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How Business Gateway Helped Andrew Build His Fabby Business

When Andrew Traub was looking to start his furniture upcycling business in 2013, the former Celtic and Clyde footballer looked to Business Gateway Fife to help get The Fabby Furniture Company moving.

“It was always an ambition of mine  to start and run my own business, and I am so glad that I did,” said Andrew.

“Starting and growing any venture presents many challenges but the support from Business Gateway Fife has been fantastic.

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SCOONIE KILTS HAS SUCCESS ALL SEWN UP

A love of sewing and a chance conversation about kilt making spurred Alison Christie to learn how to make a traditional kilt and ultimately set up her own business.

With support from Business Gateway Fife, the 50-year-old, from Leven, launched Scoonie Kilts in 2015, specialising in bespoke handstitched traditional tailored kilts and Highland dancewear, in addition to purses, scarves, shawls and bags.

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BUSINESS CARVES FUTURE IN GLENROTHES

A chance conversation helped Catherine Fotheringham seal her first wholesale deal to supply whisky glass holders to House of Malt, a leading online whisky specialist.

Made from the lids of reclaimed oak whisky barrels, the holders are just one of the many new products created by Catherine and her team at The Upcycled Timber Co.

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Horse Rider Spurred On To Start Online Business

FINDING jodhpurs that fitted proved difficult for horse rider Sam Ollis – so she launched her own business selling fitness wear in larger sizes.

Sam, 46, used redundancy money to set up online firm Curvy Kit and now hopes to encourage other larger people to get active.

She had been working as a radio controller in a police control room but took a deal to leave and focused on growing her business while working as a groom at stables where she keeps her horse Murphy.

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FUNDING SET TO HELP FIFE BUSINESS GAIN A FOOTHOLD THROUGHOUT THE UK

A Fife-based business, which smashed its first-year turnover target by 50% and created 11 new jobs in the past 12 months, has secured a £40k grant from the Scottish Government.

The Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) money, which was obtained with assistance from Business Gateway Fife, has helped Avtek (Scotland) Ltd pay for new machinery worth £135k.

The equipment, which was installed in its Dalgety Bay headquarters last month (October), has allowed Avtek to immediately fulfil £1 million worth of orders from clients throughout the UK.

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Success by Design for Local Woman

Starting up a business can be extremely daunting but for local woman, Vicki Nicolson, this has been a lot easier with the help of Business Gateway Fife.

Vicki, who set up her business in June of this year, has recently been granted funding from Business Gateway Fife through their Create in Fife Fund to enable her to purchase specialist graphic design software. This has enabled her to serve local and global customers from her home- office in Cupar, Fife.

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Success is Sew Up for Cupar Textiles Business

A fledgling Fife textiles business is already supplying its products to over 30 retailers in some of Scotland’s most popular tourism destinations, including Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. 
Clare O’Neill, of Clare O’Neill Textiles, produces bags, accessories, home wares and children’s clothes, using iconic Harris Tweed fabric.

Business Gateway Fife has been on hand to support Clare as she grows her venture, which is based in a picturesque studio on a local farm, she said:

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Fife Business Makes a Healthy Start

With a host of professional qualifications and 11 years’ experience working as a physio in the NHS, Vicky Oshagbemi knew the time was right to start her own business.

Launched in January, with support from Business Gateway Fife, Dunfermline based Connected Physio (www.connectedphysio.com) has made a great start with string of clients looking to Vicky for everything from deep tissue massage, spinal mobilisation, acupuncture and myfoscial release to muscle energy techniques and post-operative rehabilitation.

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Vollood Hairdressing Salon Craig Hutchison

Dunfermline salon aims to be a cut above the rest

Following 10 years working in salons both at home and abroad, hairdresser, Craig Hutchison, knew that the time was right to open his own business.

Launched in late 2014, with support from Business Gateway Fife, Dunfermline based, Vollood Hairdressing (www.facebook.com/pages/Vollood-Hairdressing) offers customers a range of styling services and exclusive Aveda products, from tailor made premises in Bridge Street.

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