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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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Haldane UK Logo

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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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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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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Adventure Golf Island

Business Gateway Fife Helps to Drive Growth in Adventure Golf Island

Business Gateway Fife has enabled one of Fife’s most unique leisure experiences to add a new dimension to its business thanks to £5000 grant funding from the Fife Investment Fund.

Adventure Golf Island, based at the Fife Leisure Park in Dunfermline, has transformed one of its 18 hole Florida style adventure golf courses with a giant inflatable dome to ensure its customers can enjoy the fantastic facilities, whatever the weather.

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Allan Corfield Architects

DUNFERMLINE SELF-BUILD SPECIALIST SMASHING GROWTH TARGETS

A Fife architecture firm, which specialises in one-off house builds, has grand designs on smashing the million pound mark after consistently doubling its turnover year after year.
Dunfermline-based Allan Corfield Architects (ACA) has grown from a solo enterprise, to a team of six over the last two years, quadrupled its turnover since 2011, and looks set to exceed £1 million by 2016 if it continues at the same break-neck speed.

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Eclipse

Business Gateway helps Eclipse build a secure future

With plans well advanced to build a dedicated service and monitoring centre in West Fife, there is no doubt Dunfermline based business, Eclipse (IP) Ltd (www.eclipse-ip.co.uk), has its sights firmly set on future growth.

Established in 2007 by security specialists Neil Alexander and Stephen Ripley, with support from Business Gateway Fife, the advanced security systems solutions company has built an enviable client base at home and overseas and grown staff numbers to 27 over the past few years.

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Andrew Gillan Handrails Direct

Business Gateway Fife helps Glenrothes Business take a step up

When Andrew Gillan was looking to take his business to the next level, the Glenrothes businessman approached Business Gateway Fife for some specialist support to help him develop the company. Launched in 2006, Handrails Direct (www.handrails-direct.co.uk)has shown impressive growth with the company doubling turnover last year and now finalising a move to larger premises, complete with a state-of-the-art showroom, on Newark Road South in Glenrothes.

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