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 …

Kirkcaldy’s Capital Showcase 2019

This is something new. We have been heartened by the number of independent businesses choosing to make Kirkcaldy their home. In the last 18 months, more than 20 have either arrived in town – or expanded – all investing in Kirkcaldy’s future. It is their free spirit that is helping to shape our approach to reposition the town as a place ‘to do business’. It is their thinking that led to us developing the Citizens’ Lab – to better engage with all those who have a stake in the town. So we want to celebrate them. And what better way to do so that to provide a trail that takes you around the businesses … from boutiques to bistros, arts & crafts to sportswear, health & beauty to bridalwear, hairdressers to collectables … and includes a unique exhibition at The Kirkcaldy Centre, all leading up to Adam Smith’s birthday.

Become a Queen of Kings …

The latest in our profile of great Kirkcaldy businesses focuses on Amy King Bridal & Beauty. We caught up with Amy to discover more about the person behind the business …

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 …