January, 2019

North-East Fife 2019

2019 will offer opportunities as well as challenges for businesses operating in North-East Fife.


Many of the factors, good and bad, influencing the business environment here will come from outside the area, such as Brexit and the Tay Cities Deal, but others will come from or be influenced by Fife Council and the University of St Andrews.

Gordon Mole, Chief Officer, Economy, Planning and Employability at Fife Council.

Gordon Mole, Chief Officer, Economy, Planning and Employability at Fife Council gave an overview of the Tay Cities Deal and the Fife economy – its history, ambitions, challenges, goals and the strategy being used to deliver them – as well as the Fife perspective on Brexit.

Professor Brad MacKay, Vice-Principal, International, Strategy and External Relations at the University of St Andrews.

Professor Brad MacKay, Vice-Principal, International, Strategy and External Relations at the University of St Andrews talked about its success to date and economic impact locally, regionally and nationally and how the new University Strategy and Eden Campus will help it build on this success over the next five years.

Thanks to them both for sharing their expertise and the Members, Guests & Visitors who attended.

For more photos, go to the Album on our Facebook page.

NEXT EVENT: The Club’s next event is February 13: Business growth from Research-based Innovation when Dr Lorna Howarth of KTN & Paul Kyle of CIK Solutions will tell you how to achieve that.

How to use research for innovation and business growth

People doing business in North-East Fife can learn how to use research to drive innovation and business growth at St Andrews Business Club’s next event on February 13.


In the joint event with Business Gateway Fife, to be held at the Old Course Hotel from 5.30pm, business people will hear from Dr Lorna Howarth of KTN and Paul Kyle of CIK Solutions.

Dr Howarth is the Knowledge Transfer Advisor for Fife & Tayside for Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). A highly-experienced knowledge transfer and open innovation specialist, she provides support to companies wishing to benefit from grant funding offered by the UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership program and will explain how to connect with researchers and have your business benefit from knowledge transfer.

Paul Kyle works with businesses to drive performance and organisational optimisation. His specialisms include R&D Tax Credits. He will provide a deeper understanding of how innovation within business can be funded – specifically the value of HMRC’s R&D Tax Credit scheme as a source of funding.

Anyone wanting to learn about this important business topic for business, as well as network, is asked to book via Eventbrite.


Member News – Stan & Ollie – the 9th fine movie Scaramanga has gotten into!

A poster for Stan & Ollie, which includes an antique suitcase supplied by Scaramanga.

Cupar vintage specialist Scaramanga, founded and run by Club Member Carl Morenikeji, is on Cloud Nine after one of its antique suitcases is used in a ‘significant’ scene in the new Laurel & Hardy biopic Stan & Ollie, released in the UK last Friday.


The film is the ninth Hollywood or major UK movie to use products from the Cupar-based firm in seven years. It stars Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy and follows the comedy legends’ ill-starred variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. It was written by Philomena screenwriter Jeff Pope and was filmed at Pinewood Studios, Dudley, Bristol and Worthing.

The new role for the Cupar vintage specialist came about when a props buyer who’d sourced items for 2015 movie Pan from Scaramanga called owner Carl Morenikeji in December 2016 looking for a period suitcase urgently for a “a significant scene”. Carl was able to supply a very large 1920s/’30s brown leather suitcase with corner-protecting patches and leather internal straps.

The large antique suitcase supplied by Scaramanga to Stan & Ollie.

Now Carl and the staff at Scaramanga are waiting with bated breath to see what role their case plays in the film, which reveals the tensions in the relationship between the comedy legends.

Major movies

Other major movie supply roles for the Fife firm have included last summer’s Mama Mia! Here We Go Again, Paddington 2, Maleficent, Victoria & Abdul, Pan, The Legend of Tarzan and Dark Shadows.

The company, which also sells its bags, vintage furniture and homewares online and in its Cupar store, has also been used as a supplier of vintage and antique props for TV shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Peaky Blinders, The Crystal Maze, Celebrity Big Brother, Jericho, Hollyoaks and 60 Minute Makeover.

Speaking about the firm’s latest silver screen success, Carl Morenikeji said: “It’s great to see another of our products chosen for a key role in another fine film. Although this is the ninth major movie to feature our products, we’re as excited as we were the first time.

“I’ve been a fan of Laurel and Hardy since I was a child and have visited the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Ulverston, Cumbria.

“We recently decided to stock even more of this kind of vintage travel case and trunks as they’re becoming more popular for use as home storage, so anyone wanting to buy something similar can do so on our website. Or pop into our store on the outskirts of Cupar to see these and other items just like those we’ve sold to film and TV productions.”

Vintage fans can see the full range of Scaramanga trunks, chests, homewares and bags on their website at www.scaramangashop.co.uk

They can also walk around its Cupar store in Google Street View® via its Google Street View Trusted® tour at https://goo.gl/maps/vi7oYKCxck92

Member News – Powercases sails RYA member deal across the line

The Powercases Marine Jumpstarter.

Members of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) can from today buy cutting-edge off-grid power products at privileged prices after a young Scottish company started by a St Andrews Business Club Member sailed its way to its second deal with a well-established brand.


Created this year, Dundee-based Powercases (Scotland) Ltd has a partnership to exclusively represent the Canadian Powercases brand in Europe. Since 2012 Powercases has created state-of-the-art Lithium-Ion rechargeable power packs and cases for devices such as phones and laptops as well as jump-starters for cars, motorcycles and boats.

The Scottish firm, headed by sales coach Peter Waggott, will from today offer a range of its products to the more than 110,000 members of the Royal Yachting Association at privileged prices via Staples Solutions UK, with which it recently entered into a supplier agreement.

Speaking about the deal, Peter Waggott said: “We’re delighted to be accepted as a recognised Member Reward Partner by the Royal Yachting Association – the national body for all forms of recreational, competitive and professional boating in the UK.


“Having power on demand when you’re at sea is crucial. Our products allow sailors to stay connected wherever they are and our Marine Jump Starter battery allows you to check your running lights with the mast down – the first product to offer that feature.

“We’re already talking with other trusted brands and expect to be announcing more similar agreements with major, trusted and well-established names in their sectors in the coming months.”

Powercases in Canada is in advanced talks with Kia Canada to offer its range of products via dealerships there. It’s looking to do the same in the UK.

RYA Members can take advantage of this great new offer by visiting the Powercases Member Benefits page for their exclusive discount code www.rya.org.uk/go/powercases

For more about Powercases, go to https://uk.powercases.com

Member News – Powercases helping GB Snowsports Coach #GoBeyond for winning edge in World Championships training

Powercases Brand Ambassador Jamie Matthew using the 2-in-1 Phone Case Charger during training.

Portable power products brought to Europe by a young Scottish company headed by a Club member are helping the Scot coaching GB Snowsport’s top park and pipe World Championship hopes use his video camera and phone longer on the slopes to help them gain a winning edge.


Started last year, Dundee-based Powercases (Scotland) Ltd has a partnership to exclusively represent the Canadian Powercases brand in Europe.

The Scottish firm, headed by sales coach and Club Member Peter Waggott, last October arranged for the GB Snowsport Park and Pipe Freeski Head Coach Jamie Matthew (31), from Kirriemuir, to test its 2-in-1 Phone Case Charger and Universal Charger products during training in Austria.


Jamie was so impressed with their ability to extend how long he can use his phone and video camera on the slopes for performance analysis in sub-zero temperatures that he agreed a one-year rolling contract as ambassador for the brand in November.

Since then he’s been promoting the products via Instagram posts to his more than 2,400 followers and in person to the athletes. He’s also giving the company product feedback to improve their performance even further.

Jamie said: “I’m using the Powercases 2-in-1 Phone Case Charger to keep my phone charged on the hill and the Universal Charger to keep the camera charged.

“I film the athletes in practice and go over their planned runs with them prior to competition. Having a fully-charged video camera is essential in this review process. It allows the athletes a direct visual aid in helping to make final tweaks and decisions on game plans.


“The temperatures in Colorado average around -15 to -20C in December, so the powerbanks’ ability to keep them fully functional in the extreme cold is a godsend as it avoids having to take breaks to change batteries or recharge.

“It’s also very important to keep my phone charged during competition as that’s how I keep an eye on the live scoring and  make judgement calls throughout including any changes in strategy. It also allows me to keep in close contact with management back at HQ – to co-ordinate any media-related information or pass on info to our medical team.”

Jamie, who was one of two coaches who trained teen Izzy Atkin to Britain’s first Olympic skiing medal at PyeongChang last year, is a former ski slopestyle and half pipe skier. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire from competitive skiing in 2012 after shattering both heels in an accident. But his talent is so great he was immediately offered a coaching post.

Jamie had competed at European and world level before his injury, but at that time they weren’t Olympic events. He won some European-level competitions. Jamie has been instrumental in nurturing the talent of Izzy Atkin and James Woods.

Speaking about the deal and Jamie’s role, Peter Waggott said: “I’m delighted our products are playing an important role in helping our GB Snowsports stars go for gold.

“Jamie is a fantastic ambassador for our brand and a pretty good photographer too. We’re excited to be supporting him and the team.”

You can see Jamie’s posts at https://www.instagram.com/jamie_matthew15/


For more about Powercases, go to https://uk.powercases.com

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