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Willow and Plum

The sky's the limit for Fife skincare venture

Cabin air tends to play havoc with the skin – particularly if, like Lesley Reid, you’re a long-haul flight attendant jetting all over the world.

Tired of her permanently dry complexion, Lesley began producing 100% natural skincare products in her spare time and friends were so impressed that she launched new venture, Willow and Plum (www.willowandplumsoapco.co.uk) with support from Business Gateway Fife.

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Megalith Music

BUSINESS GATEWAY HELPS FIFE COMPOSERS HIT THE RIGHT NOTES GLOBALLY

Two Fife composers are celebrating after securing deals to supply the Coalition for Equal Marriage and an American TV show with their music.

Craig Sutherland and Andrew McDonald of Megalith Music have seen their work go global after scoring music for the Coalition for Equal Marriage’s recent campaign ‘Home Coming’, which has had nearly 750,000 views on YouTube. Their music has also been used in Richard Branson’s own film made in support of the gay rights organisation.

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Continental Market Q&A

Q. What does your business do and who do you run the business with?

We organise Continental Markets as a way of attracting people back to the high street.  We have a group of traders from around the world who sell a variety of products from their home countries to give the local people here a taste of something different, something that may remind them of their holidays or even make them want to visit the country for themselves.  I run the business with my partner, Angela Scott and have had help along the way from Graeme Allan at Business Gateway Fife.

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Frazer Reid of Far Cabinet Makers

FIFE ENTREPRENEUR CARVES HIS WAY TO BUSINESS SUCCESS

• New workshops set to let surfing enthusiasts make their own wooden boards

Furniture maker Frazer Reid has launched unique one-to-one surfboard making workshops that will allow others to make their own boards out of wood.

The idea for the hands-on seminars arose after the 22-year-old, from Crail, received enquiries from surfers looking to combine their love of surfing with Frazer’s passion for wood work.

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Occasions Card Shop

SUCCESS ON THE CARDS FOR NEW CARD SHOP OWNER

Being made redundant provided the former manager of St Andrews’ Clinton Cards with an opportunity to launch her own business.

Fiona Woodcock was stunned when her bosses rang last September to say she and her staff had just two weeks to clear out their branch which had been deemed ‘safe’ from closure earlier in the year.

Armed with in-depth knowledge of the local greeting card market, gathered during her 10 months working for the international chain, the 28-year-old, from Crail, knew there was still demand for a card shop in the town and decided to set up her own.

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Lisa Proudfoot

FIFE BUSINESS GETS HELP TO HELP OTHERS

• Business Gateway Fife helps entrepreneur secure a ‘Be Your Own Boss’ grant to buy essential equipment

Practising what she preaches has helped Lisa Proudfoot set up her own business, offering one-to-one counselling and holistic therapy sessions, whilst still working for NHS Fife.

The 31-year-old, from East Wemyss, launched Levenmouth Counselling Service and Lisa's Holistic Therapies in Buckhaven last month after spending four years training as a counsellor and qualifying in Reiki and Indian head.

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The Wee Bakery  Barry Batchelor

Baker Rises to the Challenge of being his own Boss with help from Business Gateway

Taking voluntary redundancy provided Barry Batchelor with the finance he needed to fulfil one of his five life ambitions – to open his own bakery.

The 61-year-old, from Newburgh, decided to take severance from Telford College, Edinburgh, last September after spending 37 years teaching students patisserie and bakery.

As well as creating four part-time jobs, the former chef has ploughed £80,000 of his own money into renovating premises at 108 High Street, Newburgh.

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Jonathan Matheson-Dear and Jonathan Matheson-Dear

ODD COUPLE ON RIGHT ROUTE THANKS TO BUSINESS GATEWAY FIFE

A lawyer and a painter/decorator may form an unlikely partnership but their business, Route 66 Travel, is on the road to success since opening in March this year.

Jonathan Matheson-Dear is a family lawyer working with Ross & Connel in Dunfermline but after seeking advice from Business Gateway Fife he now also runs a bespoke minibus hire service along with business partner, George Cowan.

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FIFE BUSINESS TAKES LEAD ROLE IN PROMOTIONAL FILM

Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre Ltd is Scotland’s leading puppet company who tour extensively across the UK and overseas.

Their puppet animation performances are enjoyed by schools, theatres, festivals, and village halls with each show adapted to suit the different audience and venue.

Now, with help from Business Gateway Fife, Clydebuilt have produced a promotional film thanks to an £800 grant to help finance it. Clydebuilt-Theatre-Ltd---Pe

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Suzanne Hogan

BUSINESS GATEWAY FIFE HELPS STATIONERY BUSINESS TAKE OFF

Suzanne Hogan recently made the bold move to leave her job as store manager with New Look in Leven and set up her own business. She designs bespoke handcrafted stationery for weddings, and other special occasions, and will work to a client’s specific request or offer her own suggestions.

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