Fife Businesses to Benefit from Innovative Degree Programme

Fife College is to team up with Edinburgh Napier University to help businesses upskill their workforce using a new degree initiative.

The BA Business and Enterprise Degree is an innovative top up programme, the first of its kind in the region.  The programme will be hosted by Fife College’s University Hub in Dunfermline and run by Edinburgh Napier University with business support from the Fife Economy Partnership.


The programme will enable local businesses to support their workforce through personal development. The improved capability that the businesses will gain ­from the enhanced expertise of their workforce is being recognised as an important element of business sustainability and competitiveness.


Pamela Stevenson, Lead officer for Enterprise and Business Development at Fife Council Economic Development said:

“This locally delivered degree programme provides an excellent way for businesses to upskill their workforce and develop their future management team needs. Business planning and entrepreneurial leadership development skills, which build on work-based learning and enhance the organisation’s capability even while studying, are a fantastic opportunity for businesses.”


The year-long top-up BA degree programme is available for those in work (employed or self-employed) who have relevant work experience and an HND or a SCQF level 8 equivalent qualification.


The Programme involves a combination of assessments, workshops and independent study, with attendance one-day per month at the Fife College University Hub in Dunfermline. Assessments are practical and applied, including reports around work roles, work-place based assignments, presentations and case studies.


An information day is being held at the University Hub, within Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline on 20 June, when interested business owners, directors and employees can drop in between 3pm and 7pm to learn more.


Find out more here.

Help Shape the Future of Kirkcaldy Town Centre

Help make Kirkcaldy Town Centre a vibrant and thriving place.


Town centres across the UK are evolving and Kirkcaldy is no different. To survive and thrive, Kirkcaldy –  like all town centres – needs to broaden its role from retail, and to increase its diversity and distinctiveness.


Everyone who has an interest in Kirkcaldy Town Centre is invited to share their views by completing a Place Standard assessment online.



The questionnaire, which should only take a few minutes to complete, uses the Place Standard Tool to ask you 14 questions about what you think is important in Kirkcaldy.


Please invest some of your time to share your views on the Town Centre – from its public transport and parking to its open spaces and employment.


The Place Standard tool is used to assess the quality of a place by asking businesses, residents and visitors to rate the quality of place across 14 themes.


This information is then used to give a complete picture of where the town is now, and to identify priorities for action.


Your feedback will also help to inform ongoing conversations about future priorities and could help attract funding for projects.


Click to access the survey and have your say.

University of St Andrews reaches £100 million fundraising total

A campaign launched by the University of St Andrews in 2011 to mark its 600th anniversary has reached its £100 million total.


Launched by former student and campaign patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, the campaign will provide scholarships, support for disadvantaged students and fund new student facilities.


Over 14,000 St Andrews graduates, current students, staff and supporters contributed to fundraising to help reach the target to ensure education at the University is accessible to all students, regardless of background and circumstance.


St Andrews Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sally Mapstone, said: “The 600th Anniversary Campaign has been a remarkable team effort on the part of our staff and so many of our alumni and friends.


“In a time of tightly squeezed public funding, universities must increasingly rely on their imagination and drive to secure the resources needed for world-class teaching and research, and to support students who would otherwise miss the chance to fulfil their potential.”


Read the full article here.

Your views sought on future transport investment in Levenmouth

Businesses in Fife are being encouraged to give their views on how transport links could be improved in the Levenmouth area.


Transport Scotland would like to understand the transport problems your business is facing – and the opportunities you think are being lost – and how this impacts on businesses in the area.


The survey is being carried out as part of the Levenmouth Sustainable Transport Study.  This study, commissioned by Transport Scotland in partnership with Fife Council, aims to identify the opportunities and challenges presented by the existing transport network.


The study will also look at whether further consideration should be given to progressing the proposed Levenmouth rail link.


You are invited to submit your thoughts and experiences via an online survey.  The results of the survey will be used alongside information gathered from meetings with local councillors, communities, Stagecoach and Network Rail.


Click to access the survey – the deadline for participation is Monday 16 July 2018.

Work starts on installing Glenrothes Energy Network

Work starts on 2 July in multiple locations throughout central Glenrothes as the underground pipes for Fife’s largest district heating network are installed in the town.


The areas which will be first be affected by roadworks are:

  • the far end of Flemington Road from 9 July to 16 August
  • Fife Council’s Fife House car park from 2 July to 22 August.


Glenrothes Energy Network is a £24 million collaborative district heating scheme between Fife Council, RWE and the Scottish Government. It will provide sustainable low carbon heat to a mix of industrial, commercial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as to Fife Council’s Fife House complex.


Cllr Ross Vettraino, Fife Council’s spokesperson for the environment said: “Fife is once again leading the way in tackling climate change. Bringing a district heating scheme to Glenrothes will help the council reach its goal of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.


“This is a major investment of nearly £24 million for Glenrothes town centre. It will not only provide clean sustainable energy but will help to secure jobs and reduce fuel poverty in Glenrothes.


“These roadworks will extend for over 3 km in the heart of Glenrothes. Whilst every effort will be made to minimise disruption, inevitably there will be some inconvenience and traffic delays. Please can the public be patient and show their co-operation during these works.”


For the latest information on Glenrothes Energy Network and roadworks please visit


Construction Academy helps reduce skills gap

Fife Council’s Employability Services are leading on the delivery of another successful Construction Academy in partnership with Fife College and Fife-based employers.


The academies are delivered by the Fife Council funded Fife Job Contract. The funding seeks to address high levels of unemployment and to reduce the skills gap within industry sectors.


Academy candidates gain relevant skills and knowledge of the construction industry. The success of these employability academies enable young people have the support and assistance they need from start to finish, ensuring that they get on the career ladder.


Whilst at Fife Council’s Skills Development Conference Centre, Kirkcaldy, participants received health and safety training, including information on abrasive wheels and asbestos awareness, culminating in the completion of their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards. The candidates also received disability awareness training and employability skills support.


Working in partnership with Job Centre Plus and Fife College, candidates also gained City & Guilds certificates in painting and decorating and groundworks.


Service Manager, Lucinda McAllister, said: “We work tirelessly with our partners to ensure young adults have the skills they need to start their career. This Construction Academy has given these young adults the opportunity to access Modern Apprenticeships in the construction sector.  The Employability Team will work with course participants after their work experience to ensure that they find their way to employment. Our candidates will have the vital skills that construction employers are looking for to fill their vacancies.”


Councillor Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said:  “Continuing to successfully boost employment for local people is a top priority for Fife Council. Construction Academies, now in their 6th year, are a very successful approach to providing skills, knowledge and recognised certificates. This allows our young people to be better prepared for the world of work and a career in construction.


“Local employers have provided an essential contribution by providing hands-on work experience. Our sincere thanks goes out to Adrian Scott Joinery, Thomas Menzies Builders, Block Build, Craig Adam Joinery, Realm Construction, East Fife Joinery, Michael Rees Painters, Scott & Simpson, Bedborough Construction and Campion Homes.”


Construction Academy participant, Justin Yule, said: “The Academy has been really good, and I have learnt a lot. My placement was great with Thomas Menzies, as they gave me lots of different experiences in stone masonry, bricklaying and in their workshops. I am pleased to getting a chance to start my career with them. I’d recommend the Academy as a great place to start for anyone looking to work in construction.”


Daniel Dobbs, who had a placement with Adrian Scott Joinery, said: “I have been working on mansions at Loch Lomond, and at places in Fife. The academy is a good experience, and I would highly recommend this for someone wanting to go into construction.”


Interested in getting involved in the Construction Academy or Fife Job Contract, email

St Andrews Brewing Company to launch crowdfunding campaign

St Andrews Brewing Company is set to launch a crowdfunding campaign this month to fund expansion plans for its St Andrews based brewery and a new pub in Dundee.


The Fife brewer aims to raise £500,000 through the crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube, which will go towards its plans to spend £1.2 million in the coming months.


The majority of this investment is planned to be spent on a bar to in the basement of the Caird Hall in Dundee, with additional money for expanding the capacity of its brewery at Bassaguard Business Park in St Andrews.


Company Director, Tim Butler said, “Crowdfunding is a path well travelled and very successful for our type of business.


“It’s a good way of creating ambassadors for your brand and would be a cheaper way of funding our plans than borrowing from a bank.”


The company will shortly be taking its plans for the Caird Hall bar out to tender, anticipating 10 weeks of work on the site starting in August with the bar to open in November.


This will be the brewer’s fourth bar, joining those in South Street, St Andrews and two in Edinburgh.


The new brewing equipment – which will quadruple the company’s capacity – will be installed in October.


Former Longannet workers find employment

Nearly all 370 workers who were made redundant due to the closure of Longannet Power Station have found employment.


The news was announced at the final meeting of the Longannet Task Force, which was set up in August 2015 in the wake of the decision to close the plant.


The meeting reviewed activities and outcomes in addition to hearing from Longannet site owners, Scottish Power, on the good progress being made in safely clearing the site.


The strategic importance of the Longannet site within central Scotland was also highlighted along with the support being made available to prospective investors.


Task Force members also heard that the resources allocated in September 2016 to Fife, Clackmannanshire and North Ayrshire Councils have helped to mitigate some of the local economic impacts of the site’s closure.


Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy and Joint Chair of the Task Force, said, “At our last meeting, we heard about the positive impact that the Task Force has had, including how 99% of those affected by the closure have been helped to find alternative employment or training.”


The Fife Economy Partnership will have a key role in overseeing the next stage of work. Future reporting will come through the Partnership and Fife Council’s South West Fife Area Committee.


Cllr. David Ross, Co-Leader of Fife Council and Joint Chair of the Task Force , stated: “I’m pleased that the Longannet Task Force has made real progress and achieved positive results. It is also very helpful that the Fife Economy Partnership will receive further reporting to ensure continued momentum.


“I am clear that despite the progress made there remains work to do including deploying ongoing support to the workforce via the Opportunities Fife Partnership and Developing the Young Workforce initiative and on securing a commitment to community legacy funding from Scottish Power.


“I also look forward to exploring with other Council leaders how the Upper Forth region including Longannet and other sites in South West Fife can be best promoted nationally.


“Lastly, I commend the Ministers offer of reconvening a formal Task Force meeting should circumstances require this. I thank the Minister, Scottish Government officials and all Task Force members for this and the support to date which recognises that the impact of Longannet closing early was truly significant for the Fife Council area and beyond.


Councillor Alice McGarry, Convener of the South West Fife Area Committee, added, “I welcome the continued momentum on areas of remaining priority and am pleased that South West Fife Area Committee will continue to receive regular updates.


“This will help to inform the emerging South West Fife Local Community Plan and ensure strong links with community groups and planned regeneration activity across the South West Fife area.”


Nominate your star apprentice, instructor or business for a Scottish Apprenticeship Award

The deadline for nominations for the 17th annual Scottish Apprenticeship Awards is fast appproaching.  Have you nominated an apprenticeship star yet?


Each year, the awards – organised by Skills Development Scotland – bring together apprentices, employers and training providers from all over Scotland to celebrate the contribution apprenticeships make to the economy.


There’s still time to nominate your apprentice, instructor or businesses for an award.


Submit your nomination by 12 noon on Wednesday 27 June in the following categories:


Get more information and submit your nomination here.


Council offers advice to businesses on deterring gulls

Councillor Ross Vettraino and council enforcement officers visited businesses in Kirkcaldy yesterday (18 June) to give advice on deterring gulls.


Cllr Ross Vettraino visiting businesses on Kirkcaldy Esplanade with Council enforcement officers Billy Stevenson and Alan Bruce

This summer, businesses affected by gulls are being asked to gull-proof their properties.


Cllr Ross Vettraino, convener of the Environment, Protective Services and Community Safety Committee explained: “Gulls are opportunistic feeders and will scavenge in towns for food dropped by pedestrians or thrown out of cars, as well as tear open waste bags left on streets.


“Everyone in Fife can play their part by not feeding the gulls, by binning litter, and by properly covering their waste.


” Fife Council has no statutory duty to deal with gulls, nor does it have the resources to do so.  However officers will give advice about the measures property owners and businesses can employ to proof their property and mitigate the nuisance.”


Service Manager for Environmental Health, Lisa McCann added: “All businesses can play a positive part in helping to reduce feeding opportunities for gulls.


“Keeping waste secure means that it does not end up scattered on our streets.


“Food businesses in particular need to ensure that their waste cannot escape their control.”


A new guidance document for businesses explaining how they can take steps to keep the waste they produce secure has been drawn up and will be available online later this month.


For more information on how to deal with gulls visit