Fife to head to Offshore Europe Exhibition in September 2021

Fife is heading to SPE Offshore Europe in Aberdeen later this year and is seeking a strong representation of local companies to exhibit.


The bi-annual four-day event, which is one of the largest conferences and exhibitions for the global offshore exploration and production industry, will take place between 7 and 10 September 2021.


Fife Council Economic Development, under the banner InvestFife, will host a stand at the four-day event, and is seeking local businesses to showcase Fife’s longstanding and expanding reputation in the sector.


Businesses will benefit from engaging directly with technical experts on the exhibition floor, networking with international market leaders and new innovative companies, to source, compare and collaborate.


In previous years, Fife participants have included MRS Training & Rescue, Utility ROV, Lamond and Murray, Bridge Systems, Process Plus, GES Oil Field Services Ltd and Ductform HFE, the latter of which has attended Offshore Europe as part of InvestFife’s stand since 2013.


Ductform HFE’s Managing Director, Stacey McKinlay, commented:


“Offshore Europe has been an excellent platform to showcase our offering of HVAC Ductwork, Fabrication and Engineering Solutions.


“Being part of a group stand has allowed us to become much more visible and has helped forge long-standing relationships with local businesses, all working together to help showcase Fife’s offerings as a business community.¬† This collaborative force, which is supported by Fife Council Economic Development, helps draw a wider audience to the stand, increasing the opportunity for generating new business.”


Stacey concluded:


“Our position, in what was once a very new market for us, has steadily improved year on year, given the support and team spirit generated through the Fife stand at Offshore Europe.”


Councillor Altany Craik, Convener of the Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee said:


“Fife has a robust reputation as an ideal location for the energy and renewables sector, including Energy Park Fife, so it is vital that we showcase this and other successful projects to a global audience, whilst also protecting the region’s economic recovery.


“Fife has hosted a stand at Offshore Europe for over 20 years, and time and time again, it has generated new opportunities for Fife-based businesses, enabling growth and development, whilst helping to grow the local economy.¬† Now, more than ever, we are encouraging local businesses to join us for the four-day event and help us fly the flag for Fife.”


Fife Council’s Trade Development Programme, which supports Fife businesses to participate at or visit exhibitions in a wide range of industry sectors, is organising a Fife stand and can help first-time exhibitors with part-funding towards the exhibition costs.¬† For regular exhibitors, joining InvestFife’s stand can bring marketing and networking opportunities, as well as logistical and practical help with promotional materials.


For more information about exhibiting at Offshore Europe or to register your interest email  The deadline to register interest is 15 March 2021.

Fife Tech Consortium appoints new chair

The Fife Tech Consortium, a group of Fife-based technology companies which aims to build opportunities and encourage careers in the sector, has appointed a new Chair.


Jim Tomaney, Chief Operating Officer at Renovite Technologies and newly-appointed Chair of the Fife Tech Consortium

Jim Tomaney, Chief Operating Officer at payment solutions company, Renovite Technologies in Dunfermline, will head up the technology-focussed group. He brings a wealth of experience, having been a founding member of Fife Tech, and will lead the Consortium’s strategic direction in a post-lockdown environment.


Jim Tomaney, Chair of Fife Tech Consortium, said:


‚ÄúNow more than ever, as we emerge out of one of the most challenging times for businesses, the Consortium has an important role to play in bringing together local technology companies on common areas of interest, such as funding, education and building a larger talent pool.‚ÄĚ


Jim added:


‚ÄúMy priority is to bring together the Consortium to agree a strategic direction to ensure we meet and can support the current needs of the technology sector here in Fife. So much has changed over the last year, we need to ensure we remain relevant to encourage growth.‚ÄĚ


The Fife Tech Consortium was established by Fife Council Economic Development’s Team, under the banner, InvestFife, in August 2019. It brings together several technology companies including: Ingenico, the global leader in seamless payment; global payment solutions company, Renovite Technologies; Rosyth-based Sainsbury’s Bank; subscriber intelligence provider Singula Decisions (formerly Paywizard); and Verifone, which provides a seamless payment experience with any payment method. The platform provides an opportunity to collaborate positively on common areas of interest such as funding, education and building a bigger talent pool to support growth in the sector in Fife.


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


‚ÄúThe Consortium represents a positive opportunity for local businesses to collaborate to encourage employment, qualifications and skills in the sector, and to avoid a potential skills gap. We welcome news of Jim Tomaney‚Äôs appointment as Chair, who brings much experience, and can support the industry and its needs, during this vital time.‚ÄĚ


For more information about the group, email

Funding available for Fife’s Food & Drink Businesses to showcase products virtually for one year

Fife Council Economic Development has funding available through its Trade Development Programme for Fife-based food and drink businesses to promote their goods and services to buyers over the course of 2021.


Food and drink businesses seeking to grow and build their client base are being encouraged to apply for funding, to take part in Scotland‚Äôs Speciality Food Show. The event is being delivered online from January to December 2021 giving buyers exclusive access to all products, all year. Registered buyers can search, select and request information on products, can access virtual showrooms, bookmark favourite products and make appointments with ‚Äėexhibitors‚Äô and chat with the team. Buyers can return time and time again to locate the products they need, when they need them.


Under the banner, InvestFife, Fife Council Economic Development’s Trade Development Programme is offering part-funding (50 per cent) for the online exhibition costs to Fife food and drink businesses. In addition, and in partnership with Business Gateway Fife and Food From Fife, businesses will be offered relevant training, including sessions on selling online and Digital Boost workshops, in preparation for the year-long event.


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


“Scotland’s Speciality Food Show has a proven track record of creating opportunities in new and existing markets for Fife-based food and drink businesses. The feedback we’ve had in recent years has been positive, with businesses reporting the establishment of viable contacts as well as securing contracts.


‚ÄúWe do encourage businesses, where possible, to attend events like these ‚Äď there‚Äôs no better way of being visible to food and drink buyers from across the UK. This year, the show will be a bit different, but with it running online over the course of 2021, that will create more opportunities for local food and drink businesses.‚ÄĚ


Feragaia, Scotland’s first distilled alcohol-free spirit, exhibited at last year’s Scotland’s Speciality Food Show, where it met a buyer from Harrods, and subsequently signed a supply deal with the prestigious department store. In less than a year from the initial meeting, Feragaia was on Harrods’ shelves!


Feragaia’s Co-founder, Bill Garnock commented:


‚ÄúScotland‚Äôs Speciality Food Show 2020 brought about significant opportunities for our business ‚Äď we‚Äôve had a 250 per cent growth in our monthly sales since January last year!


“In addition to meeting a representative from Harrods we were also able to form other supply opportunities, meeting high calibre food and drink buyers from across the UK, which have resulted in sales over the last year.


‚ÄúWe‚Äôre still reaping the benefits of exhibiting at Scotland‚Äôs Speciality Food Show, as we continue to network and develop some of those initial contacts. We will be exhibiting again this year ‚Äď online over the course of the year ‚Äď as we seek to grow the domestic side of our business, as well as develop export opportunities.‚ÄĚ


Fife-based food and drink businesses keen to exhibit virtually at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show 2021 are encouraged to contact InvestFife: to discuss the range of support available.

Inchdairnie Distillery wins government cash to convert to green energy

Inchdairnie Distillery in Glenrothes is one of 17 businesses in the UK to be awarded government funding to go green.


The Distillery, operated by John Fergus and Co Ltd, is to receive over £70,000 from the fund to explore the use of hydrogen to decarbonise processed heat.


The ¬£10 million Green Distilling Fund was launched by the UK Government last year to support the introduction of innovative low-carbon energy sources in the country’s whisky distilleries.¬† Eleven distilleries across Scotland and six in England received funding from the first phase of awards to scope and develop a feasible pilot demonstration project.¬† Later this year, the 17 distilleries will be invited to bid for Phase 2 funding to develop and demonstrate their projects.


Click for more information about the Green Distilleries Competition.









CessCon Decom secures major contract as it launches Fife facility with the creation of up to 50 jobs

CessCon Decom has launched its new decommissioning facility at Energy Park Fife, Methil, with the announcement that it has been awarded Scotland’s largest decommissioning contract to date, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.


The facility, which has been in the making for the last couple of years, was awarded its first contract in December (2020) for the onshore decommissioning, dismantlement, and recycling of Spirit Energy’s Morecambe Bay DP3 and DP4 facilities in the East Irish Sea, by Allseas. The contract involves the processing of over 23,000 tonnes of material at CessCon Decom’s facility in Methil.


CessCon Decom secured this contract as a direct result of a competitive tender and will commence work immediately. The first structures are planned to arrive at the Energy Park Fife facility in early 2021.


Commenting on the award, Lee Hanlon, CEO of CessCon Group, said:


‚ÄúWe are delighted to have been selected by Allseas and Spirit Energy to provide onshore decommissioning, dismantlement and recycling services at our new decommissioning facility in Scotland. It is excellent to see that our hard work and determination to establish a new UK dismantlement and recycling facility has been recognised by Allseas and Spirit Energy, and we look forward to delivering a successful project together.‚ÄĚ


InvestFife ‚ÄstFife Council Economic Development¬†Team¬†‚Äď has been working with Scottish Enterprise and¬†CessCon¬†Decom, which has included a ¬£7m investment programme to expand the site to allow access for larger structures to be dismantled.¬†It‚Äôs¬†very much been a team approach, with help and support from Fife Council‚Äôs planning team, investment secured from a range of sources, as well as InvestFife helping to source the right workforce, and to ensure the correct supply chains are set up, to benefit local businesses and communities.


This inaugural contract with Allseas has gained much traction and has certainly put Fife on the map as a Scottish decommissioning location.


Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:


“The award of this major onshore decommissioning contract is evidence of the growing strength of Scotland’s decommissioning supply chain and the capabilities, knowledge and skills held within the industry.


“I am delighted to see how recent investment through the Scottish Government’s Decommissioning Challenge Fund and the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund has been used to develop the decommissioning potential of Methil Docks and to help secure major projects within this key growth sector.


‚ÄúWith the market for oil and gas decommissioning forecast to reach ¬£15.2 billion over the next decade, there is huge potential for the Scottish supply chain to capitalise on this opportunity and to continue to develop its world class capabilities. At a time in which the decommissioning supply chain continues to be significantly affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is welcome news that this new facility has secured its first major dismantlement and recycling contract.‚ÄĚ


Councillor Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, commented:


“This is great news for CessCon Decom. It is a significant contract with Allseas, which includes the processing of over 23,000 tonnes of materials at Cesscon Decom’s newly established facility at Energy Park Fife. I hope it is the first of many such contracts!


‚ÄúThis¬†announcement also reinforces the importance of the decommissioning sector to Fife, which will bring a significant economic boost to the region‚Äôs¬†economy, with the creation of¬†between 30 and¬†50 jobs, with scope to increase this in the years to come.‚ÄĚ


Councillor Craik added:


‚ÄúWe have invested significantly in the Decommissioning Campus at Energy Park Fife to capture such contracts, as well as to target the Central North Sea structure dismantling projects. COVID-19 has delayed this slightly, but this significant contract, shows that decommissioning activity is starting to pick-up.‚ÄĚ

From Fife to Harrods – Feragaia makes its debut

Feragaia (/fe-ra-guy-a/), Scotland’s first alcohol-free spirit made from land and sea botanicals, has signed a meaningful supply contract with the world-renowned department store, Harrods.


The spirit, which launched just over a year ago and is based in Fife, is aimed at those opting for no or low alcohol brands. Bringing together 14 land and sea botanicals, Feragaia delivers a distinct and complex drink, making it the ideal accompaniment for a month of AF cocktails. Its launch on to Harrods’ shelves was made earlier this month (December), in time for Christmas, with initial sales reports positive.


Feragaia was introduced to a buyer from Harrods whilst exhibiting at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show in Glasgow in January. Its attendance in the new brands section of the event, was supported by Fife Council’s Economic Development Team as part of its Trade Development Programme.


Bill Garnock, Co-founder of Feragaia, said:


“Our inaugural year has not been without its challenges, but it is wonderful that a conversation I had in January at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show in Glasgow, has resulted in a supply contract with Harrods.


‚ÄúOur bottles are sitting prominently in a five-star display, rubbing shoulders with other leading drinks brands. The initial response has been extremely positive and Feragaia is selling well! I can‚Äôt quite believe that we launched a year ago, and have endured the worst pandemic of recent years, but we‚Äôve had this success. It‚Äôs what dreams are made of!‚ÄĚ


Bill added:

‚ÄúI was fortunate to receive support and assistance from Fife Council‚Äôs Trade Development Programme and Business Gateway Fife, which enabled me to attend and exhibit Feragaia at Scotland‚Äôs Speciality Food Show. Exhibitions and events like this are vital in seeking opportunities in new and existing markets, and ultimately, it was meeting a Harrods buyer there, that led to this significant opportunity.‚ÄĚ


Other contacts and networks were developed at Scotland’s Speciality Food Show and Feragaia can also be found on many farm shops’ shelves across Scotland.


This momentum is being further developed as the brand grows and widens its reach. In January, it will employ a business development executive, whilst focusing on upscaling production and operations, which in turn will allow for Feragaia to focus on bolstering its domestic market, as well as explore export opportunities in the Middle East and North America.


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


‚ÄúFeragaia is a fantastic¬†example of a start-up business, which has benefited enormously from our Trade Development Programme. Attending exhibitions, which allow for the showcase of products and services, opportunities to meet buyers face to face, and to develop brand awareness, creates the opportunity to expand domestically as well as internationally. The opportunities are endless!‚ÄĚ

Fife Business Award Winners 2020

Congratulations to the winners of the Fife Business Awards 2020!


The winners were announced at last Friday’s online awards ceremony organised and hosted by the Fife Chamber of Commerce.


The 2020 award winners are listed below.  Click for more information about the awards and the 2020 winners.


Best Marketing Campaign Award РSponsored by Semefab
  • The Buffalo Farm
Best Performing Business (with under 10 employees) –¬†Sponsored by Ingenico Group
  • Discounted Office Supplies
Best School Partnership –¬†Sponsored by ExxonMobil
  • Handpicked by CR Smith
Excellence in Creativity and Innovation РSponsored by MHA Henderson Loggie
  • Bluebox Aviation Systems Ltd
Excellence in People Development (over to 20 employees)¬†–¬†Sponsored by Leviton Network Solutions Europe
  • MP Fife Limited
Best Performing Business (over 50 employees)¬†–¬†Sponsored by EQ Accountants
  • Diageo
Best Performing Business (between 10 and 50 employees)¬†–¬†Sponsored by Thomson Cooper
  • The Buffalo Farm


Excellence in Community Engagement¬†–¬†Sponsored by Rennies Coaches
  • Boogie Bounce Buckhaven
Excellence in Customer Service РSponsored by Diageo
  • Lime Salon
Greenest Business¬†–¬†Sponsored by Kettle Produce
  • Diageo
Inspiration Award
  • Coull Brewery
Outstdanding Business Award
  • Exterity


Have your say – take part in the Scottish Government’s consultation on its recovery plan for the manufacturing sector

Making Scotland’s Future – recovery plan for manufacturing consultation

The Scottish Government is consulting on Making Scotland’s Future – a draft recovery plan for manufacturing which proposes a set of actions for delivery over the next 12 months which has been designed with industry, public sector, trade union and academia.


In line with the report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery, which recommended that bespoke sector recovery plans are put in place, Making Scotland’s Future: A Recovery Plan for Manufacturing РDraft for consultation proposes a series of actions for public agencies, industry and academia to take forward by the end of 2021. These proposals are designed to secure a strong, sustainable future for the manufacturing sector across four inter-dependent priority areas: Collaboration and networks; Supply chains and competitiveness; Adaptation and transformation; and Skills and workforce.


Common to each area of work is a commitment to putting sustainable manufacturing at the heart of the sector’s recovery. This is not just the right thing to do in the face of the climate emergency, but a win-win for the sector too: reducing companies’ emissions and costs; and ensuring Scottish manufacturing can compete in domestic and global markets as low carbon products become increasingly attractive to consumers and buyers.


The proposals will be the subject of rapid engagement with the sector’s stakeholders over the next two months, before being finalised in early 2021. The period of consultation on the proposed actions within the publication begins today (4 December 2020) and will close on 15 January 2021. Feedback can be provided through a questionnaire on Citizen Space.


Visit the Scottish Government website for more information.

Babcock invests in technically advanced shipbuilding facility

Aerospace and defence company Babcock has awarded a £13.5 million contract to Robertson Construction for the development of a new Assembly Hall at its Rosyth site.


The construction project will support around 100 jobs in Scotland and a further 100 throughout the UK.


The work is part of a £55 million investment programme currently underway at the Rosyth site, on top of a further £100 million that has been invested there over the last 10 years.


The new Assembly Hall will initially be used for delivering the Type 31 general purposed frigate programme and will provide a modern, future-ready facility designed for the assembly of two vessels side by side.  Free from weather disruption, the facility will also enable productivity gains due to improved access and digital connectivity.


Click to read the whole story.

Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund

A new fund was launched by the Scottish Government on Saturday (5 December) providing grants to Scottish food and drink wholesalers suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.


The Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund will award grants to food and drink wholesalers who sell food and drink supplies to the hospitality sector on trade or public contracts.


The support can be used for supporting the fixed costs of operating your business and specific additional costs, including losses of stock.


Click for further details on the scheme and eligibility and to download an application form.


Applications must be submitted by midnight on Sunday 13 December.


For information on all the guidance. support and tools available for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic visit