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.

Tycom becomes trusted partner of The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SRBC

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Tycom Limited has recently become a Trusted Partner for the Scottish Resilience Business Centre (SRBC). This means Tycom are licensed to undertake Cyber Essentials assessments and offer services to help organisations achieve the certification.

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University of St Andrews leads the UK’s largest survey of ethnic and religious minority people during Covid-19

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

The UK’s first and largest survey on the impact of Covid-19 on the lives of ethnic and religious minority people, led by the University of St Andrews and the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE), has launched.

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More emergency Covid funding but no lockdown exit plan yet

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

The Scottish Government has confirmed how it will use some of the extra money it has received from the UK Government to support businesses while they remain closed but has given no indicative timetable when those businesses might be able to re-open or even the criteria or conditions that will trigger a resumption of trading.  The First Minister has told the Scottish Parliament she hopes to release a revised strategic framework next week, when the Prime Minister is also due to publish a route map out of lockdown for England.  She also confirmed that the phased return of pupils to

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Nominate Fife’s Covid business heroes

Monday, 15 February 2021

This Fife Partnership COVID-19 Civic Recognition scheme seeks to recognise and thank those people, charities, public sector workers and businesses that are helping people and communities during the pandemic.  All people and businesses nominated will receive a certificate, and the really exceptional stories will receive additional recognition from the Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Fife, and the media.

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Regional chambers of commerce make joint call for map and timetable out of restrictions

Monday, 15 February 2021

Edinburgh, West Lothian, Midlothian and East Lothian, Scottish Borders and Fife chambers of commerce have called for more clarity on the timeline for ending restrictions ahead of the First Minister’s announcement next week of the outcome of the Scottish Government’s latest review of lockdown restrictions,

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Government announces £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Today (Thursday 11 February), the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove has announced a £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund to support small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) adjust to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU.

SMEs who trade only with the EU and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes will be encouraged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 for each trader to pay for practical support including training and professional advice to ensure they can continue trading effectively with the EU.

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Fife businesses cut energy bills by £9m with government-funded support

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Businesses in Fife are on course to save more than £9m on their energy bills with the support of a Scottish Government-funded programme.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been taking advantage of a free service run by Zero Waste Scotland to discover ways they can cut their energy use and reduce carbon emissions.

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Accelerated HNC courses to set students on new career path in just six months

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Fife College has introduced two accelerated Higher National Certificate (HNC) courses as part of a range of initiatives to support those hit by the economic downturn caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The new courses in Computing Networking and Applied Sciences are available as intensive programmes which can be completed in just six months, around half the time it would usually take to complete an HNC.

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Carers Scotland recognises eCom Scotland as an Established Caring Employer

Monday, 8 February 2021

The digital learning and assessment specialist eCom Scotland has been awarded ‘Established Employer’ status within Carer Positive - a Scottish Government funded initiative, developed with the support of partners in Scotland’s private, public and voluntary sectors. In recognising eCom as a Carer Positive Established Employer, Carers Scotland, which operates the scheme on behalf of the Scottish Government, praised eCom’s ‘genuine commitment’ along with its ‘supportive working environment’.

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Launch of Round 2 of University of St Andrews Community Fund

Friday, 5 February 2021

The University of St Andrews has today launched Round 2 of the Community Fund to support groups and activities in St Andrews and the surrounding area.

The inaugural round of the fund, launched in April 2020, saw a wide range of local causes benefiting from a financial boost.

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