Latest News

Please find below a range of stories from across the membership and the network. If you would like to submit a member story please send it to Lynn Wardlaw for inclusion on this page and our fortnightly Enewsletter.

Fife Gingerbread Heat & Eat Campaign Update and Future Challenge

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Fife Gingerbread Heat & Eat Campaign

Fife Gingerbread were overwhelmed with the response from Fifers to our annual appeal from communities, individuals and businesses all over Fife- a massive Gingey hug to you all!!

Smashing our target to raise £33,143 is incredible, and even more so considering the uncertainty that we faced at the end of the year.

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Fife company wins 12th contract for Morrison - a £1.8M education fitout project near Edinburgh

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Holy Family Primary School - JM Architects

Morrison Construction has awarded a £1.8m furniture and fitout contract to Dunfermline-based Deanestor for a new £60m multi-school campus in West Lothian. The project is Deanestor’s 12th contract for Morrison.

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Horisk-developed platform helped maintain rigour of Crown Estate Scotland wind farm bid process and make progress towards Scotland’s net zero targets

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Brian Horisk with cycle

Fife web consultancy Horisk Leslie Development has helped Crown Estate Scotland (CES) take a big step towards achieving Scotland’s net zero targets by developing the ScotWind Evaluation Platform website used to score bids to lease areas of Scotland’s seabed for offshore wind farms.

In December 2020 the Cupar firm and Chamber member won the tender process to develop the platform to allow CES to score and analyse the bids because of its record for delivering secure business critical tools for public sector organisations

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Boost for economic recovery as most Omicron restrictions withdrawn

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Covid test

The Scottish Government has confirmed that all but one of the measures put in place immediately after Christmas to stem the spread of Omicron will cease from 24th January.  The exception is the guidance to work from home, but it has said that may change from 1st February.   In a further boost, it has confirmed it will not be extending the vaccine passport scheme to more settings or events.

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Latest Scottish Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Results

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

SCC Quarterly Survey

Economic recovery at risk as Covid concerns curtail business growth  

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Indicator, in association with the Fraser of Allender Institute, for the final quarter of 2021 have been published.

You can download the full survey at the end of this article.

The survey results reflect the business outlook prior to the emergence of the Omicron variant, which has led to fresh restrictions on the retail, hospitality, leisure and culture sectors.

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DigitalBoost Development Grant Update

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Digital Boost

We have been informed by Scottish Government officials that the DigitalBoost Development Grant will be reopening for applications this Monday 17th January at 11.00am.

 

*** UPDATE ***

Response has been exceptional and registration for the grant has now closed. 

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Business and Enterprise students design face masks for staff at Kirkcaldy Foodbank

Friday, 14 January 2022

Facemasks for Kirkcaldy Foodbank

Face masks, designed and sourced by Fife College Business and Enterprise students, have been helping keep front-line staff at Kirkcaldy Foodbank protected this winter.

Students from the College’s Intermediate Certificate Business Enterprise and Administration course, and Intermediate Certificate Business Enterprise and Accounting course, were tasked with a product design project as part of a unit during their course.

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eCom Scotland helps future-proof organisations’ learning strategies

Thursday, 13 January 2022

Wendy Edie of eCom Scotland

The internationally-known provider of online training and assessment, eCom Scotland, is helping organisations future-proof their learning and assessment strategies. It has been encouraged to take this step by the growing focus on combatting climate change and the workplace becoming carbon neutral – fostered by the COP26 climate change conference held in Glasgow towards the end of last year.

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Payroll Bureau Secures National Accreditation

Thursday, 13 January 2022

Thomson Cooper Partner Elaine Cromwell

Thomson Cooper Accountants are pleased to announce their recent accreditation to the prestigious Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) Payroll Assurance Scheme (PAS). As the only voluntary accreditation on the market to be developed in partnership with HMRC, the scheme is designed to identify risks to a business arising from skills gaps or inadequate processes and is a significant accolade for payroll teams once accreditation has been achieved.

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Announcement that Omicron restrictions will be lifted offers only limited comfort for hard pressed businesses

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Fife Chamber logo

The First Minister has confirmed that the additional restrictions imposed to stop the spread of Omicron will start to be withdrawn from 17th January, when the current 500 spectator capacity for outdoor events will be scrapped.  The First Minister said that she hopes to be able to announce the withdrawal of the remaining Omicron restrictions from 24th January, when she delivers her update next week.

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