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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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A butcher has become the 100th enterprise to benefit from a funding campaign that has invested over £200k to help revitalise and support businesses based on Fife’s High Streets.

Leuchars Quality Meats, which has a shop in Leuchars and another in Newport, has received £4.5k from the Town Centre Business Support Fund administered by Business Gateway Fife on behalf of Fife Council’s Town Centre Development Unit.

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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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Sonis Europe Alarming the Future

SONIS Europe Ltd designs and manufactures affordable state of the art intruder alarms. Based in Buchan House at Carnegie Campus, Dunfermline for last five years, the family business is led by Bill Marr, Co-founder and MD, who has spent many years in the electronics industry and has devoted many of those years to developing the Sonis sound signature technology.  In fact, he spent many hours measuring and recording changes to air pressure and movement in his own caravan to develop an appropriate library of sound signatures for the first Sonis alarm system.

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Fife-based AJS Production Ltd has increased its turnover significantly after seeing its order book overflow.

The structural fabrication company, set up by Raymond Imrie and Andrew Skocz in June 2013, has been making waves in the renewable energy sector after it secured a major contract with a large renewable energy developers last December.

After successfully fabricating subsea structures for three of the company’s tidal energy converter units, the company then awarded AJS the contract to supply three nacelles, intricate and crucial elements of the complete turbines.

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Business Gateway Fife offers professional resources and support no matter what stage a business is at. For PodoFit, a well established business, its approach to Business Gateway Fife has proven beneficial, with advice and assistance to support the opening of its new premises in Market Street, St Andrews.

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East Of Scotland Investment Fund Loan gives GX Consultancy a Platform for Growth

DYNAMIC business, GX Consultancy, is realising its ambitions in providing the best strategic software solutions to a range of industrial sectors, thanks to Fife Council financial support.

Based at John Smith Business Park in Kirkcaldy, the consultancy was founded by Gregor Kent and Xander Erkamp, two inspirational and enthusiastic entrepreneurs, who are passionate about delivering a high quality service to customers and making a real difference.

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John Gilfillan Funeral Directors

Starting up in business can be daunting and knowing who to ask for business support and advice can be a minefield.  But for new business start-ups with high growth potential, Business Gateway Fife can help them realise their dreams.

John Gilfillan has worked in the funeral trade for the past 20 years and it was in May 2015 that he took the plunge to open his own business, John Gilfillan Funeral Directors. After investing his own money to convert 27 Bank Street, Lochgelly into a modern, tranquil funeral home he turned to Business Gateway Fife for support and advice.

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