Love at first bite!

Across the country, around a third of all town centre businesses are independent. In Kirkcaldy, we’ve closer to 50% – and that share is growing. Some might see that as a challenge. We see it as a plus – making Kirkcaldy’s offering unique. One independent business to open their doors this summer is The Bakers Field Cafe on Tollbooth Street. We took time out to discover this new destination for vegetarians and vegans – to profile one of the town’s independent trailblazers …

Kirkcaldy means business …

If you’re looking to open a business in Kirkcaldy – or need room to expand in town – there are premises on the market that will make the ideal base …

From Kirkcaldy to the Fringe …

In Company Theatre Productions – in association with Kirkcaldy4All and Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University – are bringing the play Adam Smith – The Invisible Hand to this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Our Beach Highland Games 2018

On Saturday 15th September, the Highland Games return to Kirkcaldy and – as before – we remain a world first … the only Highland Games be to staged on a beach! Our Waterfront provides the perfect stage from which to view this unique combination of culture, sport and entertainment. And as we count down to the Games, VisitScotland has published a handy guide covering the Games’ history and heritage – packed with fun facts. Read on for more …

Calling all Kings & Queens!

Kirkcaldy4All – the town’s Business Improvement District – is delighted to be sponsoring Fife Pride 2018 – the festival celebrating Fife’s LGBTI community – returning for its second year on Saturday 7 July in Kirkcaldy Town Centre. And the event organisers are making an appeal – looking for the Kingdom’s Drag Kings, Drag Queens and musical acts to step forward and be a part of the celebration …

SUPER SENIORS ON KIRKCALDY WATERFRONT!

Kirkcaldy4All is piloting a series of fitness classes designed to encourage the over 55s to get active on the town’s Waterfront beginning on Tuesday 8th May.

Award Winning Kirkcaldy!

Huge congratulations to businesses in Kirkcaldy involved in two separate award ceremonies this week …

First up, the Scottish Independent Retail Awards 2018 where over 300 guests gathered at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel in a celebration of Scotland’s retail industry. This year’s event was the seventh annual Scottish Independent Retail Awards ceremony.

ACA Sports were nominated for Independent Sports Retailer of the Year. Robertson’s Coffee Shop was nominated for Coffee Shop of The Year (Central) and Koku Shi as Eatery of the Year (Central). The Pet Shop was also nominated as Pet Supplies Store of The Year.

As they say on their website: “Winners are a true reflection of quality and customer service as they are chosen by members of the general public.” They add: “The awards aim to highlight the value of independent retailers to the communities they operate within; recognising and rewarding the entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen which lies behind the thriving industry and employing over hundreds of thousands of people.

The night’s winner for Kirkcaldy was 4EyeDimensions – nominated as Bespoke Retailer of The Year. Established in 2013, 4eyedimensions is a bespoke furniture design and upholstery business creating “cost effective, bespoke furniture” to fit their clients’ needs. John Paul, owner of 4eyedimensions, says: “I have extensive experience in the construction and engineeringindustry. The ke y skills and additional qualifications gained over my ten years service has enabled me to offer customers a professional, high-end service.” A large part of their appeal is a commitment to be as eco-friendly as possible – aiming to re-use or recycle in the creation of products.For anyone wanting to visit this award-winning business, you’ll find them in Kirkcaldy’s Olympic Arcade.

In addition to the Retail Awards, another business in town was in the news at the 11th annual Scottish Curry Awards. The Amritsar Tandoori Restaurant was nominated in the ‘Best Chef’ category.

Bill Harvey, manager at Kirkcaldy4All BID, congratulated all the businesses saying: “Kirkcaldy has a growing reputation for innovative, hard working independent businesses and we’re delighted to shine a spotlight on those featured in this Blog. Both sets of awards are long established – made all the more credible as the winners are chosen by members of the public.

Please follow any of the links in the Blog to find more on each business.

The Blog’s feature image shows John Paul with members of Raith Rovers Ladies. John Paul watched the team’s first pre-season match and was impressed enough by the commitment of the team and coaches that he agreed to fund the strips as sponsor – investing in local women’s football and putting something back into the Kirkcaldy community.

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Hats off!

A huge thank you to all who supported Kirkcaldy 4 All’s fourth Food & Drink Fair – part of the town’s Festival of Ideas – staged this month (March 2018). Begun as a small idea in 2015, this year’s event has grown on previous years’ successes to deliver the biggest and best Fair yet – with more than 30 stall holders welcoming over 3,000 customers to the one day event at Fife College’s Atrium on St Brycedale Avenue.

A new blend in town!

The Adam Smith Theatre Café is to return for the Kirkcaldy’s 2018 Festival of Ideas … and you’re invited to help redefine the revamped café’s space and try a brand new coffee blend that’s been created to mark the event.

And the next B&B stop is …

The face of tourism is changing and no organization is having a bigger impact than AirB&B. Kirkcaldy is embracing the unique accommodation provider as it creates a new offering for visitors.