Appendix 1 City of Dunfermline Area Committee Annual Economic Development Activity

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Appendix 1







City of Dunfermline Area Committee

Annual Economic Development Activity


Performance Report 2008
-
09
























Fiona Glen

Assistant Economic Adviser











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City of Dunfermline Area

Annual
E
conomic

D
evelopment
Activity


P
erformance

R
eport

2008
-
09




1.

Introduction


2.

More

Dynamic Businesses


3.

Extend
ed

Employment and S
kills Opportunities


4.

A

Modern Business Infrastructure


5.

Improv
ed

Knowledge and Research Base


6.

Business and E
mployment
Growth
in Key Sectors


7.

Stronger
Communities through Regeneration


8.

Looking to the Future






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1.0

INTRODUCTION

1.1

Fife Council

1.1.1

Fife Council’s vision is to make Fife

a

great place to live, work and visit.

The
Council is focussed on creating a better future for our communities and
efficient
ly delivering services to our citizens and customers.

In order to
achieve this

ambition the Council has identified

8 strategic
priorities
,

referred
to as
the BIG 8
:




Improved educational attainment and achievement for all



Fife the leading green Council

in Scotland



Improved local conditions for economic development



Increased access to housing



Improved community safety



Targeted support to vulnerable people



Improved sport, leisure and cultural opportunities



Fife a top performing council


1.2

Devel
opment Services

1.2.1

Development Services is focused on helping the Council achieve all of
its


eight priorities and
leads the Fife Council a
genda for economic d
evelopment


in support of

the
BIG
8 priority to
:
‘Improve local condi
tions for economic

dev
elopment

.
T
he Service also
takes a leading role in

helping to drive


forward

projects

to
: make ‘
Fife the leading green Council

in Scotland’
.


Activities are aimed at helping to build stronger Fife communities through

sustainable economic development.


1.
2.2

Work is focused on economic growth, improving skills and physical

regeneration; this is driven through partnership activity, working across

Council servic
es and with
external agencies and businesses. Results are

achieved through encouraging appropri
ate business development, assisting

people into work and promoting high quality development, including a wide

range of housing.


1.2.
3

Business

is managed through 4 portfolios:
-




Business and Strategy

-

l
eads on Economic Development initiatives

includi
ng
,
Business Property, Commercial Land and Investment Support,
Business Support and Funding, Key Sectors and Business Development
Initiatives, Strat
egic and Local Planning Policy, including Structure

and
Local Plans.




Development and Regeneration



l
eads o
n development
implementation on the ground through its statutory duties relating to
B
uildings
S
tandards and
S
afety,
B
uilding
Warrants, D
evelopment
A
pplications a
nd P
ermissions,
E
nforcement
,
P
lanning
A
ppeals and
E
-
planning.




Inclusion and Opportunities

-

l
e
ads on Building Stronger Communities
including
E
conomic
R
egeneration,
S
kills
D
evelopment,
P
hysical
R
egenera
tion and E
nvironment
P
rojects. The Portfolio a
lso p
rovides
access to employment through

Opportunities Fife


which offers
a range

4

of
employability pr
ogrammes to assist people into education, training and
employment
.




Resources
-

p
rovides service business support to the port
fol
ios,
including Finance, IT
S
ystems, Knowledge
and

Information
Management, Service Planning, Performance Management, Project
Supp
ort, Cu
stomer Service, Human Resource S
upport, Health & Safety,
Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Marketing and Communication.


1.2.
4

Economic Development activity is led by the Head of Development Services
.
As from 1
st

April 2008 to the 31
st

March 200
9

a

core

establishment of
1
11

staff, including 2 Development Managers
, offer
ed

specialised economic
development

activity support through the Business and Strategy and
Inclusion and Opportunities Portfolios.

T
ogether this
work
utilised

a

budget
of
around
£6
.9m (200
8
-
09)

delivered
from
Corporate
bases in

Glenrothes,
Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline and Cupar.
The Service

also runs a Skills
Development Centre from Midfield Road

in Kirkcaldy
.



1.3

Fife Economy Partnership

(FEP)

1.3.1

During 2008 a

review
of
e
conomic par
tne
rship arrangements was

undertaken

in
Fife and

a new business
-
led partnership
, F
ife Economy

Partnership (FEP)
,
was

established
.

FEP is a strateg
ic partnership group
,


led by

the private sector,
which leads on the economy theme for the

Fife

Community
Plan.


1.3
.
2

FEP is remitted to identify and drive forward the appropriate strategic
policies and initiatives to grow the Fife economy, and deliver on the Fife
Comm
unity Plan’s economic outcomes
, agreed through Fife’s Single
Outcome Agreement (SOA)


a con
cordat between Fife Council and the
Scottish Government.


1.
4

Fife’s
Economy Conference

1.4.1

FEP
hosted the Fife Economy Conference
,

‘Growing Fife's Future’, in
November 2008

at the Carnegie Conference Centre
.

Over 100 delegates,
including representative
s from more than 60 local businesses
,

attended the
conference.
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, John
Swinney MSP, was the keynote speaker at the event. Delegates had the
opportunity
to network and raise issues
of
concern

w
ith policymak
ers,
politicians and business leaders. The views and opinions of delegates at the
co
nference informed
the review of 'Growing Fife's Future', Fife
’s

Economic
Strategy 2005
-
15,
which is
referred to below.



1.
4.2

Fife’s Economic Strategy


Growing Fife’s Futu
re (GFF),
Fife’s Economic Strategy

20
05
-
15
,

set
s

out
Fife’s vision for a prosperous and thriving Fife that not only supports our
people, communities and businesses but also contributes to the wider
economic growth of the country.



1.4.3

Led by Development Servi
ces
, on behalf of FEP
, t
he Strategy has now
underg
one a review which plans for

short and long term

growth.

GFF

(
2009
-
20) outlines a new direction for the Fife economy
-

one that integrates

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sustainability, promotes inclusion and generates strong and stable
economic
prosperity.
Six k
ey

outcome

themes

have been identified

for delivery
:




More

D
ynamic
B
usinesses



Extend
ed

Employment and S
kills
O
pportunities



A

M
odern
B
usiness
I
nfrastructure



Improv
ed

K
nowledge and
R
esearch
B
ase



Growing
B
usiness and
E
mployment in
K
ey

S
ectors



Stronger
C
ommunities through
R
egeneration


1.5


Culture of Enterprise

1.5.1

FEP is
also
leading on developing a Culture of Enterprise in Fife. A

framework for action was agreed by stakeholders at a key event in June


2009
, outlining ways to achiev
e economic growth by encouraging enterprise

and
e
ntrepreneurship.

Over 50

representatives from the public, private and

voluntary sectors agreed to work together to implement an action plan and

monitoring system to measure progress. The Framework will pr
ovide a

blueprint for creating a vibrant enterprise culture in Fife. It is intended to

initiate a programme of entrepreneurial and enterprise development

over the next three to five years that will lay the foundations of long
-
term

change, while also ad
dressing immediate priorities and actions.


1.6

Economic Downturn

1.6.
1

This report is written against the backdrop of a continuing global recession.

The downturn severely impacted upon Fife’s economy from the 3
rd

quarter

of 2008.

The effect of the down
turn

has been significant, leading
to
the

closures of both national and local businesses and a wide spread

loss of

jobs from all sectors


in particular construction
,

retail and finance.


1.6.2

Dunfermline area experienced a lower rise in its unemployment rate

than
t
he rest of Fife

with the

average annualised increase of claimants for
Dunfermline
,

from April 2008
-

March 2009 at

26.1%.
The severity and
speed of the recession is reflected in the rise of the Jobseekers Allowance
claimant count during the last two

quarters of the period
,

which saw a sharp
rise in claimants resulting in
a year on year increase of 49%.


1.6.3

Based on the 2007 GROS
1

estimate of the size of the working age
population,

the J
ob
S
eeker
A
llowance
claimant

count

rate rose in the
Dunfermline area

from 2.4% in April 2008 to 4.1% in March 2009. The Fife
equivalent rose from 2.6% to 4.3%

as illustrated in Chart 1 below:
















1

GROS

-

General Register Office for

Scotland.


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Chart
1

JSA Claimant count
745
810
945
1,310
0
200
400
600
800
1,000
1,200
1,400
Apr 08 - June 08
July 08 - Sept 08
Oct 08 - Dec 08
Jan 09 to Mar 09

Source:
National Office of Statistics

August 20
09


1.6
.
4

The con
traction within the economy is expected to

c
ontinue throughout
2009.
During 2008 and continuing throughout 2009 Fife Council
responded
to the sudde
n change in the economy

through a series of initiatives aimed at
assisting businesses

and local people
. Projects include

administering the
Small Business

Bonus Rate Relief Scheme
,
providing more help and
support for people seeking money advice

and decreasing the turn around
time to pay suppliers.

Development Services initiatives have included:



Additional
business skills s
eminars



Increased market developm
ent initiatives

for local businesses



Assisting businesses to compete for public and national procurement
opportunities



Guidance seminars on Government Guarantee Schemes



Expansion of the Fife Investment Fund to help small companies in Fife
grow their busin
esses



Business Start Up including

Be Your Own Boss



Enhanced support for people seeking employment



Increasing Land and Premises for Businesses



Provision of up
-
to
-
date economic intelligence



Free Vacant Business Property Search

1.7

Outcomes and
Achievement
s

1.
7
.1

This document reports on progress

made

towards the achievement of the



strategic

pro
grammes outlined in GFF (2005
-
15)
and the Council’s BIG
8,
while moving towards outcomes
themes

f
or the updated prog
rammes
outlined in GFF

(2009
-
20
).
The

statisti
cal analysis provided in this report
focuses
on years

2008
-
09 although relevant figures outside of this
timeframe are included where appropriate.

Not all figures are able to be
broken down to the Dunfermline
a
rea level and the report therefore includes
som
e Fife wide statistics.

T
he report also includes recent pro
gress on
developing

issues,

project updates and future plans.


1.8


Economic Intelligence
and Performance Information

1.8
.1

The
Strategic Policy and Tourism Team
,

based in Fife House, provides an
economic intelligence and information service in support of economic

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development
partners in
Fife
.
The work, which
provides an evidence base
for decision making,
was

recently
cited as an example of good practice
, with
other local authorities

using
Fife

Cou
ncils

research templates to develop
their own work.





2.0

MORE D
YNAMIC BUSINESSES

2.1

Activities
to achieve this outcome theme

are
focused on growing Fife’s
business base,
encouraging enterprise through
driving

up the business birth
rate and encouragin
g
growth through
innovation in new and established
businesses
. The delivery of this work
is principally
led by Development
S
ervices Eco
nomic Development Team which

relocated from Dunfermline
Business Centre to Kingdom House, Saltire Centre
, Glenrothes
in M
arch
2009.



2.2

Small Business Gateway Fife
(SBGF)

2.2.1

SBGF was incorporated as a compa
ny limited by guarantee in 2001 with
Scottish Enterprise Fife and Fife Council as partners.

In

October 2007
Scottish Enterprise tendered the Business Gateway services

on a national
basis and SBGF

submitted a successful tender to deliver these services
within Fife. Fife Council continues to fund complementary business

support
services in order to provide a comprehensive one door approach to
business innovation and growt
h for local companies.


2.2.2

Scottish Enterprise Fife subsequently withdrew from the partnership when

Scottish Enterprise was restructured in April 2008
.
The national Business

Gateway
S
ervices contract management was transferred to Fife Council at

thi
s time.
In order to provide a greater commercial focus to the business

three
private sector Board members were recruited and appointed i
n

February 2009
.



2.2.
3

The company delivers three main areas of service:
Information,


Business Advisory

and Specia
list Support

S
ervices
,

with
the Information

Service providing the first port of call for

all business enquiries
.


2.3

Be Your Own Boss

(BYOB)

2.3
.1

Business Gateway Fife

(BG Fife
) h
as continued to increase
the
delivery of
pre
-
start events throughout Fife,

focusing i
n particular on more effective
‘filtering’

of clients to
appropriate events. This has been achieved through
the
continuation of the su
ccessful ‘Be Your Own Boss’ campaign
s
. Thirteen

events took place
in Dunfermline

during 2008
-
09

and attracted 5
6
attendees.



2.3.
2

In addition to the
BYOB
events, the Support Officers have dr
op in sessions
in local venues
w
ith

dis
advantaged communities
,
where people
can access
support and advice on a one to one basis
.
To date
14

advisory sessions
have been held

in the

Dunfermline area
.


2.4


Business Start Up

2.4.1

In Dunfermline
233

new starts
, (including BYOB),

receiv
ed

assistance via
BG Fife

in 2008
-
09
. It is anticipated that these will cr
eate 300 jobs and
£8
.9
m

in turnover during their first year of trading.
106 of t
hese new starts
from Dunfermline also attended Business Skills workshops.


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2.5


Business Growth

2.5.1

BG
Fife
also
offered substantial support to the
existing business sector

during 2008
-
09

with 66 businesses from the Dunfermline area receiving one
to one advice.



2.6


Fife Investment Fund

2.6.1

BG

F
ife
also
administers Fife Council’s Investment Fund

which provides
grants and loans to assist new starts and
the
growth of existing small
businesses, below 50 employees.

The Fund offers debt or loan funding
which is repaid monthly

by direct debit according

to the repayment schedule
agreed with

each borrower at
the
commencement of their loan period.
Loans are typically repaid over 3 to 5 year
s.




2.6.2

During operational year 2008
-
09, 59 businesses
from

across Fife
were
assisted through

the Fife Investment Fund to the value of £326k.
Over the
next 3 years t
his investment is anticipated to create 267 jobs and additional
turnover of £58m.

Eleven

businesses
from the Dunfermline

area benefited
from this
loan and grant
support

to the value o
f £59k.
Companies supported
are listed in Table
1

below:


Table 1

Approvals for Fife Investment Fund (2008
-
09)

Dunfermline
area
Totals

*Funds are only released as the applicant incurs eligible expenditure



Company


Location

Purpose of
Support

Existin
g Jobs
Supported

Additional
Jobs within 3
Years

Business
Medical

Dunfermline

Equipment

3.0

2.0

Cameron
Harris

Dunfermline

Process
Development

11.0

4.0

The Cress
Company

Dunfermline

Property,
Equipment &
Market
Development

3.5

9.5

R D
Laboratories

Dunf
ermline

Equipment

16.5

3.0

Engineering
Assets

Dunfermline

Equipment

3.0

1.5

ARJ
Shopfitters

Dunfermline

Equipment

13.5

5.0

Tunch
Foods

Dunfermline

Equipment

0.0

15.0

Tree of
Knowledge

Dunfermline

Market
Development

9.0

1.0

Printing
Services
(Scotland)


Dunfermline

Market
Development

6.0

1.0

AviIT

Dunfermline

Product
Development

12.5

29.0

Engineering
Services

Dunfermline

Property

12.1

1.5

Totals



90.1

72.5

Source
:

Business Gateway Fife (2008
-
2009)




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2.7

Supplier Development Programme

2.7
.1

Fife Co
uncil
’s

Economic Development Team
is

a registered partner


authority of the

Supplier Develop
ment

Programme (SDP) which
support
s


lo
cal businesses to
gain a share

of the £8
b

public spend in Scotland


each

year.

The Programme

delivers a

rang
e of specialist b
usiness

development

activities to assist Fife Businesses to improve access to public

sector procurement contracts
. Currently there are 15

local authority

partners

and the

Third Sector (Social Economy) Division of the Scottish Gov
ernment.

At the time o
f writing

167 Fife compani
es are members of the programme 32

of which are from the Dunfermline area.


2.8

Business Property Management

2.
8
.1

The Economic Development Team manages a Fife Council portfolio of
commercial business premises across 41 location
s throughout Fife providing
business space for over 200 companies. During 2008
-
09
,

239 units were let
from an available 261 givin
g

an occupancy rate of over

9
1
%.
Vacancy

rates
are up

around
3% on the figures for 2007
-
08 reflecting the downturn in the
econ
omy and the Council is continuing to promote its premises to the
business community in

Fife and beyond.



2.8.2

T
here are 63 units in the Du
nfermline area: Pitreavie Business Park (22

units), Albany Business Centre (16 units
)
, Dunfermline Business Centre

(24

units), and 13/15 Maygate (1unit). 53
(84%)
of these units were occupied

during 2008
-
09.


2.9

Business Property Information Service

2.9.1

Fife Council provides a comprehensive service of advice and assistance for
businesses looking

for

p
remises in

the area. A web

based search facility
provi
des information on the majority of

business premises

in Fife, in both the
public and private

sectors, which is supported by the local knowledge of the
Economic Development Team. Over 330 companies / individuals
f
rom
across Fife
were assisted in their search for premises during 2008
-
09.


2.10

Market Development Programme

2.
10
.1

Th
e objective of the programme is

to help companies enter new markets,
win

new business and contracts

and to
create and safeguard jobs. T
he

capabilities of local companies,
especially those involved in Key Sectors
,

are promoted
,

as is Fife
,
as
a busines
s location.


2
.
10
.
2

In response to the current economic climate the market development
programme has diversified into the organisation of tra
de visits and learning
journeys

assisting

companies to

position themselves for an

upturn in the
economy.


2.
10
.
3

During operational year 2008
-
09, Fife Council organise
d group stands at a
total of 6 m
ajor exhibitions across the UK

covering; manufacturi
ng;

construction;

energy;

engineering and medical technology along with key
multi sector events
.

36

companies participated in
the Trade Visits
programme generating 345 enquiries and potential sales in ex
cess of £10m
as outlined in the Fife Market Developm
ent Programme

Report

to the
Environment, Enterprise and Transportation Committee on the 27
th

August
2008.

C
ompanies
from the Dunfermline area

participated in these events
.


10


2.
11

Promoting Fife

2.
1
1
.1

Promoting Fife is intended to engage with private sect
or partnerships and

agencies to

position Fife as a high quality location of choice through four

principal strands of messaging: live, work, v
isit and invest. This
w
ork is

being led by
Development Services through
the Promoting Fife Project

Team.


3.0

E
XTEND
ED
EMPLOYMENT AND SKILL
S OPPORTUNITIES

3.1

Activities
to achieve this outcome theme
are focused on tackling

worklessness and
reducing
hi
gh levels of Employment Support Allowance

(ESA)

/ Incapacity Benefit
(
IB)
2

through targeted support to help people i
nto
education, employment and training. Fife’s annualised (2008
-
09)
em
ployment rate remained above

both the Scottish and UK averages for
calendar year 2008
, as illust
rated in

Table
2

below
:



Table 2

Employment Rate

Working Age. Fife, Scotland, UK 2008


(
The number of claimants resident in an area as a percentage of the working age
population resident in that area. Working age is defined as 16
-
64 for males and 16
-
59 for
females.)


Value

Rate

FIFE

171,100

76.5

SCOTLAND

2,429,000

75.6

UK

27,969,700

74.0


Source:
Nomis
Annual Population Survey

(2008)


3.1.1

A
ll areas have
, however,
seen significant rises in their claimant count since
the end Q3 2
008
,

as identified in
Section 1.
6.3
, Economic Downturn
,

of
this
report. Consequently a fall in the employment r
ate is anticipated during
2009.


3.1.
2

Tackling worklessness and reducing income
-
poverty and inequalities is a
key priority for Fife Council, its Community Planning partners and the
Scottish and UK Governments. Year 2008
-
09 saw a number of changes to
empl
oyability organisations and service delivery, not only in Fife, but across
Scotland. The policy context locally is determined by the ‘Fairer Fife
Framework’ which sets out Fife Partnership’s approach to addressing
inequalities, poverty and deprivation.


3
.1.3

Nationally a new integrated employment and skills model is emerging from
the ‘Skills for Scotland’ strategy.
In response

to these changes and Fife
Council’s Best Value Review of Employability, a review of the Opportunity
Centre Networks was undertaken
.


3.1.4

Following the ‘
Opportunities Fife’ report to the Environment, Enterprise and
Transportation Committee (EE&T,16
th
April 2009)
, a re
-
focusing of the
Council’s activities
,

to suit the changing demand from customers and to add
further value to the wor
k of the key national agencies
,

has been adopted.



2

Employment Support Allowance (ESA) was intr
oduced during 2008 and will eventually replace Incapacity
Benefit (IB), however, clients already in receipt of IB when ESA was introduced will continue on IB.


11

This work has become very chal
lenging due to the economic downturn
which has seen a continuing rise in unemployment.


3.2

Opportunities Fife

3.2.1

The ‘Opportunities Fife’ approach involves Fife Council w
orking with S
kills
Development Scotland (SDS), Jobcentre
P
lus (JCP)
, colleges and other
training providers, voluntary organisations and

employers to deliver a
comprehensive and cohesive employability service for Fife.



3.2.2

Partnership action has been en
hanced through European Social Fund and
Fairer Scotland Fund support. Fife’s employability service model described
as an ‘employability pipeline’ includes developing a common

approach to
client engagement, ongoing assessment, specialist support, employabil
ity
support, job placement and progression in work. Fife Council makes a
significant contribution through Community, Development and Social Work
Services as follows:


3.3


Client Engagement and Progression

3.3.1



High Street Location


Opportunity Cen
tres
,
c
ontinued to help local people

in the Dunfermline area to access jobs, skills and learning

opportunities with

1300 people becoming new members in 2008
-
09, an increase of 316 from

the previous

annual period. In 2008
-
09 a sample survey of Centres across

F
ife identified

that 47% of users had progressed into work, learning, self

employment or

v
olunteering. Services previously delivered through Fife’s

six Opportunity Centres are now available from a variety of partners across


a number of locations as outl
ined in the ‘Opportunities Fife’ report to EE&T

on 16
th

April 2009.

Dunfermline Opportunity Centre
has

become
an



SDS

centre from July 2009. Existing premises will be used in the short

term until SDS finds an alternative shop front facility. Targeted
outreach

services in this area w
ere

developed by Community Services from

April

2009 to December 2010.


3.3.2

O
utreach and Engagement


the Opportunities Out There (OOT)

project
adopts an outreach approach

with harder to reach groups
such as

those on
ESA / IB

a
nd other

inactive benefits.
From the Dunfermline

area 60 w
ere
supported through this project
.


3.3.3

Supporting Families


Working for Families (WfF)
is focused on
disadvantaged parents
.

As at the 31
st

March 2009, 528 clients were

on the
programme
,

76 from Du
nfermline

receiving support
.
Development Workers

help clients to improve their employability, and address childcare and other
barriers
.



3.3.4

Skills Development


Fife Council supports adults and young people on
government training programmes
to develop voc
ational skills through

Modern Apprenticeships, Skillseekers, Get Ready for Work and New Deal.

During

financial year 2008

09, 35
7

clients started on the programmes

with
33 participating from the Dunfermline area
.


3.3.5

FILM+
-

this project links Fife Council, Fi
fe Housing Associations and
Scottish Enterprise capital projects to training and employment. Working in
the construction, land
-
based and route ways sectors clie
nts are mentored to

12

help them

sustain employment and progress whilst in employment. Since
March
2008, 77 clients
, 5 from the Dunfermline area,

have accessed the
programme
each earning the rate for the job during the in
-
training/work
placement period
.


3.3.6

Projects delivered by
FILM
+

have included the enhancement

of various Fife

Council properties i
n the West Fife area. Pitreavie Court and Dunfermline

Business Centre have benefited from the
project

through improvements to


landscaping to provide a low maintenance scheme which enhances the

building environment.


3.4

Opportunities Fife Outcomes


Ou
tcomes for the projects
reported in

S
ections: 3.3.
2.

-
3.3.5

are detailed in Table
3

below. These outcomes

met

or exceeded the targets set for contract performance

during 2008
-
09.


Ta
ble 3

Opportunities
-

Dunfermline

Outcomes 2008


09

Progressed to e
mployment

53

Entered/completed education or accredited training

13

Source: Opportunities Fife 2008
-
09
3



4.0

A MODERN

BUSINESS INFRASTRUCT
URE


4.1

Activities
to achieve this outcome theme
are focused on

p
utting in place the
necessary business infrastruct
ure for attracting investment, improving
business competitiveness

and growing businesses

in order to make Fife a
location of first choice to live, learn
,
work and invest. P
riorities include the
provision of an effective supply of employment land
, business
property
infrastructure
and the development of an

efficient transport
system.




4.
2

Dunfermline & West Fife Local Plan

4.
2
.1

The Dunfermline & West Fife Local Plan
will impact on development in the

area
.


M
ajor

economic
projects
in the area
include:



R
epl
acement Forth C
rossing
*




Additional Container Freight Capacity

(Rosyth)
*



The
CVF
Aircraft Carrier Project


(*NPF2 Developments)


4.2.2

These major initiative
s, coupled with the re
-
establishment of the Rosyth to
Zeebrugge Ferry Service
will see growth
in supply a
nd leisure industries as
well as demands for housing
and improvements in transport links.
Work on
T
he Draft Dunfermline
&

West Fife Local Plan
was reported to Planning

Committee
on 20

October 2009 for approval following reports to the Area
Committees.

Pub
lic consultation on the draft Local Plan is programmed for
early 2010
.






3

Outcomes relate to those achieving specific targets during the period April 2008


March 2009,
clients
progress through the programmes at different rates through different time periods
.


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4.
3

Land and Property Infrastructure

4.
3
.1

Fife’s future economic prosperity relies on the

provision of an effective
supply of available employment land and the Scottish Government p
laces
responsibility for that provision on planning authorities. The Fife Structure
Plan requires an effective
7 year
supply of employment land in settlements
4

identified as having a population of 5,000 residents or more


20
key

settlements

in Fife meet t
his population criteria
. Within
the Dunfermline
Area Committee
,
Dunfermline

is the only key settlement.


4.4

Fife Employment Land Audit (FELA)

4.4.1

The Fife Employment Land Audit

provides an analysis of
the current
availability of
employment land

in all
its forms
.

FELA 2008 indicates that
across Fife only 8.8% of allocated employment land is immediately
available. Dunfermline has 90.8ha allocated em
ployment land

of which 79.5
ha is constrained. In conclusion

11.3ha is considered immediately available
mo
st of which is for Class 4 office/business uses
.


4.4.2

The availability of employment land within each key settlement is assessed
through a traffic light system:




Green = adequate availability of employment land for uses within Class 4
(Business/Light Industr
y), Class 5 (General Industry) and Class 6
(Storage and Distribution)



Amber = limited employment land available and needs to be augmented



Red = inadequate employment land availability.


4.4.3

Dunfermline falls into the Am
ber category as availability is pre
dominately

within Class 4.


4.
5

Fife Employment Land
Strategy (FELS
200
6
-
15
)

4.
5
.
1

FELS provides an analysis of employment lan
d across the 20 key
settlements, including identifying

any shortfall in supply. In order to ensure
that employment land is deliv
erable and available to businesses across Fife,
it needs to meet the requirements of business by providing for a variety of
uses, sizes and locations. It also requires to have secure planning status,
be serviced (or serviceable within 5 years) and meet ap
propriate transport
criteria (SSP2
5

). Where there are physical or ownership limitations, land is
considered to be constrained
.


4.
5
.2

In Dunfermline, the priority is to increase the provision for general industrial
and storage and distribution requiremen
ts as well as smaller scale office
s

in
and around the town centre.



4.
6


Improving the Availability of Employment Land

4.
6
.1

Fife Council’s strategy to
ensure

the availability of land includes direct
intervention by the Land and Property Section of the E
conomic
Development Team. Across Fife
, the

Council owns and controls 36 h
a
of
non
-
specialist
employment land for sale, lease and development
. However,
at present
,

the Council does not own any land in Dunfermline area
.





4

There are 132 settlements in Fife defined as having 25 or more properties

5

Scottish Planning Policy 2


14



4.
7

Delivery of Employment Land

4.
7
.1


In
order to secure
the delivery
of employment land,
Development
Services

has a rolling programme of
project
s to implement the strategy and
counteract the lack of available land for employment.

These projects may
include:




Site acquisition;



Site ser
vicing (roads/ drainage/ utilities);



Promoting allocations through the local plan process;



Masterplanning;



Site re
-
development;



Joint ventures.



4.
7
.2

The

delivery programme has focussed on other key settlements over the
year however, the
following land t
ransaction was concluded mid 2009
having been negotiated over the previous year:




Fife Council/ Scottish Enterprise joint venture at Calais Muir and Dover
Heights, Dunfermline
, paragraph 4.8

below refers.


4.
7
.3


In addition, a further allocation of 80ha o
f employment land is being
pro
moted through the Dunfermline &
West

Fife

Local Plan review within the
West Dunfermline Strategic Land Allocation as specified in the Fife
St
r
ucture Plan 2008.


4.
8

Scottish Enterprise Employment Land

4.
8
.1

A formal legal agr
eement was entered into
,

towards the end of August 2009
,

between the Council and Scottish Enterp
r
ise in respect of 4 key sites
across
Fife including 40.3ha at Calais Muir and 12.3 ha at Dover Heights, both
Dunfermline

and Victoria Road/Nairn Street, Kirkca
ldy and Westwood Park,
Glenrothes.

All 4
sites extend in total to approximately 170 acres

(69

h
a
)
.
As
part of the agreement the Council has invested £1.4m in an equity sharing
agreement with Scottish Enterprise. Fife Council and Scottish Enterprise will
wo
rk in partnership in taking forward the masterplanning of each site and
will establish a development and disposals strategy. The Council will retain
a share of the capital receipts of the sites which will be re
-
invested in the
provision of new infrastructu
re to create further serviced sites available for
employment use.

This will supplement the Council’s delivery programme to
optimise the availability of employment land.


4.
9

Invest in Fife


4.
9
.
1

The Invest in Fife team, which is led by the Economic Deve
lopment Team
within Development Services, is responsible for promoting Fife as a world
class business location in order to attract

investment into the region. The
team provides a

'one
-
stop
-
shop' service to companies

planning to locate in
Fife. Despite

glob
al credit conditions, which resulted in a number of projects
being put on hold, a number of companies continued with their expansion
plans. Nine of the companies the

T
eam has been working with have
announced plans to expand. These projects have helped to s
afeguard 580
jobs and
are expected to create around 283

jobs over the next few years as
illustrated in Chart 2 below:


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Chart 2

Inward Investment - Potential & Safeguarded Jobs
629
283
140
580
0
100
200
300
400
500
600
700
2007/08
2008/09
Potential
Safeguarded



Source: Invest in Fife



4.10


R
osyth Waterfront

4.
10
.1

NPF2 identifies two projects of national sign
ificance in the Wate
rfront

area;

t
he Forth
Replacement C
rossing and the proposals for

additional

container freight capacity in the Forth area, as pursued by Babcock

Engineering Services.


4.
1
1

Forth Replacement Crossing

4.
1
1
.1

Development of plans for the Forth

R
eplaceme
nt Crossing are continuing in
line with the NFP2. The draft Dunfermline

&

West Fife Local Plan 2009 will
identify areas of land within the Forth bridgehead area to be safeguarded for
bridge construction, mars
halling activity and adjoining transport
infrast
ructure.



4.1
2

Rosyth


Zeebrugge Ferry Service

4.1
2
.1

In May 2009, the Rosyth


Zeebrugge (Belgium) ferry service was re
-

introduced with the service being operated by Norfolkline, part of the

AP Moller/Maersk Group. Early indications are that passen
ger and freight

levels

are encouraging and compare favourably with those of

the previous

operator of the route Attica (Superfast / Attica).


4.1
2
.2

T
he
South East
Scotland Transport Partnership
(SESTra
n), of which

Fife Council is a member, is

continui
ng discussions with a Shetland

based freight
operator over a European a
pplication which if successful

would

commence

a service running on a circular route linking Rosyth,

Lerwick (Shetland), Kristiansund (Norway) and Zeebrugge.

Fife Council

(Developme
nt Services / Transportation Services) continue to liaise

with Forth Ports, the Scottish Government and other interested parties in


developing further routes linking Rosyth and continental Europe.


5.0

IMPROVING OUR KNOWLE
DGE AND RESEARCH BAS
E

5.1

Activi
ties are
focused on increasing business expenditure on research and
development, encouraging innovation and the commer
cialisation of new

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research.
These activities have
been principally
led by Sco
ttish Enterprise
which is committed to increasing the commer
cial exploitation of Scotland’s
existing strengths in science and research.


5.
2

Knowledge Transfer Partnership Group

5.
2
.1

Development Services, Economic Development Team,
has recently initiated
a ‘
Knowl
edge Transfer Partnership Group’

with Fife’s

three

College
Principals, the University of St Andrews and Scottish Enterprise. The
Partnership Group will explore opportunities to bring academia closer
toget
her, with the business community,
in a bid to develop initiatives and
programmes that can assist with b
usiness i
nnovation

/lean business
models. This will be progressed

through industry research and d
evelopment
and knowledge transfer or accessing graduate pools for short life projects
on site. This approach also fits within the umbrella of developing a

Fif
e
Culture of Enterprise Framework
’ as identified in
Fife’s Economic Strategy,
GFF 2009
-
20
.


6.0

GROWING BUSINESS AND

EMPLOYMENT IN KEY SE
CTORS

6.1

The Key Sectors Business Development Programme provides tailored
support to develop and strengthen those high

value sectors which offer
significant long term growth potential for Fife.

Activities are focused on
helping

those business and industry sectors which offer
the greatest growth
potential in terms of output and employment.
The programme is resourced
by two

full time posts within the Economic Development Team and two
further posts within Business Gateway.



6.2

Key Sector
-

Networks

6.2.1

Establishment of
the Key Sector P
rogramme has led to the development of
five business
-
led Networks aimed at developing a

strong sectoral presence,
creating a single point of access to all related industry
support
and

opening
up opportunities for collaboration, marketing and networking.
The Networks
all have a unique identity and brandi
ng:




Green Business Fife


aims to help

local businesses achieve resource
efficiency gains which will boost their competitiveness and minimise their
environmental impact as well as stimulate new business opportunities in
the emerging environmental industries sector.



Contact Fife


supports the
contact centre industry providing a forum for
sharing information, advice and best practice.



Creativefife


supports creative industries in Fife providing an interactive
one stop shop for businesses to develop their creative, business, sales
and marketing
skills and access funding opportunities.



Fife Construction Forum


provides a focal point for information sharing,
issues and concerns of the local industry. The Forum’s objectives are
delivered via three main themes of Planning, Procurement and People,
w
ith two cross
-
cutting strategic themes


Sustainability and Social
Impact.



TechnetFife


supports local businesses in the technology and ICT
sector with the hope of driving more revenue into Fife through: increased
competitiveness; more and higher value sa
les; networking and the
commercialisation of ideas.




17

6.2.2 Across the 5 networks there are 202 members from the






Dunfermline area.
Green Business Fife held Fife’s first dedicated



environmental awards ceremony in March 2009 with 3 companies from



the Dunfermline
and surrounding
area
s

being shortlisted.




6.
3


Key Sectors
-

Renewable and Low Carbon
Energy


6.
3
.1


Against the back drop of national and international policy on renewables and


c
arbon reduction,
GFF 2009
-
20,

Fife Council’s Big 8 o
bjectives, and the



significant growth potential linked to Renewables and Low Carbon




technologies, it is proposed that considerable focus and resources should



be given to the Renewables Sector within the 2009
-
1
0 Key Sectors




Programme and in fu
ture years.


6.
3
.2

The overarching objective is to position Fife as centre of excellence for


renewable energy building on Fife’s proven areas of excellent infrastructure,

energy manufacturing, research and innovation.


6.
3
.3


In the year ahead

an Action

Plan

will be established and specific




p
rogrammes will be driven forward in renewable sectors

in

which

Fife has
an


established competitive advantage; namely
Offshor
e

Wind,

Industrial



Biomass,
Hydrogen Fuel Cells
&

Power S
torage, Carbon
Capture &




Storage and Industrial Wind.



6.
3
.4

The Scottish

Government has set ambitious
targets for reducing carbon
emissions at

national and local level

and Fife Council
, including
Development Services,

has been

working in partnership with the private
sector t
o help achieve these

aims.
For example, Fife
Landfill Gas Project

achieved a total generation of 3.5MW of electricity and
a
methane reduction
of
1
3.5kT

per annum with a thermal output to heat 213 nearby homes
.

It will
also supply the heating at the Carnegi
e Leisure Centre as part of the major
refurbishment works currently being carried out.

This
landfill
is located
at
Lochhead
,
Dunfermline
.


6.
4

Key Sectors
-

Tourism

6.4
.1

Tourism is a significant sector in Fife contributing around £250m per annum

to the


local economy
6

and supporting around 12,500 tourist
-
related jobs
7
.

During 2008
-
09 Development Services provided £350k of funding support

for tourism in Fife. This included a £300k allocation to VisitScotland for the

provision of visitor information se
rvices and leisure, tourism and business

marketing activities.


6.4.2

Tourism currently supports almost 1,500 FTEs
8

in the Dunfermline area
,

bringing in around £56 million to the local economy.

Between 2007 and
2008, expenditure from tourism fell by 3% as th
e number of tourist days
spent in the town decreased by 2%

however e
mployment remained static
.


6.4.3

An allocation also funded by the Fife Strategic Tourism Development Fund
provided around £30K to support events in the town including the Bruce
Festival,
Town Crier Tournament and Carnegie Festival.




6

Source: Fife STEAM Report 2008

7

Source: Annual Business I
nquiry, 2007

8

Full Time Equivalents


18


6.5


Small Grants Scheme for Tourism



is funded by the Fife Strategic
Tourism Development Fund and
principally supports small to medium sized
events run by community groups and business consortiums, with the a
im of
attracting and retaining visitors in Fife. Currently in its fourth year, the
scheme approved twenty applications with a total committed expenditure of
£28,300 during the financial year 2008
-
09
. In the Dunfermline area grants
totalling £3,050 have be
en awarded to Dunfermline Heritage Trust, Fife
Historic Vehicle Club, Dunfermline Folk Club and Dunfermline Heritage
Community Projects.


6.
6


Fife Tourism Partnership


6.
6.
1

The Fife Tourism Alliance

recently undertook
a review of its operations.
Followin
g the review a new p
artnership is being
set up to d
eliver

sustainable

tourism growth in Fife. The new partnership will comprise an

executive
board, a network of local tourist associations and a tourism

business
network which will be supported by a tourism

partnership manager.


6.6
.
2

As part of the new arrangements, new and existing local tourism groups
,

like Visit Dunfermline,
will be invited to take on the role of local tourist

associations and will be able to bid int
o a small budget for the provision

of


local information.
A tourism business

network will be established
for all of

Fife’s tourism and leisure businesses
,

estimated
at around 1,000 and a

programme of networking and
business
development activities developed.



6.6.3

Royal Dunfermline will

also be working to promote and support cross sector
activities which will enhance the standing of Dunfermline through community
events.


7.0

STRONGER COMMUNITIES

THROUGH REGENERATION


7.1


Activities are focussed on narrowing the gap between the most and l
eas
t

deprived communities in Fife

by

strengthening local economies.

Support,

directed

by local action plans,

will

combine people and skills, places
,


environment
,

communities and business.

This

approach, under the title

'Building Stronger Fife Communities'
, was agreed by
EE&T in

April 2009.


7.
2

Business Incubator Units

7.2.1

Th
is

programme provi
des the provis
ion of new business incubator space
supporting new start and people currently working from home through the
creation of quality office space/busines
s premises with easy in easy out
lease terms and business support
.

The provision commenced with the
opening of Business Incubator, Kirkcaldy in April 2008 which is assisting 14
businesses at this time.

The Council also assisted
Carnegie College
to
launc
h
incubator space

and business assistance

at Thomson House in
Methil
.


7.2.2

Units are also being developed

at Dunfermline Business Centre,
Burntisland

and
Lochgelly
:


7.2.3

Dunfermline Business Centre



led by Development Services the

creation of

small incubat
or offices with
in

the centre
are programmed for completion

towards the end of 2009
.

A total of
7

offices will be created

ranging from

200 to 350sqft
providing incubator space for businesses with 1 or 2 persons


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with easy in easy out lease terms.
Rental

will be all inclus
ive, excluding Non

Domestic Rates
.


7.3

Town Centres

7.3.1

Fife Council is committed to securing the future of Fife’s town centres, which

provide economic, social, health and environmental benefits to the wider

community.
The work is

supported by the Economic and Regeneration


Partnerships Team and
involves promoting and enhancing town centres

and encouraging growth by focusing
on
appropriate development
.

The Kingsgate Shopping centre extension opened in August

2008

helping to

suppor
t and regenerate the town centre
. Investigations are ongoing into t
he
re
-
development of the
former Co
-
op site at Randolph Street

to create a
more

vibrant town centre environment.


7.3.2

Town Centre Regeneration Fund


7.3.3

An application was made to the fi
rst round of the Town Centres
Regeneration Fund, (TCFR), but was unsuccessful. A new application has
subsequently been
made. This revised
application was built on previous
feedback and is currently active.
If successful a number of
projects
will be
progres
sed as follows:




Development of a new square at west of the Kingsgate Shopping centre



Environmental improvements in Glen Bridge Carpark and St.
Margarets Cave



Delivery of 2 public art projects



Improving Street cleanliness



Physical improvements to wynd
s linking Bruce Street/Glen Bridge
carpark/bus station


7.
4

Business Improvement Districts
(BID)

7.
4
.1

A BID provides sustainable funding for an agreed period of time, allowing

the private sector to work with partners, to deliver a variety of projects


a
imed at improving their business environment
.
BIDs

have been adopted

worldwide, they are business led and designed to help towns and

businesses flourish.


7.
4
.2

Businesses in Dunfermline voted (June 2009) in favour of a Business
Improvement District for

the Town. Fife Council is a major partner in the
Dunfermline BID having assisted in its development and agreeing to support
its aims and objectives throughout the next 5 years.
The BID Company in
Dunfermline (Dunfermline Delivers) is now established as a
Company Ltd by
Guarantee. A board of Directors has been appointed including two
representatives of Fife Council, Cllrs Tony Martin and David Mogg.
Development Services through E
conomic
R
egeneration

& P
artnerships

continue to advise the BID company and ac
t as the main point of contact
.


7.5

Physical

Regeneration

and Environment Projects

7.
5
.1

Development Services worked with Landscape Consultants Ironside Farrar
to upgrade an area adjacent to Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

(Monastery
Street)
. As a scheduled

ancient monument, an archaeological consultant
had a watching brief during the course of the works. The £650
k

project
recently received a

‘Green A
pple’ award for environmental best practice.


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7.6


Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)


7.
6
.1

Dunfe
rmline,
Kirkcaldy

and

Dysart town centres

have
secured funding of

more than

£3 million from Historic Scotland

through the Conservation Area

Regeneration Scheme
and Fife

Council’s Development Services. F
unding

will be

used in four key areas
to:




Regenera
te key buildings in the conservation area



Provide grants to owners to improve their properties



Carry out improvements to public areas
,

wynds and closes



Provide information and training for the repair of traditional buildings


7.6.2

CARS
projects
will be de
livered over the next three to five years.


8.0

LOOKING TO THE
FUTURE

8.1.1

T
he development of a flexible network of seamless employability support
services under the ‘
Opportunities Fife’ brand will help target employability
services to those most in need

-

particularly those who are furthest from the
labour market. Fife will capitalise on training and employment opportunities
afforded by major capital projects, such as the second Forth crossing and
the CVF Aircraft Carrier

at Rosyth.
Steps are also being
taken to support the
future demands of the labour market by improving skills to service the
growing Key Sectors in Fife.


8.1.2

Fife Council has recently entered into a Joint Venture with Scottish
Enterprise to secure the development of approx
imately 40.3ha

at C
alais
Muir and
12.3ha

at Dover Heights. Proposa
ls for the development of these

sites will be brought fo
rward during the next 12 months which will help to
address employment land supply shortages in the area.


8.1.3

Support will also be given
to assist bus
inesses across the
Dunfermline
area
to increase resource efficiency and make the transition to a low carbon
operation and to identify, promote and help grow emerging new businesses
in the environmental industries sector.


8.1.4

The
results of the
current applica
tion to the Town Centre Regeneration
Fund, (TCRF), to help regenerate the West end of the town
will be
announced in the New Year.



8.1.5

The Draft Dunfermline & West Fife Local Plan outlines that masterplans will
be prepared to guide development in the Du
nfermline and Inverkeithing
Stategic Land Allocations.

The masterplans will detail the phasing, scale
and siting of development and will be prepared with the involvem
ent of the
communities affected helping

to create sustainable communities.



8.2

Preparin
g for an
Upturn


8.2.1

D
espite

the world
-
wide recession continuing to bite

Fife Council is optimistic

that
the Fife economy
will

recover and is preparing for an upturn.
Development Services
will continue to offer support for business
development, enhancement of
our town centres, improvements to

Fife’s

21

infrastructure
and t
he
development of
skills and
employment


opportunities

in
line with Fife Councils’ BIG 8 objectives
.