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.

Clear Your Head Campaign

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

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Larger Businesses To Benefit From Loans Of Up To £200 Million

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Businesses will be able to benefit from larger loans under the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS), the government announced today.

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Points-based immigration system moves a step closer

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2020 is due to come into effect in January 2021.  It repeals EU freedom of movement and introduces a new points-based framework for who can come to live in the UK.

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The AirCare ventilator: A tribute to our BAE Systems employees

Monday, 18 May 2020

In mid-March, the UK Government announced its national ventilator challenge to industry indicating a need for up to 30,000 additional ventilators

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Record number of students benefit from Russell Trust Scholarship

Friday, 15 May 2020

A record number of Fife College students have welcomed a much-needed cash boost thanks to a prestigious scholarship awarded to them for their hard work and commitment.

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Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund re-opens

Thursday, 14 May 2020

A large volume of new applications for this fund is expected and full capacity will be reached quickly. It is anticipated that it will close at 5pm on Monday 18 May.

This grant is for businesses that can play a critical role in supporting Scotland’s recovery but need some immediate support. It might be to get back up and running or to maintain or diversify your current operations.

If you have the potential to continue trading and supporting employment but have an immediate cash flow challenge, then this grant is for you.

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Trade Credit Insurance guarantee from UK Government

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Trade Credit Insurance provides cover to hundreds of thousands of business to business transactions, particularly in non-service sectors, such as manufacturing and construction. It insures suppliers selling goods against the company they are selling to defaulting on payment, giving businesses the confidence to trade with one another. But due to Coronavirus and businesses struggling to pay bills, they risk having credit insurance withdrawn, or premiums increasing to unaffordable levels.

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Connecting businesses to new customers during COVID-19 – a local initiative

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

LocalToYourDoor.co.uk, a new website to help local businesses find new customers during lockdown, has been launched by Cupar-based Horisk Leslie Development.

Like many businesses Horisk wanted to help the local community during the Covid-19 crisis. Relatives and friends were having problems finding local businesses who can offer delivery and collection, and many businesses are struggling to let people know that they are open and the best way to contact them.

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BCC’s blueprint for restarting the economy

Monday, 4 May 2020

British Chambers of Commerce President, Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith,

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College manufactures safety visors to help local health and social care workers

Monday, 4 May 2020

Fife College has modified engineering labs at its Glenrothes Campus to manufacture an initial 1,000 safety visors to support the ongoing fight against COVID-19.

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