competitive.”


The temporary increase enables businesses to obtain 100 per cent tax relief on the purchase of qualifying business assets in the year of purchase such as plant, machinery, vans and tools.  Helpfully, AIA can also be claimed on hire purchase assets.  If a business utilises their full AIA of £1 million, this equated to corporation tax savings of £190,000.


Ross Oliphant, Tax Partner at EQ Accountants and Head of its Engineering and Manufacturing Group, said: “The increase in the Annual Investment Allowance provides a great opportunity for UK engineering and manufacturing businesses to invest in new plant and machinery whilst accelerating their tax relief.  Those that invest in assets critical to their business will not only benefit from the tax reliefs, but should enjoy greater productivity and growth.”


Whilst this is a welcome change, businesses with a year end that straddles 1 January 2019 should be aware of the transitional rules that apply, meaning the timing of capital expenditure should be carefully planned to ensure the AIA is maximised.


To find out more, please contact Business Gateway Fife on 01592 858333 or email

Fife Tourism Barometer for Q2 2019

In partnership with local councils and destination organisations, Visit Scotland have been inviting businesses to participate in a survey to capture tourism business performance in local regions.


This survey is conducted quarterly and is anonymous. The results are used to provide timely feedback to businesses on how tourism in their area is performing.
Survey results will be presented at a regional and a sectoral level, providing a snapshot of how tourism is performing in both cases, allowing businesses to:

•    Make informed decisions about your business
•    Identify opportunities for growth and gaps in the market
•    Have evidence to support investment decisions


The survey for Quarter 2 of 2019 is not live.  Take part here.

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.

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.


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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.