Businesses across Fife are being urged to have their say on a new Economic Strategy designed to secure fair and inclusive economic growth for the region before the consultation closes this Friday (20 January).

Fife’s Economic Strategy 2017-27 sets out the way Fife Council, the Fife Economy Partnership and Opportunities Fife Partnership will work together over the next 10 years to achieve stronger, sustainable and more resilient growth which is shared by all.

The Strategy proposes four priority areas where actions will be targeted:

  • Achieving fairer, more inclusive growth

  • Increasing investment in Fife’s business infrastructure

  • Improving business growth through increased sales and exports

  • Fostering a culture of innovation and enterprise.

Business managers and owners from all sectors can comment on the new strategy online until Friday. Their views will enable the Council and the two Partnerships ensure that the new strategy has identified and will tackle the most pressing issues and challenges that Fife companies currently face.

Councillor Lesley Laird, Depute Leader of Fife Council and Spokesperson for Economy and Planning said: “We want to encourage businesses in Fife – both large and small – to check out the proposed new Economic Strategy. It’s important for us to know what they think about our ambitious plans for a prosperous Fife.

“Recent years have seen Fife’s labour market strengthen and an increase in the number and turnover of businesses in the region. Moving forward we know there will be challenges and that’s why we want to identify them and put into place approaches that will support our economy and labour market. It is also about increasing the competitiveness and resilience of Fife’s businesses, reducing inequality and boosting economic activities that will help make Fife the best place to do business.

“We’ve already taken on board the issues businesses raised when we consulted with them last year, and this is the final opportunity for Fifer’s to have their say.”

Stephen Doran, Chair of the Fife Economy Partnership, added: “We also want the business community to get more involved in helping deliver this new Economic Strategy. We’d be delighted to hear from any business interested in becoming involved in one of the Partnership’s new delivery groups.”

To have your say, complete the online survey by Friday 20 January.

For more information or to find out how to get involved with delivering Fife’s Economic Strategy, email

Article posted 16 January 2017

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