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 https://www.great.gov.uk/report-trade-barrier/
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of Fife Council’s Central and West Planning Committee yesterday (Thursday 18 December) approved a planning application from Scottish Enterprise to redevelop Longannet power station.
Fife Council Co-Leader, Cllr David Ross, said: “The Longannet site is nationally significant and critically important locally. The planning permission granted yesterday marks a significant step forward in the journey towards creating new employment and economic opportunities in the Kincardine area and beyond.
“This latest milestone builds upon the work of the Longannet Taskforce, whose focus has been to support the wider regeneration of the area following the power station’s closure in 2016.
“We now look forward to showcasing the site to ensure that this location, which has driven past industrial revolutions, will once again be a catalyst towards business activity that drives a renewed innovation-led economy.”
Fife Council Co-Leader, Cllr David Alexander, added: “Planning application approval will see approximately 74 hectares of the site made available for investors into the Kingdom, and will boost the economy within South and West Fife and across the wider region.
“We also seek to secure secondary investment within Fife, recognising that the Longannet site and its infrastructure connections give rise to significant opportunities across the wider area. Around 1,000 jobs are expected to be created at Longannet.”
The plans to regenerate the site of Scotland’s last coal-fuelled power station also support the council’s wider aim of reducing carbon emissions.
Fife Council and RWE took home the Best Engagement Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards last week for their work promoting the Glenrothes Energy Network.
Pictured with the Best Engagement Award are from LHS Ken Gourlay (Fife Council), Cllr Altany Craik (Fife Council), Carlene Simpson (Fife Council), Ross Tulloch (Fife Council), Mark Picton (RWE) and Ian Calvert (RWE).
The awards, organised by Scottish Renewables, were announced in Edinburgh on 5 December and saw winners in 12 categories receive trophies recognising their work in the green energy sector.
Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables said: “Once again, the Scottish Green Energy Awards showcase the truly incredible innovation, drive and passion of those working within our industry.
“The commitment, knowledge and hard work of those within the industry is making a significant positive impact on Scotland’s economy as we continue to mitigate carbon emissions and work towards achieving net zero by 2045.
“My congratulations go to all nominees and of course to the winners.”
The Glenrothes Heat Network is a £24 million collaborative local heat scheme between the Scottish Government, RWE and Fife Council. It provides sustainable low carbon heat to a mix of industrial, commercial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as the Council’s Fife House complex of offices.
A new campaign to encourage people to shop local is being launched next week in Cowdenbeath.
From Monday 9th to Sunday 15 December, shops and businesses in Cowdenbeath town centre are taking part in the Cowdenbeath Festive Fiver Fest – a week of activity to encourage people to shop local.
Organised by Love Cowdenbeath, nearly 50 businesses have put together special £5 offers to showcase their products and services and give customers an extra excuse to pop in and spend money.
“Cowdenbeath is a town where there is a wealth of great independent businesses who offer a wide range of products along with excellent customer service and knowledge.” said a member of the Love Cowdenbeath Group.
“If each adult in the town spent £5 locally each week, we would boost the local economy by over £2m per year.”
A new campaign will bring more visitors to Dunfermline and West Fife by showcasing the town and area’s history with the help of funding from VisitScotland.
Led by the Dunfermline Heritage Partnership with the support of Fife Cultural Trust and Dunfermline & West Fife Tourism Partnership, the digital marketing campaign will draw on Dunfermline’s strong heritage and cultural story to encourage more visits to the town and its surrounding area, including Culross, North Queensferry and Inverkeithing.
VisitScotland is supporting the campaign with a £12,750 Growth Fund award. Its Growth Fund provides support to national, regional and sectoral tourism groups across Scotland to help them deliver partnership marketing campaigns.
The project aims to develop and share inspiring content and stories across social media to showcase the area’s rich history to visitors across the UK. This will include e-books, itineraries and work with influencers. The new content will sit on www.dunfermline.com
Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director said: “Dunfermline and West Fife has so many wonderful stories for visitors to discover and I’m very pleased that we are supporting this innovative campaign with our Growth Fund award.
“The area is steeped in history, both ancient and modern, and I look forward to seeing the town and West Fife’s rich heritage coming to life to showcase Scotland’s ancient capital as a top visitor destination.”
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Transport Scotland is conducting an online survey for the Second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2), a Scotland-wide review of the country’s strategic transport network across all transport modes.
You are invited to take part in this survey which will run until 10 January 2020.
The survey is designed to gain the views of organisations and businesses as well as residents on strategic transport problems and opportunities as well as identifying potential investment options.
The STPR2 will inform transport investment in Scotland for the next 20 years.
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Augmented Reality (AR) company AliveLab scooped a prestigious award at the 2019 Family Attraction Expo.
The company was awarded the Innovation Award for developing the ‘In The Footsteps of Kings’ app for the Fife Tourism Partnership.
The app guides visitors along royal paths and connects them with historic landmarks including Ravenscraig Castle, Lochore Castle, Aberdour Castle, Falkland Place and Estate and Markinch Church.
It provides Augmented Reality interactive games on a smartphone or tablet at each of the sites, as well as giving information on local buisnesses.
Sharon Wyness, CEO of AliveLab said: “We are thrilled to have won the Innovation Award at the Family Attraction Expo. The ‘In the Footsteps of Kings’ app is a great showcase for our technology skills and how they can enhance the whole visitor experience for children and their families. It also shows how technology can interact with outdoor activities and provide education at the same time as offering everyone a fun time. We think that AR works really well in any number of tourist environments, and we are confident that the award will raise our profile in the industry.”
Ann Camus, Fife Tourism Partnership Manager said: “It is brilliant that the ‘In the Footsteps of Kings’ app has received this recognition. Tourism brings a high level of economic value to Fife – the industry brings in £558m each year to the local economy and supports over 12,000 jobs across the region.”
For more information about the app and how your business can benefit, download the In the Footsteps of Kings Business Toolkit.
Construction of the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm off the Fife coast is now underway following confirmation from EDF Renewables that financial close for the project has been achieved.
The company has announced that at least eight steel foundation jackets are to be built by BiFab at its fabrication yard in Methil and that all of the wind farm’s 54 turbines are to be assembled at the Port of Dundee before being sailed to the site.
Construction of the components is now underway, offshore construction will start in June 2020 and full commissioning will be completed in 2023.
NnG Project Matthias Haag said: “We look forward to working with all the teams on what will be a fantastic project for Scotland and for EDF Renewables. Each of our main contractors will be introduced to further Scottish contractors through the Forth and Tay Offshore Cluster which we have supported since it was formed this year. The cluster is designed to maximise local supply chain and employment opportunities as much as possible.”
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