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Dockyard Digs

Accommodating Future Markets

Dockyard Digs and Fife Pods are celebrating another successful year in providing a ‘home from home’ for contractors in Rosyth. The sister businesses have been successful accommodation providers for contractors working on the Queensferry Crossing and the Queen Elizabeth II from the port of Rosyth for many years.

Looking to the future, Dockyard Digs and Fife Pods are working with Business Gateway Fife, which is providing support by signposting the business to other networks and agencies.

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Meadowsweet Herbal Apothecary

Holistic Approach to New Business

Training to become a herbalist led Rosy Rapacova to set up her own herbal medicine clinic. Now the 28-year-old, who also runs Meadowsweet Organic farm with her husband, has launched Meadowsweet Herbal Apothecary after completing four years of study.

As a Herbalist, Rosy offers herbal remedy workshops and talks as well as consultations to individuals, which is the main aspect of the business.

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The Secret Ingredients for Sri Lankan Style Curry Kits Business

Inspired by the aromatic dishes she ate while living abroad, Thea Samuel returned to the UK and launched her own business, Sri Spice Ltd, in 2015. Based in North Queensferry, the business sells Sri Lankan style curry kits and side dishes that are made to the 42-year-old’s own recipes.
How and why did you start in business?
Whilst living and working in Sri Lanka in 2007, I stayed on my own as well as with a lovely local Sri Lankan family. Amma (mum) cooked the most amazing curries on an open fire with clay pots.

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Andy Glachan of Phase 3 Connectors Ltd seeks support from Business Gateway Fife

Fife Business Plugs into Middle East and Major Sporting Events In 2018

Phase 3 Connectors Ltd, which has been helped by Business Gateway Fife, estimates the new contract will be worth around £1m and will provide the company with a potential route into Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabian markets.

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Robert and Jane Prentice of Stagison, Quality Scottish Venison

Business Leaps Forward Following Major Investment

Just 12 months after completing a £360k investment programme, Downfield Farm has launched its own product range, secured orders from Italy, and is now set to process goat for the first time. 
Operated by Robert and Jane Prentice, who have been helped by Business Gateway Fife, the Cupar-based farm and abattoir has processed over 143 tonnes of venison since opening its new butchery and game handling facilities in autumn last year. 
The expansion of Scotland’s first venison abattoir not only created three full-time jobs, it allowed the husband and

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Shirley Patterson nextGenergy

Generating Savings

Shirley Paterson’s interest in energy efficiency began some 40 years ago on a visit to The Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales whilst on a family holiday. Today, she’s the proud owner of her own business – nextGenergy – which helps customers cut their energy bills by offering advice and recommendations to implement energy-saving improvements.

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Insect Protein Gives Law Graduate the Business Bug

Dog treats made out of insects will be hopping into the pockets of pet lovers after the launch of Bug Bakes. 
The healthy snacks made out of ground crickets, oat flour, root vegetables and other all-natural organic ingredients come in handy bags that contain 50 biscuits and can be bought directly from
Creator, Ross Lamond, from Wormit, Fife, believes the biscuits are the first dog treat to contain insect protein in the UK, and claims the hypo-allergenic baked biscuits provide dogs with

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Nicole Fraser of Yoga Rebellion


When Nicole Fraser (38), from Cairneyhill, was made redundant she took stock of her life and made the decision to not only go to university, but set up her own business - The Yoga Rebellion – offering classes throughout the west of Fife.

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Mark Cameron, Plant Manager of Coorstek


A Glenrothes-based business has signed a multi-year contract that will see its products help fight the global battle against cancer. 

CoorsTek, which has accessed support from Business Gateway Fife, will supply Teledyne e2v with a range of engineered ceramics used in Teledyne e2v medical products that are integral in radiotherapy machines throughout the world. 

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 Affinity Aquarium Solutions

Marine Biologist's New Business On a Crest of a Wave

A marine biologist has merged his love of fish and aquariums with his degree to launch Affinity Aquarium Solutions. 

Christopher Kent, from Kennoway, near Leven, set up the business in March, offering a wide range of services from aquarium set up and maintenance to water testing and fish dissection. 

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