Decommissioning specialist plans a new Fife facility

Decommissioning specialist, CessCon Decom Ltd, has set its sights on setting up a scrapping facility at the Energy Park Fife in Methil.


The company, which is a new Scottish-based division of the Norwegian firm, CessCon Decom AS, has signed heads of terms with Scottish Enterprise and Fife Council.


The company said it was “fitting” for the numerous oil rigs that were built in the Methil yard to be returned for decommissioning.


Cesscon Decom Ltd said it is ready to make a “multi-million pound” investment to create an area fit for dismantling with water collection and treatment facilities.


The development could see the return of much needed jobs for the area following redundancies at the BiFab yards in Methil and Burntisland.


CessCon Decom Ltd CEO, Lee Hanlon said, “We have been working extensively with Scottish Enterprise and Fife Council to secure the site at the Energy Park Fife.


“The aim is to develop an east coast facility in Scotland to complement our existing European facilities, adding to the expansion of our decommissioning services in the UK, Europe and Asia.


“The Energy Park Fife facility is advantageously located to accommodate the substantial North Sea decommissioning market and it is very fitting that assets that were constructed and commissioned at the Energy Park some 20 or 30 years ago, might return to be decommissioned and recycled, creating a true circular economy, and bringing employment opportunities to the Fife area.”


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Heads of Terms signed for Tay Cities Deal

Council leaders have formally signed the historic £700 million Tay Cities Deal.


After months of negotiation, the heads of terms were officially agreed at a ceremony in Perth this morning (Thursday 22 November).


The deal will finance more than 20 major projects across Tayside and Fife, creating more than 60,000 jobs. The projects to be funded include a regional culture and tourism investment programme and the University of St Andrews’ Eden Campus.


The Scottish and UK Governments have each committed to investing up to £150 million throughout a 10-15 year period, subject to the approval of ‘robust business cases’.


The investment also has the potential to lever in more than £400 million of investment over the next decade.


Representatives of the UK and Scottish Governments joined four council leaders and business chiefs at Perth and Kinross Council HQ for the signing.


Click to see full details of the Deal.

Supply Design reaches finals of prestigious Deep Tech Awards

Supply Design has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious 2018 TechWorks Awards.


The Rosyth-based company is a finalist in the Power Electronics Innovation Award category of the Techworks Awards 2018 – the highest accolade in the UK ‘Deep Tech’ Industry.


Marc Brand, Director of Business Development at Supply Design said: “We are thrilled to be a finalist in the Power Electronics Innovation Award category of these prestigious awards.  To be nominated alongside industry leaders McLaren and AVL demonstrates the level of innovation our team is delivering to the market.  Supply Design and partners Iceotope are working hard to deliver new high-performance technology to the market and we are delighted to be rewarded with this recognition of the hard work we have been doing over the years.”


Supply Design, established in 2001, designs and develops high performance power converters for industrial and harsh environment applications, offering consultancy and power product development services to a range of companies.


The technology being recognised in these awards is a collaboration between Supply Design and Iceotope in Sheffield for the work combining power and liquid cooling patents which are revolutionising the High-Performance Computing (HPC) and ExaScale Computing world.


The TechWorks Awards recognise excellence in the new ‘deep tech’  industry that is driving the tech economy and becoming such a strategic part of the UK’s future.  This year’s winners will be announced today, 22 November.


TechWorks is the UK’s leading deep tech industry association whose focus is building a better and stronger tech ecosystem in the UK, helping to connect brilliant ideas with partnerships and investments that accelerate speed and enhance routes to market and profitability.

Fife chosen as UK base by global train manufacturer

Fife Council welcomed the announcement by Talgo SA, a global train manufacturer and technology firm, that it plans to locate its UK manufacturing base in the Kingdom.


With tough national competition, Fife was announced as the preferred location for the construction of the major new factory, which will potentially employ up to 1,000 people across Scotland.


Providing Talgo is successful in its bid for the HS2 rail contract, the factory is expected to be built by 2021. The factory will provide Talgo with a modern, bespoke and easily accessible site – not just to the rest of the UK, but internationally.


Councillor David Ross, Co-Leader of Fife Council, said: “We, along with the Scottish Government and our partners, very much welcome this investment news, which is truly fantastic for Fife and testimony to the support that has been given by our communities and businesses in South West Fife.


“Fife has a strong and proud manufacturing tradition which continues today. The announcement by Talgo is further testimony to the attractiveness of Fife as a manufacturing base. I’m particularly pleased that all the hard work that has gone into the search for a new user for the Longannet site has paid off. This is great news for Fife and the whole of central Scotland.”


Councillor David Alexander, Co-Leader of Fife Council, added: “This is the second affirmation of Fife’s enterprise excellence we’ve had this month. Fife is now the Most Enterprising Place in Britain and today it’s been recognised, once more, by a leading global manufacturer – as the prime location in Scotland for inward investors.”


By announcing Longannet as the preferred UK site, Talgo has also committed to training, developing local supply chain business opportunities and the use of the factory to service UK and international orders, thereby increasing use of local ports.


Fife Council reaches the finals of the Living Wage Scotland Awards

Fife Council is delighted to have been recognised by Living Wage Scotland as a finalist in their 2018 awards.


The Council became an accredited Living Wage employer in 2016.  In recognition of its role in championing the Living Wage, it was shortlisted for the Scottish Living Wage 2018 Anchor Institution Award.


The Living Wage Scotland 2018 Award Winners and Finalists

More than 2,000 of Fife Council’s employees benefit from the Scottish Local Government Living Wage.  Like others, the Council has financial challenges to address, but it sees its Scottish Living Wage accreditation as a positive step to creating a fairer Fife.


Fife Council is committed to making a positive difference to people’s lives, a commitment that doesn’t stop with its own employees.  Following the publication of the Fairer Fife Commission’s report in 2014, it set the ambition of helping Fife become a Living Wage region and will be working with local businesses to support them to achieve Living Wage accreditation.


For more information about the Living Wage and how to get accredited as a Living Wage Employer visit the Scottish Living Wage website.

Fife on international stage at Energy event

Invest in Fife recently attended Ocean Energy Europe (OEE) 2018 at the EICC last week in Edinburgh.


The event is billed as the most important event in the ocean energy sector calendar with over 400 professionals from all parts of the industry across Europe.


Fife Council’s Invest in Fife team put the region on the international stage once again with a stand at OEE2018.


Councillor Altany Craik, Convenor of Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “Fife was recently crowned most ‘Enterprising Place in Britain’ 2018, fighting off competition across the UK, proving that this region is an excellent location for investment and growth.


“Our stand at Ocean Energy Europe OEE2018 showcased the expertise and the massive potential for the energy sector in Fife.


“Fife Council has a good track record in encouraging investment in Fife and supporting the development of businesses to help grow a vibrant local economy. We shared our expertise as well as explored a number of business opportunities to help growth and development.”


Iain Shirlaw, Economic Adviser, Invest in Fife, added: “We were delighted that Invest in Fife, Pays de la Loire and the EU Interreg CLIPPER project hosted a joint stand. OEE came back to Scotland in recognition of the skills that have been built up in Fife over the past 10 years.


“Amongst companies attending were those developing products that could be built in Fife by the well-established supply chain. At the pre-conference reception Alan Duncan of Scotia supply chain, talked about how he is working with Electricite de France, who now own the Neart na Gaoithe wind farm off the coast of Fife, to ensure that as many local companies as possible benefit from the work being contracted.


“There are many opportunities for Fife companies to develop their capability as they progress their own offshore energy industries. We met with suppliers and customers from across Europe. It was a great opportunity for Fife companies to secure new business as the sector shows renewed growth across the world.”


The annual Ocean Energy Europe Conference & Exhibition is the meeting point for the whole ocean energy sector. Over 400 professionals from all parts of the industry and from over 20 countries came to meet the right people and get an update on the sector’s latest news.



Longannet site reaches final factory shortlist

Fife Council welcomes the announcement that Talgo  has shortlisted the former Longannet Power Station site as a potential factory site that could employ up to a thousand people.


Talgo designs and manufactures fast, lightweight trains and operates in 28 countries worldwide.


Councillor David Alexander, Co–Leader of Fife Council said: “We are delighted that Talgo has announced that Longannet is one of only two locations the company has shortlisted to build a state-of-the-art factory.


“We have worked tirelessly with the Scottish Government and partners through the Longannet Task Force to secure Longannet as a preferred site.  We strongly hope that Longannet will be the final preferred location and stand ready with our dedicated investment team – Invest in Fife – to support the Scottish Government, Scottish Development International and Talgo to succeed in bringing this investment to Scotland and Fife.”


Fellow Council Co-Leader David Ross added:  “The Council will do whatever it can to ensure that Longannet is the site chosen in the final selection.  The strengths of the Longannet site are clear given its close proximity to the ports of Rosyth and Grangemouth.  This will be a facility that will manufacture trains and develop world-leading technology, employing up to a thousand people.  Longannet has excellent accessibility, infrastructure and energy supply and has access to a skilled local workforce.  If Longannet is chosen as the final site, it will have a profound positive impact on the economy of Fife and Scotland.”


Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson said: “With potential for significant new jobs and supply chain opportunities, we are delighted that Longannet has been named as one of the final two shortlisted locations for Talgo’s factory.”


“The Scottish Government is working with Talgo and private sector partners across Scotland to ensure maximum benefit from the opportunity that Talgo’s investment represents and looks forward to Talgo’s final decision in the near future.”

Prepare for Brexit

Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, Mike Russell MSP has launched the next phase of the ‘Prepare for Brexit’ campaign, extending the Scottish Government’s support to all Scottlsh businesses.


A new website has been launched.


The  website hosts a specially designed Brexit self-assessment tool which is designed to help you identify how Brexit might affect them.


It also provides bespoke recommendations for action and signposts you to free support, advice and resources any financial support that you might be eligible to claim.


It is also home to a Brexit 15-point checklist, news, articles, access to experts and event listings.


‘Prepare for Brexit’ is a multi-agency campaign that aims to raise awareness among businesses,  providing a one-door service to the advice and support that’s available.


The support on offer will be available to any company, anywhere in Scotland, regardless of size and sector.





Fife businesses win at Scottish Thistle Awards

Five regional awards were scooped by Fife businesses and organisations at the 2017/18 Scottish Thistle Awards.


Announced last week (Thursday 23 November), the following awards were won by Fife businesses in the Central, Fife and Tayside Regional Programme:


All four regional finalists go through to the National Final which takes place on 15 March 2018


For over 20 years, the Scottish Thistle Awards have been recognised as Scotland’s tourism industry’s Oscars.  Organised by Visit Scotland, the awards celebrate and honour businesses, organisations and individuals who have delivered outstanding hospitality and service in the tourism sector.

Fife towns shortlisted in Scotland’s Towns Week design competition

Two Fife towns – Cowdenbeath and Kincardine – have been shortlisted in Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s FutureTown Design Competition.


As part of this week’s Scotland’s Towns Week taking place from 20-26 November, people are being asked to cast their vote online for one of the two shortlisted Fife towns.


The annual competition encourages submissions on how urban spaces could be renewed.


The Fife Council-led bid for Cowdenbeath would look to carry out public realm improvements, aimed at encouraging more people to spend time in the town centre.


Andrew Walker, economic adviser with Fife Council’s Town Centre Development Unit, explained: “At the core of this is community involvement and the great degree of civic pride that the people of Cowdenbeath have for their town. It remains a vibrant town centre but faces competition from adjoining retail centres. There’s a lot of opportunity to improve the public spaces with the area and keep people in the town centre for longer when they visit.”

Ideas already gathered include:

  • transformation of Brunton Square into a heritage garden reflecting the mining heritage of the town, creating an attractive gateway into the town and giving people a place to dwell as they spend time with the town centre
  • conversion of much loved but vacant buildings such as the Town House into re-useable space providing opportunities for enterprise, creativity and community activity.
  • better connecting the leisure, community and health facilities around the town with good signage and more attractive routes.
  • improving the lighting to help young people feel safer and create a dedicated sheltered space such as an outdoor seating area or café.
  • making buildings brighter and more attractive through colour and planting.


The proposal for Kincardine – the Kincardine Triangle – is being led by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and includes creating a new village green, upgrading the path network and a potentially reworked shoreline to create a viewing platform.


The winner will be decided by a public vote held during Scotland’s Towns Week  – online voting is open until midnight on Sunday 26 November.


Click to see the shortlisted towns and cast your vote!