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 …

Kirkcaldy at Christmas: market in your diary!

There’s a whole host of events and activities happening in and around Kirkcaldy as we start the countdown to Christmas – and we’re delighted to see so many independent businesses in town embrace the season to run unique events and promotions. This is a taster of what’s on offer – all supporting Kirkcaldy4All’s main campaign being delivered in partnership with the Mercat Shopping Centre

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.

Weddings with a WOW!

Everyone knows your wedding day is about making vows, but one of Kirkcaldy’s best independent businesses makes sure your wedding day WOWS!

Finishing Touches by Adele is a specialist. Owner, Adele Scott, opened a very small shop in Kirk Wynd in 2001. Weddings has always been her passion – and she’d always wanted to help plan and deliver ‘the big day’. Seventeen years down the line, the business has grown, won a hard-earned reputation and now trades on our High Street.

Adele is passionate about her customers’ wedding plans. She works hard to make sure your day is as perfect as it should be. Her company is very well known for for their flare and style in creating ‘the look’ of a wedding – from themed chair covers, stunning centrepieces, personalised stationery and all manner of balloon displays.

This month sees the company’s next step …

On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, Finishing Touches by Adele launch a brand new offering: from this weekend, brides will be able to plan every aspect of their day – including Wedding & Bridesmaids Dresses, Veils, Tiaras and Hair Accessories.

Adele says: “It’s such an exciting time for us. We hope everyone will all be able to join us on our launch. Come along to our high street store and enjoy a glass of bubbly and browse or beautiful products. We will also have some gorgeous new stationery to see – and some FAB offers throughout the weekend!

We asked Adele what sets her apart from the competition: She says: “We really listen to our customers – to discover what they’re looking for.” And she’s quick to praise her team as part of the company’s success saying: “I have a team of eight staff and each one of them brings something different. It works very well.

She sees having her own business as her greatest achievement and is thrilled to watch it grow. She’s super passionate about Kirkcaldy and shopping locally adding some advice for those heading to the town: “Try and look in every shop – try and shop local – you never know what you will find!

Adele’s business is testament to what a great independent store can achieve. Years of hard work, building a reputation – providing what customers want, employing local folk who are customers in the town … expanding and delivering a great service. But don’t just take our word for it: check out the reviews online – glowing plaudits that echo the ‘WOW!’

And when folk are asked “do you shop in Kirkcaldy” we hope we can help to make a difference … we hope we can help folk to say “I do!

 

Need more?

You will find Finishing Touches by Adele at 229 High Street. Pop in and say hello.

You can call them on 01592 642644 – and follow their next steps via their Facebook page

We’ll drink to that!

The much loved Kirkcaldy Ingolstadt Beer And Music Festival returns to Kirkcaldy (Thursday 30th August – Sunday 2nd September) to kick off a month of great events and celebrations in the town …

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 …