DWY Fife launches a new employability app for young people

Developing the Young Workforce in Fife (DYW Fife) has launched a new app to help young people dive into the world of work, from whenever they are.


Developed by a partnership between Fife Council and Fife-based technology company Ember Technology Ltd, the new app creates more ways for employers, education providers and Skills Development Scotland to work together to support young people as they consider their future and potential pathways into work.


Through the app, young people can engage with, and learn from local employers, read helpful articles, take part in polls, discover career opportunities, placements or apprenticeships and enter competitions and win prizes.


DYW (Fife) is the employer-led, regional group set up to create stronger connections between local employers, education and young people in order to better prepare young people for the world of work.


Take a closer look at the desktop version of the app which can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple stores.


For more information, or to get involved, email DYW.Fife@fife.gov.uk


The national Developing the Young Workforce organisation has also launched a Summer Leavers programme to help young people who are leaving school this summer. A digital Resource Hub –  E-DYW  – has been created and a series of online events have been organised for young people, educators, employers and parents including the DYW Skills Academy ‘Get Industry Ready’ sessions and Scotland’s Biggest Parents’ Event.


Work to begin on £4.1m world-leading FASTBLADE test centre

The first major engineering works on FASTBLADE, a state-of-the-art composite structures research facility, will begin in Rosyth later this month.

A team of Babcock engineers will begin construction of FASTBLADE’s 75 tonne structural reaction frame in early July, and will start fit out of the new facility at Babcock’s Rosyth site.


The facility, part of an industry-academic partnership between Babcock International Group and the University of Edinburgh, will initially be used for lifetime fatigue testing of renewable energy tidal turbine blades, using pioneering technology which will be the first of its kind in the world.


Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and University of Edinburgh, the facility will be an international centre of innovation in the research and testing of composite materials and structures for a variety of industries such as tidal energy, marine, transport, nuclear and aerospace.


FASTBLADE is expected to be fully operational in 2021.


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Epipole secures £1.5 million investment

Inverkeithing-based Epipole has secured £1.5 million in funding to market its ground-breaking video retinal imaging device in the US.


The funding was led by new investor Greenwood Way Capital with the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise, also participating.


Epipole’s patented technology enables clinicians to scan the retina using real-time video and then extract high quality images for further examination.  These images are smaller and less expensive than those produced by conventional desktop systems.


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Town Centre Businesses Recovery and Re-Opening Survey

Fife Council is inviting businesses in Fife’s town centres to let it know how it can help manage town centres safely for all as the lockdown restrictions ease.


Owners, managers and employees of retail, hospitality and leisure businesses based in any one of Fife’s town centres – any businesses which which are normally open to the public – are being asked to complete a short online survey.


Town Centre businesses and Fife Council will need to plan for shoppers and visitors returning, with reduced capacity due to social distancing requirements, queuing outside premises, and the requirement and opportunity for some businesses to use outdoor spaces.


Cllr Altany Craik, Convener of the Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee explained: “We are developing recovery plans to help address the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on towns and local shopping centres across Fife. A vital part of this planning is to support local businesses as our town centres begin to re-open.


“We’d like to hear about your plans, and the support that you need to re-open and trade both safely and successfully, as the lockdown eases.  This will help us to manage our town centres effectively.  Recovering from the impact of Covid-19 will challenge different businesses in different ways, and we want to do all we can to help.”


The survey, which will be open until 6 July only takes a few minutes to complete and can be found at   www.fife.gov.uk/tc-recovery-survey


In some areas, the council will need to reduce the amount of road space available for vehicles, in others full pedestrianisation might be needed to be in place at certain times.  These are just some of the range of options which will be considered, including measures to support walking, wheeling and cycling.


Cllr Craik added: “The council is working hard to support a range of business sectors in its town centres, including retail, hospitality and leisure, culture and public transport and we want to hear from as many businesses as possible.”


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BID St Andrews launches #LoveStAndrews Marketplace App

The St Andrews Business Improvement District (BID) has launched an app to help its member businesses to continue to trade through the coronavirus pandemic.


The new app – #LoveStAndrews Marketplace – launched today (Monday 15 June) provides a platform for local businesses with existing deliver and/or click-and-collect services. as well as for businesses wishing to start offering such services.


With support from the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 BID Resilience Fund, BID St Andrews has developed the app in partnership with the Hungrrr Development Ltd, developers of an online and app food ordering system.


“BIDS across Scotland are playing a critical role during these challenging economic times.  Not only are we offering hands-on support to our BID Members, but we are working hand-in-hand with local and central government to try to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on our local economies.  Town centres will play a vital role in the “bounce back” and we hope the Marketplace App will be another way we can help by providing businesses with a flexible revenue platform as they adapt the way they operate going forward.” said Jane Kennedy, BID St Andrews Manager.


Louise A Fraser, Chair of BID St Andrews and owner of the town’s Fraser Gallery added: “As Chair of BID St Andrews, I am delighted that we are able to support local businesses in accessing a new platform that will help them promote their business to both new and existing audiences – from within the town as well as further afield. As we move forward, the parameters within which businesses can operate will be changing and our Marketplace app will allow them to offer their products and service with delivery and collect options, in addition to physical sales.”


For more information, email BID St Andrews at info@bidstandrews.co.uk

First businesses sign up to Kirkcaldy’s new ShopAppy

Kirkcaldy’s new online business platform – ShopAppy Kirkcaldy – has received a positive response from local businesses with 20 local organisations signing up in the first week that it went live.


Kirkcaldy was the first town in Scotland to sign up to the platform which aims to provide critical support and trade to businesses during lockdown and beyond.


The pilot project, which has received financial assistance from Fife Council, is the first initiative to be carried out by the new “Love Oor Lang Toun” initiative.


The online shopping platform, which is being hosted by Greener Kirkcaldy, is open to any business in the town and offers a free six-month trial.


Any business interested in participating should email hello@shopkirkcaldy.co.uk for more information and to start the sign up process.


Firm seeks world first with hydrogen gas for Levenmouth homes

A world-first project, using green hydrogen to heat homes, could be built in Fife if proposals are approved by energy regulator Ofgem.


SGN has asked the regulator for approval for its H100 Fife project to provide 300 homes in Levenmouth with energy generated from hydrogen.


The H100 Fife project has passed the initial screening submission process for Ofgem’s annual Network Innovation Competition and a full bid for funding will be submitted this summer.


If the bid is successful, a new 100% zero-carbon hydrogen network will be built in Levenmouth, producing hydrogen via an electrolysis plant powered by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult‘s nearby offshore wind turbine.


New pipes will be laid alongside 1,000 properties, meaning home owners would have the choice of receiving their existing gas supply or the hydrogen alternative.


SGN hope to start construction in early 2021, with the plant operational within about three years.


The project will also provide critical evidence for a potential zero carbon energy source, helping to inform the UK’s long-term policy decisions for decarbonisation.


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Keeping it Local : Family grocer champions produce from local farmer and artisan producer

Auchtertool producer, Peter Mitchell of The Farmers Son, has partnered with local retailer David’s Kitchen to ensure his award-winning products keep the shelves fully stocked.


David’s Kitchen, which has three stores in Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy and Falkirk, has been going above and beyond to serve its communities by focusing on stocking and promoting local produce to ensure a quality supply chain which can deliver quickly to meet demand.


Keith Fernie, Managing Director at David’s Kitchen, explains why this is so important to them: “Over the recent months, demand from customers for fresh produce, especially meat, has surged and we’ve found utilising our local Fife producers not only makes for great tasting food, low food miles and sustainable supply chains, but also helps support the local economy – especially at this difficult time.”


Peter Michell, founder of the award-winning The Farmer’s Son added: “Working with David’s Kitchen is a great partnership as working with other local family businesses is really important to us.  Like us, David’s Kitchen put their customers first and are ensuring that, even during the current lockdown, their communities are eating the best quality food as what we eat is vital to our health and wellbeing.”

Lang Toun leads the way in lockdown with ShopAppy

Kirkcaldy businesses are the first in Scotland to trade online using the award-winning shopping platform ShopAppy, thanks to a new community initiative – Love Oor Lang Toun.



ShopAppy Kirkcaldy, launched today (Monday 11 May 2020),  is a website which brings together the town’s businesses into one online marketplace.


The pilot project, which was made possible with financial support from Fife Council, gives shoppers a way to shop local during lockdown and beyond, helping support the Kirkcaldy economy by encouraging people to buy from local independent businesses.


The pilot project is open to businesses located in Kirkcaldy who can participate FREE of charge in the scheme for six months, thanks to Council funding.  After this period, it will cost businesses the equivalent of only £5 a week to participate.


Local businesses who would like to take part should email hello@shopkirkcaldy.co.uk


Kirkcaldy is the ONLY location in Scotland currently offering the ShopAppy service and the project is being delivered by the newly formed Love Oor Lang Toun Group with support from Greener Kirkcaldy and Fife Council.


Love Oor Lang Toun, which is being established as a social enterprise to support, develop and promote the town centre, builds on previous work carried out by local partners, including the former BID, Kirkcaldy4All.


Suzy Goodsir of Greener Kirkcaldy said she was delighted to see Kirkcaldy leading the way nationally:  “We are excited to see ShopAppy Kirkcaldy go live, and the new Love Oor Lang Toun group supporting our town. This initiative will give local people a chance to really show their support for businesses in their town at a time of great uncertainty for the local economy.


“We urge everyone to have a look at ShopAppy Kirkcaldy, make a purchase and support local, not only in lockdown, but beyond.”

New £100 million grant fund open for applications from SMEs and newly self-employed

A new £100 million package of additional grant support for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people opened for applications yesterday (30 April).


The three separate funds, financed by the Scottish Government, will begin to pay out grants in early May:




  • £45 Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund – managed by Scottish Enterprise, providing bespoke grants and business support to viable, but vulnerable, SMEs who are deemed to be vital to the local or national economy.


The Scottish Government is also providing £1 million to top up Creative Scotland’s Bridging Bursaries in the not-for-profit sector.


For more information and to apply for one or more of the funds click on the links above or visit www.FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot