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David Austin of The Bruery

Fife Business Bottles Success

The recently opened The Bruery in Dunfermline has created a new chapter in Fife’s brewing history and a new venture for David Austin, owner and manager of Reubens Café and Wine Store.

“I wanted to add a local beer to our wine store so contacted brewer, Douglas Ross, for help. It took just six weeks from that initial thought to the first bottle.

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Just Slate Donny Carstairs

Just Slate

When Fife entrepreneur Donny Carstairs took over specialist tablewear business The Just Slate Company four years ago he knew exactly where he wanted to take the Kirkcaldy based company.

With help from Business Gateway Donny has transformed the business (, securing a list of high profile clients, growing staff numbers to 20 and generating a 70% to 90% increase in annual turnover each year over the past few years.

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Coffee, tea or the latest inflight entertainment?

Fife company's new product puts movies and games in the hands of airline passengers.

DUNFERMLINE software specialist Avi-IT is flying high with its new inflight entertainment product. Based on tablet devices like the iPad, the software, which allows passengers to access a massive range of movies, television programmes and games, has been developed over the last three years.

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The Exactive Team

Business Gateway Helps Fife IT & Telecoms firm cast its Commercial Web

A Fife IT & Telecoms company has more than doubled its staff numbers in less than 18 months after securing a raft of new business that has helped increase its turnover by 69%.

Dunfermline-based Exactive, which has received advice from Business Gateway Fife, saw its annual turnover hit £1.4m in April after securing contracts with the likes of Scottish Government, Chivas Regal and Scottish Borders Council.

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The Furniture Plus Team

Business Gateway Helps Thriving Social Enterprise

Business is booming for a Fife social enterprise which helped divert over 800 tonnes of furniture and electrical goods from landfill last year.

Furniture Plus, a charity-based reuse and recycle organisation, also undertook 7,500 collections throughout Fife and saw sales remain steady at around £500,000.

Now the enterprise, which has been helped by Business Gateway Fife, plans to further develop its training programme and open an IT suite by this summer at its Dysart base, as well as transfer its Inverkeithing warehouse and shop to Dunfermline by the end of the year.

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A Fife company has designed an interactive educational resource that aims to help users of all ages better understands a driver’s reaction time and how different factors affect their concentration.

FifeX, a product design company that has been helped by Business Gateway Fife, designed The Road Safety Reaction Timer in collaboration with the Road Safety team at Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Schools Equipment Research Centre (SSERC) in Dunfermline.

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Bruce Hamilton of SalesMap


A Fife entrepreneur has launched a new online tool designed to help SMEs increase sales and boost their bottom line.

SalesMap, a web based sales process application with coaching and mentoring support, has been developed by Bruce Hamilton to help companies become more disciplined and successful at selling.

After securing funds through Business Gateway Fife, the sales coach and mentor who has held senior sales positions with the likes of Rank Xerox, Canon, Telewest and Microgen, launched the application in May.

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Wild Rover Food Catherine Kilgour

Wild Rover Q&A

Q. Your names, ages and where you live?

Catherine Kilgour, 30 and Robert Wright, 36. We live in the lovely little conservation village, Charlestown, near Dunfermline.

Q. What does your business do, what makes it unique and when did you launch?

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David Williamson of Connect Ecosystems


A unique kitchen equipment cleaner which began life with three deep fat fryers and an old oven rack has become a massive European success story for its Dunfermline-based owners.

Connect Ecosystems Ltd is on target to increase its turnover by 40 per cent this financial year after securing distribution deals with Spain, Portugal, Ireland and France – and Germany, Austria and Switzerland are next on the hit list.

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Exhibition Grant Funding Helps Haldane UK’s Grand Designs

Glenrothes based timber machining company, Haldane UK, was looking at attending an exhibition in which they could enter the lucrative self-build market with their staircase manufacturing service.

The company is most commonly known for manufacturing timber handrails so when they launched their full staircase manufacture and installation service, they knew they needed to do something on a larger scale to effectively reposition the company.

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