Kirkcaldy4All : 2009-2020

Against a backdrop of impending recession and uncertainty, Kirkcaldy4All launched almost ten years ago … a decade that has seen many ups and downs in our town. Since 2009, we have supported hundreds of businesses across Kirkcaldy and worked with multiple partners and stakeholders to help deliver all manner of projects, events and support initiatives.

Our time is up. Kirkcaldy4All’s board – made up of local business owners and managers – took the decision not to seek renewal for a third five-year term. The decrease in income created by a shrinking retail sector and reduced grant support from Fife Council has meant it would be wrong to ask for increased financial support from a smaller number of businesses … in essence, asking all to pay more – for less.

The board were keen to explore alternatives: those ideas won significant levels of support from partners and stakeholders. Crucially – and sadly – they did not win the backing of some key partners which resulted in the plan stalling.

And so it is with regret that the Business Improvement District comes to an end. We very much hope new ideas come to the fore. We know there are many opportunities for the town – opportunities that would make a significant difference to the town’s sustainable future.

We would like to thank all those who have supported and worked with us over the years. We are being asked ‘what next’? We end on March 5th 2020 – and the company will be wound up soon after.

COUNTING DOWN TO KIRKCALDY’S CHRISTMAS

Kirkcaldy4All and the Mercat Shopping Centre are working together again this year to bring a whole calendar of family-friendly Christmas events to the town in the run-up to 25th December …

Nie ma za co! A warm welcome on the high street …

Marietta Szyrowska loves the sea. When she was growing up in Poland, she would take the 20 minute bus ride to the shore near her hometown. Today, Marietta and her her partner, Klaudia Kalita, have the sea on their doorstep … and it was one of the main reasons for their move to Kirkcaldy. In the latest of our business profiles, we discover another independent business who has chosen to invest in our town … the new Folk Love polish cafe and restaurant …

KGASS: Introducing Giuseppe and Marco

Kirkcaldy Gilbert & Sullivan Society are delighted to introduce Giuseppe and Marco, the company mascots for their 2020 production of The Gondoliers at The Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy.

Focusing on Kirkcaldy …

In the latest of our business profiles, we look at one of the best known national names in town. We caught up with Lindsay Cooke at Vision Express to get a clearer picture …

CBD on the High Street …

It is difficult to pick up a paper or turn on a radio or TV station and not hear of someone espousing the benefits of CBD oil. It has been all over the news in recent weeks … and now it is available on Kirkcaldy’s High Street.

And a cherry on top …

The latest in our profiles of great independent Kirkcaldy businesses visits Gail Cadogan in the Merchants’ Quarter. Gail was brought up in Kirkcaldy and went to Balwearie High School. Today, she lives in Kinghorn with her family and runs a unique business in the town – Mycherrypie. We caught up with Gail to discover more …

EDA Turkish Restaurant

Dine with a sea view at the traditional Turkish Restaurant EDA at 51 High Street, Kirkcaldy.

Kirkcaldy’s Green Team

Greener Kirkcaldy is a community-led charity working locally to benefit Kirkcaldy’s people and our environment. The group began around the same time as Kirkcaldy4All  – and we have worked with them as partners of various projects and also help to publicise their great work. We caught up with them to discover more …

Balance in your life …

We’re creating and sharing Blogs to help profile businesses in Kirkcaldy. The latest – Balance Fife – features Wendy Brown and her work that aims “to improve well-being and provide a treatment that will help relax and de-stress” …