Madras College Pupils Create Game for Popular Fife-Based App

Fife Council’s Economic Development Service has launched a new Culture of Enterprise programme in a bid to develop the skills of the region’s young people and help them on their future career pathway.

 

The new programme, which combines history and technology and is aimed at senior phase school pupils,  is ‘In the Footsteps of Kings’.  This challenges students to create an interactive game, based on St Andrews’ royal connections, which will then form part of the Fife Tourism Partnership’s award-winning augmented reality app of the same name.

 

Eight students from Madras College in St Andrews are working to create a new augmented reality game for the town’s tourism sector.  The pupils are currently researching the royal historic connections in St Andrews before they develop the game’s concept.  They will then work with app developer, Mardles, to bring their ideas to life.

 

Julie McLaren, Principal Teacher Curriculum – Technologies at Madras College said:

 

“In the Footsteps of Kings allows Madras College pupils to gain a valuable opportunity to work with a real business, Mardles, to create augmented reality media that incorporates some historical reference to royals with connections to St Andrews.

 

“The course is delivered virtually, and it is the pupil’s responsibility to grasp the tasks set and ensure they complete it to a high standard and with deadlines. Already the pupils have improved skills in key areas such as word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software, preparing them for employment and further study.”

 

Ann Camus, Enterprise & Business Development Manager at Fife Council, said:

 

“In the Footsteps of Kings is a welcome addition to Fife Council Economic Development’s Culture of Enterprise Programme, especially as businesses are becoming more digitally-driven.

 

“It is practical initiatives like this, which are vital in embedding a culture of enterprise into the classroom, whilst developing digital skills and gaining an insight into project management, problem solving, team working and innovative thinking. Developing these key skills now, will prepare these young people in their career choices.”

 

The intention is that Madras College’s St Andrews’ based game will go live at the start of next year’s tourism season, and will be part of Fife Tourism Partnership’s In the Footsteps of Kings augmented reality app, which already boasts games at ancient landmarks including Ravenscraig Castle, Lochore Castle, MacDuff Castle and Markinch Church.

 

Work Gets Underway on City Deal Project in Kirkcaldy

Fife’s flagship Industrial Innovation Investment programme has now begun construction work on seven single storey business units on land to the east of Midfield Drive, within Dunnikier Business Park, Kirkcaldy

 

The modern buildings include solar panels and are located at an established and popular business location in the town, close to key transport links including public transport.  The units are scheduled for completion in the autumn, and will boost economic development opportunities within Kirkcaldy, and provide small business space to local enterprises with growth ambitions.

 

The project is part of a wider investment programme, the Fife Industrial Innovation Investment (i3) programme, which will deliver new buildings and serviced sites across Mid and South Fife.  It will support the creation of 1,000 new skilled permanent jobs and almost 600 short-term construction jobs.  It also aims to attract around £30 million in private sector investment. This will be facilitated by joint working between the region’s universities, Fife businesses and Fife Council to deliver high value jobs.  The programme is part of the £1.3 billion Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, a partnership of local authorities, universities and colleges, and the Scottish and UK Governments to deliver a 15-year programme that will transform the regional economy.

 

Neil Crooks, Convener – Kirkcaldy Area Committee, Fife Council: “I am pleased that this project is now underway, and that Kirkcaldy is one of the first towns in Fife to benefit from investment from the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

 

“Our focus in Fife is firmly on fairer economic growth, where everyone benefits from good employment opportunities.  I’m looking forward to seeing tenants getting in and getting going when these units are finished next autumn.  That’s what this investment is really about, supporting growing businesses that can invest in their workforce to create and sustain good jobs.  The properties themselves are being built with future challenges and opportunities in mind, so the companies locating here will have premises that can adapt with their business model.”

 

The Fife Industrial Innovation Investment programme will be delivered in three phases. Phase one, which runs until March 2022, includes projects Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Lochgelly, Dunfermline and Dalgety Bay and will deliver a mix of completed buildings to let and serviced land available for immediate investment by new or existing businesses.

 

Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, Fife Council, added: “This project is the first visible sign in Kirkcaldy of the positive changes that the City Region Deal will bring to Fife.

 

“Through the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal regional partners will secure more than £1.3 billion of investment for the city region over the next 15 years.  We believe that this can create clear opportunities for genuine inclusive economic growth and investment in Fife.

 

“The Deal focuses on growing the regional economy through collaboration and by being outward-looking, building on the region’s existing strengths in key sectors and industries. Our Fife Industrial Innovation Investment programme will increase the supply of serviced employment land and new industrial, office and business space in Fife.

 

“Through the wider City Region Deal Fife businesses will have increased opportunities to build-on the value they generate from their data by adopting digital technologies, and use this to create new products, and generate both new supply chain arrangements and new business models – creating and safeguarding jobs.”

 

Leasing enquiries can be made to business.property@fife.gov.uk

Involved in moving freight? Your input is needed to help develop a new Freight Strategy for South East Scotland

SEStran and Forth Ports are carrying out research to determine the flow of cargo in, out and within the River Forth Region with a view to identifying what could be transferred onto more sustainable modes of transport.

 

Their study  – The GO SEStran Forth Freight Strategy – will investigate existing freight movements along with the barriers faced by multimodel freight terminals to encouraging customers to switch to more sustainable modes of transport.

 

The study will also assess the feasibility of reinstating and introducing rail freight facilities where appropriate.

 

The GO SEStran Forth Freight Strategy is being funded by Transport Scotland through the Local Rail Development Fund.

 

The South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) is the statutory regional transport partnership of eight local authorities – City of Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, East Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian.  It covers a region which is of significant economic value to the Scottish economy and is a major generator of freight movements.

 

For more information about how to input to this study, download an information leaflet or email enquiries@sestran.gov.uk

 

Meet the Buyer Goes Virtual

Under the banner of InvestFife, Fife Council’s Economic Development Team hosted a virtual Meet the Buyer event last Thursday (5 November) as part of Fife Business Week 2020.

 

As businesses adapt to how they buy and sell, this virtual event, delivered by Fife Council’s Economic Development Team in partnership with the Supplier Development Programme, brought together 258 participants to create new opportunities in the new ‘normal’. Of those, 60 attendees were from businesses based in Fife.

 

Meet the Buyer showcased a range of contract opportunities currently available in Fife, across various sectors, including construction, offshore wind, renewables, and manufacturing. In addition to a warm welcome from Fife Council’s Economic Development and Procurement teams, there were presentations from Talgo, EDF Renewables, SSE Renewables and Red Rock Power Limited.

 

Ann Camus, Enterprise & Business Development Manager at Fife Council, said:

 

“The coronavirus pandemic has changed the B2B marketplace. We’re all having to adapt, and so this year, we took our traditional Meet the Buyer event as part of Fife Business Week, online, to support businesses to realise contracts in the new ‘normal’. Participants learnt about significant projects happening here in Fife and were able to find out how to be part of the supply chain.

 

“It was extremely encouraging to hear that over 250 participants took part in this event, and from a poll taken on the day, 86 per cent of those, believed the event would encourage them to bid for more public sector contracts.”

 

Norrie Scott of NJS Lighting Solutions, LED lighting specialists based in Fife, said:

 

“I found the virtual Meet the Buyer event very professional and informative. Delivering virtual events can be challenging, so well done to all involved!

 

“I was able to engage in a one-to-one with Talgo UK, whereby I will be following up on what we can offer in relation to the development of the site at Longannet, Fife with the contact details I got on the day. There are tough months ahead for all businesses but positivity for the future remains strong for Fife.”

 

Talgo presented on opportunities to become part of its supply chain for works on its multi-million pound factory on the site of Longannet, whilst EDF Renewables updated local businesses on plans for Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore windfarm, for which supply chain opportunities exist. Similar presentations were made by SSE Renewables and Red Rock Power Limited, with each of these companies, offering key insights into supply chain opportunities and those nuances that could support the procurement tender.

 

Jon Veitch, Managing Director of Talgo UK Ltd., said:

 

“We were absolutely thrilled with the opportunity to contribute to Fife Business Week and especially the Meet the Buyer event. It is so heartening to see the capability and qualities of organisations from Scotland and Fife, which we hope to harness in the coming and lasting years.”

 

For information about the training, support and information that’s available to help you win work and grow your business, visit the Supplier Development Programme website.

Take part in Living Wage Week 2020

You are invited to help celebrate – or learn more about – the real Living Wage movement this week (9-15 November) during Living Wage Week.

 

The annual event, organised by Living Wage Scotland, has a host of online networking events and webinars for employers interested in or already paying the real Living Wage. Click here for more information and to book your place.

 

Businesses who are already accredited Living Wage Employers can find out how they can take part in celebrating the week by downloading a digital  pack of Living WageWeek resources.

 

The real Living Wage is an independently calculated rate based on the cost of living and is paid voluntarily by employers.  The rate is calculated in November each year by the Resolution Foundation from an analysis of the wage that employees need to earn in order to afford the basket of goods required for a decent standard of living.  Currently the rate is £9.30 per hour, today the Resolution Foundation announced that the rate will increase to £9.50 in April 2021.

 

Over 800 more employers in the UK have become accredited Living Wage employers since the start of lockdown, including Tate and Lyle, Network Rail, Capital One, the All England Lawn Tennis Club and Ember Technology in Glenrothes.

 

They join a network of almost 7,000 employers across the UK who are already paying this recommended rate to ensure all staff earn a wage that meets the real cost of living, and covers everyday needs.

 

To find out how to become an accredited Living Wage employer visit the Living Wage Scotland website.

 

 

Fife College invites you to have your say

Fife College values the partnerships it has with businesses in the region and its role helping to develop the local workforce.

 

It is keen to find out how Fife’s businesses perceive its brand, how it might improve its communications with you and most importantly, how it can improve the training it offers for your current and future employees.

 

You are therefore invited to have your say by taking part in a short online survey which should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

 

https://fife.surveyoptic.com/FifePerceptions

 

Please note that the survey is being conducted by an external agency which Fife College has used on a number of occasions.  Your responses will be confidential and findings will be presented to Fife College only at an aggregated level and will not be shared with any other organisation.

 

The survey closed on Wednesday 18 November.

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.”

 

Click to read the full story.

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 .