THIS year’s Fife Business Week took place in November and was packed full of events aimed at inspiring and supporting Fife’s business community.
A host of opportunities were created during the comprehensive range of events as businesses engaged with public and private sector support agencies, business experts and entrepreneurs.
Fife Council’s Meet the Buyer event was the biggest yet with around 200 attendees and over 30 exhibitors. This major event at Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline connected businesses with buyers and decision makers to discuss how to access business with public sector agencies and prime private sector contractors, with upcoming opportunities highlighted across a broad range of sectors.
Along at the Bridgehead, two key events took place at the Queensferry Hotel, North Queensferry. Invest in Fife held its annual property event which showcased Fife’s projects and explored opportunities with over 50 attendees from the property and development industry. Scottish Enterprise also hosted Innovation in Offshore Wind to demonstrate how Scottish supply chain companies are providing innovative solutions to some the offshore wind industry’s biggest challenges. One attendee commented: “This event was very useful because I found out where to research and obtain information on the wide range of opportunities and the growth of the industry over the coming decade.”
Fife Business Week also incorporated the launch of Fife Finance Week this year, where a number of school-based events took place. This was the catalyst for the development of a long term progressive finance programme which will be embedded into the school curriculum.
Pamela Stevenson, Lead Officer for Economic Development and Enterprise at Fife Council, said: “Fife Business Week was a great showcase to promote local business and their success. It offered the opportunity for companies to come together, hear from industry experts, whilst making new contacts and exchanging ideas.”
Stephen Doran, Chair of the Fife Economy Partnership, said: “This week of events showed that Fife is very much open for business and there is so much support available to help businesses to invest, grow and thrive. Recognising this, business leaders and entrepreneurs took part in a range of events aimed at inspiring and supporting new and established businesses in a productive and proactive platform. It was a great success with plenty of new relationships made, opportunities created and best practices shared.”