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.

Kingsbarns Distillery Launches Founders' Club

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

In celebration of the first anniversary of its opening, Kingsbarns Distillery is delighted to launch the Kingsbarns Distillery Founders' Club.  Members of the new Founders' Club will be the very first to own a bottle of Kingsbarns Single Malt. 

The Kingsbarns Distillery in Fife officially opened on 30th November 2014, St Andrew's Day, with the first spirit running through the stills in January 2015. The launch of the Kingsbarns Distillery Founders’ Club is an exciting chance for whisky enthusiasts to enjoy being a part of the journey for this new distillery.

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Resource Efficient Scotland Small Medium Enterprise (SME) loans scheme

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Scottish Government’s Resource Efficient Scotland SME Loans Scheme provides businesses with a great opportunity to access support to help them cut costs and increase their competitiveness.  The Scheme can help to fund the installation of a range of carbon reducing measures, such as more resource efficient lighting, glazing, and renewable technologies.   

You are able to apply for the loan scheme if you are a Scottish business which falls within the European Commission’s definition of a Small and Medium sized Enterprise (SME).

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BCC gives full reaction to Chancellor’s Spending Review

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

In a full response to the Autumn Statement and Spending Review, John Longworth, BCC Director General, said:

On the apprenticeship levy:

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Kirkcaldy company crowned High Growth Business of the Year 2015

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

A Fife entrepreneur has scooped a top business award for the growth of his Kirkcaldy-based content marketing company.

Chris Marr, who hails from Leven, landed the High Growth Business of the Year 2015 accolade at the WeDO Scotland Awards in Edinburgh after doubling the turnover of his business, the Content Marketing Academy (CMA), in the last 12 months.

Chris, who launched the CMA in 2013, also doubled his team and moved into new office premises at Fife Group’s Mitchelston Industrial Estate complex earlier this year.

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CT Awareness Week 2015 - Industry Preparedness

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Wednesday sees the focus of CT Awareness Week 2015 shift to businesses and industry, and what they can do to make themselves more resistant to the online threat.

Recent attacks, which you may have seen in the media, illustrate how there is still work to be done in the battle to protect businesses and industry from online attacks.

Developments in technology such as new mobile devices, cloud computing and new software applications mean that the threat from online crime is ever evolving. Businesses and industry must take steps to protect themselves and stay safe online.

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VisitScotland awards new rating to Kirkcaldy Venue

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Fife Cultural Trust recently celebrated as VisitScotland raised the rating of their flagship arts and theatre venue Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy.

Previously a three star venue, signifying a very good standard of facility, a recent visit from a VisitScotland Quality Assurance Advisor led to the awarding of a new star! The four star rating, which very few venues in the country have achieved, signifies “an excellent standard” of cleanliness, safety, security, comfort, sustainability and customer care.

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Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

As you may be aware, the former ABC Cinema and adjacent former YWCA buildings on the east end of Kirkcaldy’s High Street has been sitting unused since 2000 and is now in an unfortunate state of disrepair. This magnificent and much loved building, which had been an integral part of Kirkcaldy’s cultural scene is now under threat of vanishing from our High Street entirely. However, the former ABC cinema building not only has a rich but little known heritage, but also holds immense potential for what this beautiful building could become, not only for itself but for Kirkcaldy and Fife.

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St Andrews Barista Hailed Top Shot

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

A St Andrews coffee maestro, who started his career as a Saturday dishwasher, has been voted the best Barista in Scotland!

Mark Edwards (21), from Broughty Ferry, was presented with the award at the prestigious Scottish Italian Awards 2015 recently in honour of his ‘daily grind’ with Jannettas Gelateria in St Andrews.

Jannettas, who have premises in both St Andrews and Perth, were also a Finalist in the ‘Scotland’s Best Gelateria’ category.

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Are you prepared for the Waste Scotland Regulation changes from 1st Jan 2016?

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

All Scottish organisations should already be separating key recyclates as the Waste (Scotland) Regulations came into effect on 1 January 2014.

Two years from the initial regulations being introduced, two changes take place on 1 January 2016. Organisations should be aware that;

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Fit-for-purpose warehousing key for Scottish businesses planning to expand internationally in 2016

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Efficient warehousing is essential for successful exporting and will be key for Scottish businesses planning to expand internationally in 2016, according to a Fife firm, which has helped to facilitate international trade for a number of companies in the Kingdom thanks to its storage solutions.

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