SUCCESS ON A PLATE IN KIRKCALDY!

The 2019 Adam Smith Food & Drink Fair has been hailed a “huge success” after more than 3,000 foodies visited the event on the weekend of Kirkcaldy’s Festival of Ideas (Saturday 16th March).

The Beach Highland Games Are Back!

The UK’s only Highland Games to be held on a beach will be back in Kirkcaldy this summer and we’re hoping it will be the biggest and best yet! The event brings thousands of spectators to the town’s Waterfront to enjoy a unique combination of culture, sport and social entertainment from Heavy athletics to Highland dancing. Read on for more …

Think before you Click – Support Your Local Shops

The High Street is changing and will continue to evolve. It has changed because of the way we – as customers – shop. Fact.  That seems to be the price of progress in terms of technology  – the internet, smart phones and social media – all playing their part in what we see and what we buy.  We’ve changed our habits so much that it means the traditional High Street is under threat … or is it?

Adam Smith Food & Drink Fair 2019

Calling all Foodies! Kirkcaldy’s Adam Smith Food & Drink Fair returns this year and sees BBC 2016 MasterChef The Professionals Champion, Gary Maclean, leading the day’s activities …

Rose blossoms in Kirkcaldy!

We’re celebrating independent businesses in Kirkcaldy and in this profile, we catch up with Rose Bentley-Steed, owner of The Flower Ranger on the town’s High Street …

Cut to the chase …

We’re celebrating the great independent businesses in Kirkcaldy – and the latest to feature is Migele Experience. We caught up with owner, Dom Panetta, to discover more …

Kirkcaldy’s Christmas Countdown!

We’ve been working with the Mercat Shopping Centre on plans for this year’s Christmas countdown – and are delighted to share this update …

Don’t Walk. Run!

This is the latest in our profiles of fantastic independent businesses in Kirkcaldy’s town centre: Morton Running Company. Our Blog looks back at how recreational running has come on in leaps and bounds over the decades – and discovers just what makes Dave Morton tick  …

As one door closes …

From Kirkcaldy4All’s BID manager, Bill Harvey …

“It is just three years after M&S opened its out of town store in Kirkcaldy. The shift to out of town trading was predicted by many to cause serious damage to town and city centres across the country. But it is not only the out of town stores that are changing our towns. Every national retailer is undergoing seismic changes to their trading – with an ever-increasing shift to online.

Earlier this year, M&S announced they would start a massive programme of store closures – one in three of its core clothing and home branches. Even at today’s figures, high street stores only account for 28% of the company’s bricks and mortar outlets. They no longer see the value in being in our towns and cities. In recent months they’ve closed stores in London, Manchester, Leeds, York, Aberdeen, Brighton, Milton Keynes … and numerous others …

We’re saddened by the news that M&S has decided to close their Kirkcaldy store in 2019. They’ve been an anchor in the town since they opened in the summer of 1938. Many Kirkcaldy folk have been employed by the company over the last 80 years and we feel very sorry for those employees affected by this announcement.

As with every high street and town centre across the country, we’re facing challenging times: many national retailed are completely altering the way they trade – shifting more online than ever before as customer habits and demands change.

As Scotland’s longest high street, we feel those shockwaves more than most. We can either ‘do nothing’ which isn’t an option – or we can work hard to change the way our town trades. We are investing time and resource to review Kirkcaldy’s offering and plan for tomorrow. We can’t force national retailers to stay, but we can encourage new businesses. That’s our focus. We are working on plans for the BID’s 2020-2025 term – and our emphasis is on our great and growing independent offering.

We have a higher percentage of independents than the rest of the UK – many of whom are award-winning businesses, investing in Kirkcaldy and employing and training their workforce from in and around the town.

We will be sorry to see M&S go. But we will do all we can to showcase Kirkcaldy as a destination for people to live, work and enjoy. And where we can help new businesses to start and thrive, we will work hard with our community partners and stakeholders to make that happen.”

Thank you for reading.

 

Beach Highland Games – A Great Success!

The UK’s only Highland Games to be held on a beach took place in Kirkcaldy on Saturday (15th September 2018). The dry weather brought thousands of spectators down to the Waterfront to enjoy a unique combination of culture, sport and social entertainment from Heavy athletics to Highland dancing.