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 Cheryl King for inclusion on this page and our fortnightly Enewsletter.

Charity Golf Day

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Fife Chamber member Fife Society for the Blind are working with Kirkcaldy Raith Rotary to raise funds through a Charity Golf Day on Friday 27th May at Kirkcaldy Golf Club.

There are a number of ways to help them in their fundraising efforts:

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Budget 2016: Full BCC reaction

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Giving his full reaction to the Budget, Dr Adam Marshall, BCC Acting Director General, said:

“Business wanted a steady, workmanlike Budget, and that’s what we got.  The Chancellor listened to our calls to avoid higher business taxes and costs – and indeed moved to lower them in a number of areas. He has finally taken real action to lessen the crushing burden of business rates, and sharpened incentives for entrepreneurship and investment.

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BCC: Global Headwinds and Uncertainty Slow UK Growth in 2016

Thursday, 10 March 2016

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today (Friday) downgraded its UK GDP growth forecast, from 2.5% to 2.2% in 2016, and from 2.5% to 2.3% in 2017; for 2018, included for the first time in the forecast, GDP growth of 2.4% is predicted.

The downgrade is due to weaker than expected growth across most areas of the economy, reflecting a general global slowdown. Despite these issues, UK GDP is expected to expand at a moderate and relatively steady pace over the next three years.

Key points in the forecast: 

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FedEx Small Business Grant Contest Lands in the United Kingdom

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, is helping small businesses go global by launching the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest in the United Kingdom.  Giving small businesses the chance to win up to £20,000, FedEx is looking to help these companies expand and achieve their international ambitions.

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John Longworth: EU referendum a choice ‘between the devil and the deep blue sea’

Thursday, 3 March 2016

At his keynote speech at the British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference, John Longworth will say:

On business taxation:

“Let me be crystal clear: all multinational businesses with operations in Britain have an obligation to pay the full tax due on profits from their activities in this country.

“It is in their inherent self-interest to recognise – and quickly – that they only prosper with the consent of the societies in which they operate.

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Scotland’s Secret Bunker Reopens Again for Tourists

Friday, 26 February 2016

It’s no longer covert, but there’s still plenty of intelligence at Scotland’s Secret Bunker, which opens on Friday 26th February.

After a short winter break, the Cold War museum near St. Andrews will re-open its 3-tonne blast proof doors for the new tourist season.

Scotland’s best kept secret for decades and now a major tourist destination, the bunker is hidden beneath a farmhouse 100 feet underground and is the size of two football pitches. It was built to help safeguard Scotland during the Cold War, decommissioned in the late 1980s and opened to the public in 1994.

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Export Growth Slows in the Face of Global Headwinds

Friday, 26 February 2016

Export sales and orders across both manufacturing and services sectors fell significantly in the last quarter of 2015, according to the latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook.

The survey’s Trade Confidence Index, measuring the volume of trade documentation issued, fell by 2.5% on Q4 2014 to stand at 114.46 in Q4 2015 - a decline of 0.9% on Q3 2015.

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Sign Plus Ltd Achieves Investors In Young People Accreditation

Friday, 26 February 2016

Sign Plus Ltd have achieved the Investors in Young People Accreditation, the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people. This represents a true commitment to the training and development of young people and demonstrates Sign Plus Ltd as an employer of choice for young people.

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Free Education Services from HMRC

Friday, 26 February 2016

HMRC have launched a new guide about business expenses for the self-employed.

It's really important to know what expenses you can claim and in some cases, how these are worked out.

I bet it's one of the first questions you asked yourself, right?

So to help you we’ll be telling you:

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Fife College Awarded Fujitsu Funding To Create Innovative Technology Hub

Friday, 26 February 2016

Fife College is one of twenty colleges and universities in the UK to be selected to become a Fujitsu Ambassador and receive funding to create a technology hub to benefit students.

Fujitsu announced the list of new ambassadors at a special event held at the Bett 2016 Conference held in London recently.

Fife College was chosen to be an ambassador for its commitment and desire to support and shape future generations of students by inspiring them to take-up technology subjects.

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