Fife is presently hosting some of the biggest engineering and construction projects in Europe.
And economic chiefs are grabbing the opportunity once more to present the Kingdom as a giant shop window for commercial and development opportunities.
Invest in Fife has produced the Fife Investment Prospectus, which showcases the region’s various investment zones and explains why it could be the best place to start and grow a business.
Large global players in business have claimed a stake in Fife – including a high-visibility presence in Levenmouth for Diageo and Samsung Heavy Industries.
Energy Park Fife in Methil is among the areas under focus – packaged as “a world-leading facility within the burgeoning renewable energy sector”.
Its coastal location allowed tenants easy access to the offshore energy market in the North Sea, as well as global regions.
The Energy Park is able to support the largest renewables ventures and includes a 55-hectare engineering site, along with Methil Docks, Low Carbon Investment Park and Methil Docks Business Park – which is home to companies in a range of other professions aside from renewable energy.
It is ideally suited for a range of marine energy activities – in particular, manufacturing, research and development, and operations and maintenance, to take advantage of the Scottish Government’s confidence and commitment to the sector.
Ross Mackenzie, Fife Council’s lead investment officer for economic development, enterprise, planning and protective services, said: “I am very proud of Invest in Fife’s proven track record of helping investors make their projects happen, as well as helping Fife-based companies with their local expansion plans.”
The Investment Prospectus would hopefully help create even more development activity across the Kingdom.
Plenty of space for a skilled workforce
Numerous opportunities still exist for companies and developers who want to ‘play’ in the Energy Park.
Fife Renewables Innovation Centre and Methil Docks Business Park – set to link up in due course with the inland Low Carbon Investment Park – already host and complement a number of ventures, with opportunities through development land and office space.
Units are available at these sites, as well as the Hydrogen Office, Quayside House and Thomson House.
Current residents include BiFab, Samsung Heavy Industries, Energy Project Managment, Reach Engineeering & Diving Services, Narvida, Hydrosphere and Fife College.
Invest in Fife also told would-be deveopers they could count on well-educated workers.
“Existing business clusters mean our indigenous workforce has a strong profile of skills and expertise in areas including offshore oil and gas, marine renewable energy, light and heavy engineering, electronics, tourism and financial and customer services,” said the group.
More information is available in the Investment Prospectus. It can be viewed online at http://www.investinfife.co.uk/content/land-property-investment-zones/.