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.

SDS and SCC join forces on labour market and skills webinar as UK’s new points-based immigration system opens

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Scottish Chambers of Commerce and Skills Development Scotland are working in partnership to deliver a webinar on 15th December that will shine a spotlight on labour market trends across Fife and Scotland, highlight key challenges and profile the new and existing support being provided by SDS to support training and workforce development in Scottish businesses.

Click here for more information and booking instructions for the webinar

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Thomson Cooper on the highs and furloughs of 2020!

Monday, 7 December 2020

The team at Thomson Cooper have been exceptionally busy this year. As sponsors of the Fife Chamber e-newsletter they have provided weekly updates and advice to help the local business community navigate their way through the pandemic. As key workers, their payroll team worked tirelessly to support employers and employees through grants and furlough…. a word that will be forever etched in our minds!

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Legal firm doubles its support for Hand Picked jobs programme

Monday, 7 December 2020

Dunfermline and Kinross based legal firm, Morgans Solicitors, is actively helping young people kick start their working lives, by partnering with Hand Picked from CR Smith for a second consecutive year.

Offering two young people a three-month paid work placement under the Hand Picked jobs programme, Morgans is helping the teenagers learn about the world of work, add to their CVs and grow in confidence from the experience.

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Exercise prescriptions needed to get patients active

Monday, 7 December 2020

A nation-wide health initiative, that will be rolled out widely in GP practices next year, will only work if formal referrals and prescriptions are used, according to a new study led by the University of St Andrews.

Social prescribing is a health care initiative which aims to help patients experiencing a wide range of physical health, mental health and wellbeing issues, including obesity and loneliness, to improve their health and wellbeing by connecting them with relevant opportunities in their local communities.

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Project management team appointed for new Fife College campus

Friday, 4 December 2020

Fife College has appointed the project management team that will deliver their new Dunfermline campus.

Following a rigorous procurement process, construction and property consultancy firm Gardiner & Theobald was chosen to form the multi-disciplinary project management and design team.

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Stagecoach East Scotland issues new festive timetables

Friday, 4 December 2020

Stagecoach East Scotland bus and coach services will continue running over the festive season to help people who need to travel for essential reasons. 

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Copper Christmas cheer comes early

Thursday, 3 December 2020

2020 has brought some considerable challenges for us all, so at McDonald Water Storage we thought a bit of copper Christmas cheer should come a little earlier.

Tradition has been that each year we ask our coppersmiths to diversify from their day to day cylinder manufacture to construct a Christmas tree for the reception at our head office in Glenrothes. They did this using copper integron tube for the main tree and a formed cylinder top for the base.

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Barclays issues scams warning to businesses in Scotland ahead of the end of the Brexit transition

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

New data from Barclays released today reveals that there has been a 20 per cent* surge in business scams in the past five months, with thousands of SMEs across the UK falling victim to highly sophisticated and targeted scam tactics.

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Scottish Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund plans

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

The Scottish Government has confirmed its framework for allocating Scotland’s share of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which will replace European Structural Funds when Brexit Transition finishes at the end of the year.  

The Scottish Shared Prosperity Fund as it will be known will have some key policy aims and objectives: addressing and reducing economic and social disparities; decentralising funding and local decision making; enhancing wellbeing; responding to climate change; a just and green recovery from the Covid pandemic.

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Keeping data you receive from the EU lawful

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

The EU is conducting a “data adequacy assessment” of the UK ahead of the end of the Brexit Transition period.  UK businesses that transfer personal data from the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA) will need to have an alternative transfer mechanism in place to ensure this data can still flow lawfully if there is not a positive decision from the EU.   

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