Fife Council wins Scottish Green Energy Award

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 provided sustainable low carbon heat to a mix of industrial, commecial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as the Council’s Fife House complex of offices.

 

 

 

Cowdenbeath launches shop local campaign

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.”

 

 

New campaign to showcase Scotland’s Ancient Capital

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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Have your say on future transport investment in Scotland

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.

 

Click for more information and to take part in the survey.

 

In the Footsteps of Kings wins Innovation Award at Family Attraction Expo

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.

 

 

 

 

BiFab wins contract to supply NnG offshore wind farm

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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Have your say at Kirkcaldy’s town centre pop-up engagement shop

A pop-up engagement shop has been set up to encourage people who live and work in Kirkcaldy to drop in and chat with Fife Council staff about the town centre’s development projects.

 

Based in the Kirkcaldy Centre, formerly The Postings,  the shop will be manned by staff from the council’s Transportation and Town Centre Development teams from tomorrow (Wednesday 27 November) until Friday 6 December 2019.

 

Convener of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee, Cllr Neil Crooks, explained:  “There’s a lot going on to help regenerate Kirkcaldy town centre and we want to encourage who live, work and/or shop in the town centre to stop and chat with us about what’s happening , what’s planned and what’s still to be decided on.

 

“Visitors to the shop will be encouraged to take part in our placemaking survey work as well as give feedback on specific projects like the revival of Kirkcaldy’s waterfront or car parking options.”

 

A trial is currently running in the town offering a cheaper parking season ticket that works out costing less than £1 for all-day parking – click for more information.  Wider parking options for the town centre are also set to be reviewed and feedback from drivers about what other changes they would like to see in the future will help to inform this.

 

The pop-up engagement shop in the Kirkcaldy Centre will be open as follows:

  • 10am-4pm, Wednesday 27 November
  • 4pm-7pm, Thursday 28 November
  • 10am-4pm, Friday 29 November
  • 10am-4pm, Wednesday 4 December
  • 4pm-7pm, Thursday 5 December
  • 10am-4pm, Friday 6 December.

 

For those who can’t make it to the shop, you can have your say about parking online at www.fife.gov.uk/kirkcaldyparking

2020 AccelerateHER Awards Target Fife’s aspiring entrepreneurs

Fife-based female business founders are once again being offered an opportunity to raise their company’s profile and win a place on an international trade mission with today’s (Thursday 14 November) launch of the 2020 AccelerateHER Awards.

 

This year’s awards programme is seeking applications from businesswomen whose companies fit into one of the following four categories:

  • MedTech and Science;
  • FinTech and Cyber Security;
  • CleanTech and Climate; or
  • Disruptive Innovation.

 

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AccelerateHer 2019 Finals – Edinburgh

A winner will be selected for each category and announced at an awards final event in March 2020.

 

Winners will all secure a free slot on a market-building trade mission to Europe, North America or the Middle East to showcase their business to industry contacts and global investors.

 

The 2020 programme will also include a ‘Rising Star’ award for the female founder with the best early stage business idea.

 

The AccelerateHER Awards, which celebrate and support aspirational Scottish-based female founders, are running for their fifth consecutive year. Organised by all-female business angel group Investing Women, the awards are designed to inspire and support more female-led companies in Scotland. They are open to ambitious women who play a leading role in companies with strong global growth potential, providing participants with an ideal platform to connect with Investing Women’s network of angel investors, commercial advisers and other successful businesspeople.

 

Entrants will initially be asked to submit a video pitch via the Investing Women’s website, outlining their business, its ambitions, growth plans and international potential.

 

A panel of highly experienced judges will then review the submissions and draw up a shortlist of entrants who will present to a panel in February. Up to 12 companies will then be short-listed with winners announced at the AccelerateHER Awards final being staged in March 2020. Deadline for entries is Friday, 20th December 2019.

 

Last year’s AccelerateHER Awards winners were Rachel Jones of SnapDragon; Lina Gasiunaite of Biotangents; and Corien Staels of Staels Design. Dr Carla Brown, the founder and Director of Game Doctor, won the ‘Rising Star’ award. To date, more than 2,500 female business founders have joined the AccelerateHER community.

 

Launching this year’s AccelerateHER Awards programme, Jackie Waring, CEO of Investing Women said: “These awards celebrate both the achievements and future potential of many female founded businesses in Scotland. This year’s focus on technology, life sciences and environmentally-focused businesses is designed to dovetail with the appetite of the global investment community which is keen to support such enterprises.

 

“I would urge all ambitious Fife-based female founders who wants to raise their companies’ profile on an international stage to enter the awards. This includes those whose businesses are only at concept stage who could secure recognition through the Rising Star category. The competition gives participants an ideal platform to promote their companies and attract initial or additional investment to help them grow their business on a global scale.”

 

For more information and to submit an entry visit www.investingwomen.co.uk/accelerateherawards2020/

New Real Living Wage Rate Announced

Today (Monday 11 November) is the start of Living Wage Week, the annual celebration of the Living Wage movement in the UK

 

To kick off the celebrations, the Living Wage Foundation has announced that the new Real Living Wage has increased from £9.00 per hour to £9.30 per hour across Scotland and the UK.

 

The real Living Wage is a rate of pay independently calculated based on what people need to earn to live in the UK.  It’s a voluntary scheme for employers and applies to all employees over 18 years of age.

 

The new rate is £1.09 per hour more than the national minimum wage for over 25 year-olds.

 

Whilst there are currently over 70 Living Wage employers in Fife, around 20% of employees in the region are still paid less than the Real Living Wage, leaving many families struggling to cope.

 

Earlier this year Glenrothes became the first town in the UK to start an initiative to become a Living Wage Town.

 

 

Visit https://our.fife.scot/fairerfife/livingwage/ for more information on how to join the growing number of Fife employers who are paying the Living Wage .

 

 

 

Local Employers Support Making Glenrothes a Living Wage Town

Fife-based employers from private business, third sector and public sector organisations, gathered at an event held in Glenrothes on Thursday 7th November to network and learn about the benefits of becoming an accredited Living Wage employer.

 

The business breakfast seminar was hosted by Fife Voluntary Action, a member of the Fife Living Wage Action Group, and provided an opportunity for local companies to meet businesses that are already accredited Living Wage employers to find out first-hand about the advantages of signing-up to the scheme. The event, part of Fife Business Week, also provided an opportune time to celebrate the progress being made in Glenrothes in the week prior to the annual announcement of the new Living Wage rate for 2020/21.

 

Councillor Fiona Grant said: “Glenrothes is leading the way by becoming the first town in the UK to take this place-based approach to tackling the issue of low pay and in-work poverty. By Making Glenrothes a Living Wage Town we can create conditions where businesses prosper and residents can live good lives. The Action Group has been very effective in setting out the plan and motivating others to become involved.  I’m delighted with the progress we have made to date and looking forward to more businesses and organisations signing-up in the next few months. I encourage all local business owners and employers to find out more and consider becoming accredited by visiting our website at our.fife.scot/livingwage/.”

 

Kenny Murphy, Chief Executive of Fife Voluntary Action, said: “ We are delighted to be partnering with Fife Council, Living Wage Scotland and the Fife Living Wage Action Group to host this event. I believe paying the real Living Wage is a value that most employers in our community share, but many are not aware of taking the next step to becoming accredited. Events like this give businesses the opportunity to meet others who are accredited, ask questions and hear about the benefits. The Action Group is encouraging all employers in the Glenrothes area to lead the way and pay the real Living Wage as a way of demonstrating their commitment to their community. ”