Two Fife sites shortlisted for Heathrow logistics hubs

Two sites in Rosyth have made the final shortlist for Heathrow expansion logistics hubs.

 

The shortlist, announced today (28 March) narrows down the list of ten possible sites in Scotland to four.  The two Fife sites are both in Rosyth –  at Babcock and Forth Ports.

 

Welcoming the news, Cllr David Alexander, co-leader of Fife Council said: “This is great news for Fife.  Being part of this pioneering project would not only bring many jobs, but also upskill our communities with a world-class construction legacy for generations to come.”

 

Cllr David Ross, co-leader of Fife Council added: “Fife is an unrivalled position, having two out of four Scottish sites in contention for this investment.  We look forward to working with partners in making a strong case, building on Fife’s key role in recent major infrastructure schemes like the Queensferry Crossing.

 

“Both Fife sites offer excellent transport links, great infrastructure and competitive land along with a strong and innovative supply chain of local companies.  With work scheduled to start in 2021, if implemented this project will bring huge benefits to industry and business here.”

 

Heathrow’s expansion is the first major infrastructure project in the UK to pioneer the large-scale use of logistics hubs and aims to create jobs in every corner of the UK while creating a legacy of construction excellence in the UK for future generations.  The hubs will work by pre-assembling components off-site before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow when needed.

 

Sean Donaldson, Managing Director of Babcock’s Rosyth facility said:

 

“We welcome the news that Babcock has been shortlisted for the Heathrow Logistics Hub.

 

“Babcock’s manufacturing and logistics capabilities at our world-class infrastructure in Rosyth stands ready to provide an efficient, affordable and sustainable solution to meet Heathrow’s varying demands.

 

“We look forward to the next stage in this process to deliver a programme of work that will ‘make every journey better’ and help Heathrow maintain a world-leading position as a hub airport.”

 

Derek Knox, Senior Port Manager, Port of Rosyth:

 

“The Port of Rosyth is very pleased to have been shortlisted for the next stage of the process for the Heathrow Expansion Logistics Hub. In Rosyth we offer a great location, land and expertise for a logistics hub of this scale.

 

There has been recent significant investment in the port and it played a key role as the logistics hub for the construction project of the new Queensferry Crossing. We look forward to hearing from the Heathrow team about the next stage of the process.”

 

Click for more information and to see all shortlisted sites.

Green light for Fife Industrial Project signals 1,600 new jobs

City Region Deal announces £35 million funding.

Up to 1,600 new jobs are set to be created across Fife after £35 million funding was awarded to a visionary industrial regeneration project.

 

The Fife Industrial Innovation Investment programme will support the creation of 1,000 new skilled permanent jobs and alomst 600 short-term construction jobs.

 

Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal’s Joint Committee approved the £35 million investment in the long-term transformative programme for Fife on Friday (1st March).

 

The project will also deliver an estimated 130,000 sq ft of new offices, industrial space and new storage/distribution facilities.  These have been designed to draw in a diverse range of industries and encourage more businesses to locate and grow in the region, supporting the wider economy.

 

In addition to the £35 million funding through the City Region Deal, the Fife Industrial Innovation Investment programme will be bolstered by a further £9.2 million of funding from Fife Council.  Proceeds from sales of service employment land will bring the total investment in the programme to £48.4 million.

 

Fife Council Co-Leader, Cllr David Ross, said: “The Fife Industrial Innovation Investment Programme is part of our commitment to build modern business premises to facilitate private sector investment to ensure that Fife’s economy is firmly fit for the future.”

 

Fife Council Co-Leader, Cllr David Alexander, added: “This initiative will significantly increase the supply of new industrial, office and business space in Fife.  This will be achieved through direct investment by the council in its existing land holdings, and new acquisitions, as well as working with private sector land owners and developers to leverage additional investment and funding into Fife and the City Region.

 

“This programme builds on previous investment in site infrastructure, such as the Kincardine Training and Enterprise Hub, Levenmouth Business Park and new Business Units at Queensway, Glenrothes.”

 

The City Region Deal investment will be over 10 years and underpins its commitment to supporting long-term approaches to improving regional economies.

 

Infrastructure Secretary, Michael Matheson said: “Using £300 million of Scottish Government investment, the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal is designed to deliver inclusive economic growth, providing opportunities and distributing the benefits fairly across the entire region.

 

“The Fife Industrial Innovation Investment programme will utilise £35 million of funding from the Scottish Government through the deal and is especially exciting, as it plans to facilitate partnership working with the region’s universities and business community. This joined up approach will ensure that the area benefits from the investment made elsewhere in the deal to spread high value jobs across the Kingdom of Fife. I would like to thank those involved for the work undertaken to get to this position which ensures that we can quickly capitalise on the opportunity that the City Region Deal has provided.”

 

Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, said:“There is good progress being made on the City Region Deal projects.  The UK Government is investing £300 million in the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal to deliver transformational change, opportunities and inclusive growth to the region.  It’s important that we build on our existing strengths, maintain the UK’s position as a world leader in innovation, and create jobs for the future – that is why we’ve so far committed £1.3 billion to city and growth deals across Scotland.”

 

Additional projects approved by the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal Joint Committee were the Central Borders Innovation Park, three skills programmes which will operate across the region, and an investment in the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

 

The City Region Deal, which was signed last year, secures £1.3 billion of investment for the city region over the next 15 years. It includes the UK Government, Scottish Government, and local authorities of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, West Lothian and the region’s universities and partners.

 

 

 

 

New Business Space for Dalgety Bay and South West Fife

Fife Council has started work on the construction of new business units at Hillend and Donibristle Industrial Estate (HADIE), signalling the start of further regeneration and economic recovery work by the Longannet Task Force in South West Fife.

 

Cllr Altany Craik visits the site of the new business units

HADIE is well-located and has always been popular with businesses, given its proximity to the trunk road network and railway stations.

 

The development proposal comprises six business units, along with an access road, car parking and landscaping.  The new units will range in size, providing a total of 800 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 project has been made possible due to the Longannet Task Force which has secured funding from the Scottish Government Local Economic Development Capital Stimulus Fund and the Big Lottery Coastal Communities Fund.  The development of the proposed units will mark a significant milestone in Fife Council’s long term commitment to the regeneration of HADIE, in addition to acting as a catalyst for future business investment and jobs growth locally.

 

South West Fife was heavily impacted when Longannet Power Station closed prematurely in mid-2016.  This project – along with other recent initiatives, including the opening of an Enterprise Hub in Kincardine – will help to ensure that the area thrives once more.

 

The project, which is being delivered by Fife Council, will offer new business units for rent from late 2019.  Enquiries on pre-letting are welcomed via business.property@fife.gov.uk

 

Cllr Altany Craik, Convener of Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee, said: “These new units are targeted at existing and new businesses, whether they are already in Fife or looking to locate within the Kingdom.  We have been working on regenerating this area, and the whole of South West Fife, delivering modern business units to meet the changing needs for the 21st century.”

 

Cllr Alice McGarry, Convener of Fife Council’s South West Fife Area Committee added: “I’m delighted that support from the Longannet Task Force, has allowed us to speed up our plans for continued regeneration at Hillend and Donibristle Industrial Estate. The new business units will be a welcome addition locally and will help ensure that vacant or under-used parts of the estate are productive once more.”

 

Fife Council launches new Business Charter

A new business charter that aims to promote local jobs, apprenticeships and payment of the living wage has been launched.

 

The charter, which also sets out how Fife Council will support the region’s businesses, outlines the part businesses can play in making sure the benefits of Fife’s economic growth are shared by all.

 

Companies in Fife are being encouraged to adopt the Fife Business Charter which aims to promote the creation of employment and training opportunities for local residents, including those with disabilities. It also encourages businesses to work with schools to support learning and career opportunities for local children.

 

Fife Councillors and the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Fife Economy Partnership launch the new charter along with representatives from the Federation of Small Businesses and Fife Chamber of Commerce.

At the launch of the Charter, Cllr David Ross, Co-Leader of Fife Council said: “This Business Charter signals our commitment to a new way of working to ensure that we work with Fife businesses to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the Kingdom in order to create a Fairer Fife.

 

“Businesses are increasingly judged on their values and corporate responsibility policies and adopting the charter is a fantastic way of demonstrating your company’s commitments to those values.”

 

The Charter backs the Council’s drive to develop a Fairer Fife to reduce inequalities and encourages businesses to:

  • Commit to local recruitment and employment
  • Adhere to the principles of fair work and pay
  • Make a commitment to actively support and invest in the community
  • Create employment and training opportunities for local and young people
  • Promote greater inclusion for people with physical and mental health issues.

 

Having recently won the title of ‘Most Enterprising Place in Britain’ Fife Council remains committed to supporting Fife’s businesses.

 

Co-Leader Cllr David Alexander explained: “The Charter is also designed to make contact with the council easier and more effective.

 

“It sets out what the council will do to help all the region’s businesses whatever their size and sector and signposts them to where they can receive advice and support to both start-up and grow.

 

“It commits the council to procuring as many of its goods and services from Fife suppliers as possible and outlines how we will help businesses comply with statutory requirements.”

 

The Charter was developed in conjunction with the Fife Economy Partnership, Fife Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Small Businesses.

 

Michael Longstaffe, Chair of the Fife Economy Partnership said: “The Fife Economy Partnership, along with Fife’s two main business networks – the Fife Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Small Businesses – welcome this business charter and the council’s commitment to supporting businesses of all sizes and sectors.

 

“We encourage businesses to check out this new charter, take up the council’s offers of support, and show their commitment to supporting inclusive economic growth in the region by taking the Fairer Fife Pledge and by signing up to the Scottish Business Charter.”

 

The Charter can be found at https://businesscharter.fife.scot.

Fife Council welcomes town centre funding from the Scottish Government

Fife is to benefit from a new £50 million Scottish Government fund to improve struggling town centres.

 

Fife Council is to be the largest beneficiary of The Town Centre Fund, which is to be distributed amongst all 32 local authorities to finance a wide range of investments to make town centres more vibrant, enterprising and accessible.

 

Convener of the Council’s Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee, Cllr Altany Craik, welcomed the announcement saying: “Our recent budget called for more funding from the Scottish Government to support our efforts and I’m pleased this request has been answered with this announcement.

 

“The Scottish Government has recognised the importance of investing in Fife’s town centres by allocating over £4.3 million for Fife.

 

“The funding will be used to support our town centres to become more diverse and sustainable and to increase footfall through local improvements and partnerships.

 

“This new fund complements wider support for town centres available through Scotland’s Towns Partnerships.  Fife Council works closely with the Partnership and will look at both quick wins and longer-terms strategic plans for its town centres.

 

“We will look to focus this funding on Mid-Fife, where we are developing an action plan and working closely with partners and communities to ensure that its town centres have a vibrant and essential role in supporting future economic and housing growth.

 

“Across the UK, town centres are facing persistent and serious challenges as consumer behaviour and economic changes cause difficulties in filling retail units and higher vacancy rates.  This is not just a Fife issue – it is a UK issue.

 

“We are 100% committed to supporting the evolution of town centres, particularly where challenges have been more pronounced. For example, in Kirkcaldy, we’re working closely with the local Business Improvement District, Kirkcaldy4All, business owners, property managers and organisations such as the Kirkcaldy Ambitions Partnership to deliver an enhanced town centre experience for shoppers and visitors.”

 

Click for more information about the fund.

 

 

 

 

Paywizard announces new strategic partnership

Kirkcaldy-based technology firm, Paywizard, has announced a new strategic partnership with internet TV solution specialists, Diagnal.

 

Paywizard has said joining forces with Diagnal will allow pay-TV and internet TV operators to take an “intelligent, data-driven approach to delivering real-time customer communications and dynamic multi-channel marketing campaigns”.

 

Bhavesh Vaghela, Paywizard’s CEO said: “A key to consistently providing consumers with the best possible customer experience is engaging with them through the right channel at the right time in the customer journey. Joining forces with Diagnal gives our clients campaign execution tools for intelligent customer engagement, allowing them to maximise the robust Decision Moments framework we’ve established, so that operators can identify audiences proactively and get the most effective communications out to their customers in real-time.”

 

Read the full story here.

Council offers suppliers access to cost-effective credit

Fife Council is partnering with Elcom e-Funding to trial a new affordable finance scheme for companies that supply goods and services to the council.

 

Cllr Altany Craik, Economy Convener said: “Business groups and individual suppliers tell us the biggest challenge to fulfilling contracts with the council is finance. Suppliers need access to affordable working capital to support their cash flow challenges. So we’re working with Elcom, a long-standing procurement technology supplier to Scottish councils, to offer cost-effective finance to businesses, based on the purchase orders we issue.

 

“Fife Council depends on many different suppliers in order to deliver public services to our residents. Together our economic development, procurement and finance teams are committed to supporting local suppliers – and an economy in which businesses can thrive and grow.

 

“I’m delighted we can pilot this supplier cash flow service, and look forward to seeing if it makes a difference to the companies we rely on.”

 

In the first instance a number of the council’s existing suppliers will be offered the chance to try the new finance scheme.

 

Those that sign up will be able to access finance on up to 80% of the council’s purchase order value within as little as 48 hours, at competitive interest rates. Once an invoice is approved the order can be fully funded.

 

Cllr Craik concluded: “We know that cash flow can be a real challenge for smaller companies. If this scheme is successful, it could give them the confidence to tender for contracts with the council and help them grow.

 

“Of course it’s up to owners and management teams to decide what’s right for their business. As a council we’re not saying this will be suitable for everyone but, as part of our commitment to make Fife the best place to do business, we think it could be a useful option.

 

“We’ll use the feedback from any companies involved in the trial to decide if the scheme should be opened up to all our suppliers.”

Involvement in the scheme will always be optional and an independent decision for companies to take. It will not affect the council’s process for awarding contracts or its relationship with suppliers.

 

For more information and to submit an application visit  www.fifedirect.org.uk/supplierfinance

Greenlight for Glenrothes Energy Network

Yesterday (Monday 26 March) members of Fife Council’s Policy and Co-ordination Committee approved the construction of a district heating network in Glenrothes town centre.

 

Fife Council’s Co-Leader David Ross said: “Today’s decision sees Fife once again leading the way in tackling climate change. Bringing a district heating scheme to Glenrothes will help us reach our goal of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.”

 

Co-Leader Cllr David Alexander added: “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.”

 

Glenrothes Energy Network is a collaborative local heat 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 the Fife House complex.

 

Mark Picton, Markinch Site Manager said: “We are extremely pleased with the Committee’s decision today. We believe that the Glenrothes Energy Network delivers low carbon heat efficiently and cost-effectively. The scheme has the ability to grow and develop over the next 40 years: enabling thousands of homes and businesses to access the available heat from the power plant.

 

“We believe that this project is important environmentally and it could continue the very important work that Scotland has already done on de-carbonising its economy.”

 

Cllr Fiona Grant, Glenrothes Area Committee Convener said: “This is great news for Glenrothes. Millions will be invested in the heart of Glenrothes with the potential for significant further investment if the scheme is extended to include Warout and Auchmuty.”

 

The district heating network will be operational by the end of January 2019, with building and development of the network and Energy Centre beginning in Spring 2018. For more information on the project please go to www.glenrothesenergynetwork.co.uk

2018 Fife Business Awards demonstrate business pedigree

The successes of twelve very different Fife businesses were recognised on Friday night (23 March) in front of around 330 guests as they were announced as the winners of the 2018 Fife Business Awards.

 

Held for the first time at the unique Art Deco style Glen Pavilion in Dunfermline, the Kingdom’s business community turned out en masse and in style to support the annual showcase of thriving business in Fife.

 

The 2018 Fife Business Awards winners

Popular TV and radio presenter Grant Stott reprised his role as host and master of ceremonies for a further year, and guests also enjoyed entertainment from former Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Edward Reid.

 

Peter Southcott, President of the Fife Chamber of Commerce, which organises the awards, said:

 

“The Fife Business Awards ceremony is a major event in the Fife business calendar, and the Chamber always looks forward to joining Chamber members, other businesses and their guests in celebrating the award winners and their tremendous achievements.

 

“The difficulty that the judges experienced in selecting the finalists and then the winners highlights the extraordinary quality of business talent in Fife. I would like to recognise the hard work and ambition of all the applicants and finalists.

 

“The Fife Business Awards are made possible thanks to the gracious support provided by the Fife Economy Partnership and our other sponsors and partners, and I would like to thank them all for their ongoing commitment.”

 

The winners will get another chance to celebrate their success at the inaugural Champions Lunch in May, when the 2017 and 2018 winners will come together to help Fife Chamber launch next year’s Awards

 

Fife Business Awards 2018 winners:

Award: Most Enterprising Start-Up Company sponsored by Ingenico

Winner: Beat Box Productions

 

Award: Best Performing Business (Under 50 employees) sponsored by EQ Accountants

Winner: EPS Services & Tooling    

 

Award: Best Performing Business (Over 50 employees) sponsored by Thomson Cooper Accountants

Winner: Fairmont St Andrews

 

Award: Excellence in People Development sponsored by Exxon Mobil

Winner: Velux Company                                   

 

Award: Developing the Young Workforce sponsored by BAE Systems

Winner: Kingdom Housing Association

 

Award: Success through Sustainability sponsored by Kettle Produce

Winner: Bright Green Hydrogen 

 

Award: Success through UK and International Trade sponsored byk Diageo

Winner: Ingenico Northern Europe

 

Award: Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by Semefab

Winner: MKM Building Supplies

 

Award: Success through Innovation sponsored by Condies Accountants & Advisors

Winner: Fife Health and Social Care

 

Award: Excellence in Tourism sponsored by Forth Ports

Winner: Connoisseur Golf

 

Award: Excellence in Food and Drink sponsored by Hilton DoubleTree Edinburgh – North Queensferry

Winner: Ivan Wood & Sons

 

Award: Outstanding Business Achievement Award sponsored by Fife Economy Partnership

Winner: James Donaldson & Sons Ltd

Scottish Apprenticeship Week Ministerial Visit

A series of events and activities took place throughout Fife earlier this month as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

 

Shirley-Anne Sommerville, Scottish Minister for Higher Education and Science visited one of the events – a Foundation Apprenticeships Showcase Event hosted by Fife Council, Skills Development Scotland and Fife College.

 

Businesses can take on Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprentices

Foundation Apprenticeships are 2-year learning programmes for senior phase school pupils which are delivered alongside the student’s school timetable.

 

Further and Higher Education Minster Shirley-Anne Somerville said:  “Apprenticeships are life changing opportunities – providing the chance, not only to work and earn, but also to achieve an industry recognised qualification to support future career ambitions. They are also a fantastic way for all employers in Scotland, regardless of size and sector, to develop their workforce and contribute to business and economic growth.”

 

Lucinda McAllister, Service Manager Employability Services, Fife Council added, “This is another sign of successful partnership working; the contribution from industry is key in maximising opportunities, helping to deliver results, achieving qualifications, and creating positive routes for our young people.  The apprenticeship vocational routes fit into school timetables where students have the opportunity to engage and connect with industry.  This gives them a head start to their future careers, building on sector experience and knowledge that can lead straight into a job.”

 

The apprenticeship programmes are funded by Skills Development Scotland, delivered in conjunction with Fife Council, Fife College, Developing the Young Workforce and Opportunities Fife partners and supported by local employers.  The programmes give young people an opportunity to experience a real life working environment, and achieving an industry recognised qualification.

 

Interested in taking on an apprentice?  Visit www.apprenticeships.scot or call 0800 783 6000 for more information about the three types of Scottish apprenticeships – Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships – and how they could benefit your business.