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Written by Michaela Millar

On the 30th September we are thrilled to be hosting the 4th Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) Successful Succession event. The event is aimed towards business owners and advisors who are considering the move to Employee Ownership as a succession option just like we had almost 2 years ago now! If you would like to come along, please get in touch to register.


We will kick off at 10am with a brief welcome, followed by a tour of our facility and then various talks. Richard Tough, former owner, will begin by discussing the company’s history and the reasons for choosing the employee ownership model.  The transaction  will be discussed by our Chairman, Nick Kuenssberg. Lastly, our Elected Employee Director, John Palmer will give the employee perspective on the transition.  The audience will then be given the opportunity to put questions to our panel comprising of the speakers and representatives from the workforce.


As it’s our 150th birthday, there will be a special Scottish themed lunch complete with birthday cake along with our Big Macmillan Coffee Morning. At this point employees will join in and talk to the guests. It is expected that the event will close around 1pm.



 In preparation for the event, CDS have kindly presented us with their thoughts on Employee Ownership and it is well worth a read!


“Research demonstrates that employee owned companies tend to be more productive and profitable than similar companies with more conventional ownership structures, and have happier employees and customers.  From an economic development perspective, businesses owned by their employees are more likely to remain in their local area, providing jobs and opportunities for local people who will spend their cash in their communities. 


This is a particularly sensitive time for Scotland’s economy as we are very much a nation of SME’s and family businesses. The recession put the brakes on business sales and as the economy improves, more business owners are looking to sell. The worry is that if these businesses sell to a company based abroad, then Scotland loses not only the company but all of the jobs and future opportunities.


Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) is the arm of Scottish Enterprise tasked with promoting employee ownership as a business model.  This year, CDS is running a campaign called Successful Succession which targets these business owners and seeks to show them that there is an alternative to a trade sale; sell to the employees.   We are absolutely delighted that Scott & Fyfe is participating in this campaign. 


Employee ownership has helped Scott & Fyfe transfer from a family business providing an exit route for the former owners.  The event gives Scott & Fyfe the opportunity to showcase how the move helped stabilize the company’s activities and ensure the business remained rooted in Tayport.  It hasn’t always been a smooth ride for Scott & Fyfe but the future is now looking brighter.”


If you would like any more information about the event then please get in touch with us! For more on employee ownership in general have a look at the CDS website:

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September 15th, 2014 - Tayport, Fife - This week No Dig Live will play host to the preview of the new Alphashield liner by Scott & Fyfe.


The Alphashield liner is a new innovation in seamless textile liners for the fast assistance of pipe rehabilitation systems. With a unique tubular knitted 100% glass structure,  Alphashield is an extremely flexible product that offers a perfect solution for the repair of defective pipes with multiple bends of up to 90°. As a virtually fold free product, Alphashield provides an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to time-consuming excavation works.


Offered in sizes of DN50 to DN250, Alphashield can be used to restore most defective pipes. The 100% knitted glass structure provides additional reinforcement and can be provided in various thicknesses to suit your end application.


You can view the Alphashield liner on the Fluvius stand - 101 inside the No Dig Live exhibition in Peterborough from the 16th -18th September.


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Written by Megan Barry

I started my placement at Scott & Fyfe this year under the IDTC training programme. The IDTC is a programme which helps young people to get experience in the workplace by assisting them in gaining placements. I had worked in different areas before such as healthcare and the construction industry but I didn’t feel like they were for me. During my placement at Scott & Fyfe I carried out market research tasks to support the Pod Managers and really enjoyed the new challenge!


After my placement I was offered a temporary contract to work as ‘Market Insight & Sales Representative’ as part of the Pipe Fabric Technology Pod (PFT). In this role I analysed the Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP) market as a whole and drew conclusions on how Scott & Fyfe should proceed.


Other duties in the role included helping out with the Marketing Communications for a new product: Alphashield


One of the highlights has been providing factory tours and assisting with academic courses we held for blue chip companies. Here I was able to teach groups the design tools we use in Scott & Fyfe and that was really exciting!!


After I completed my placement in the PFT Pod, I was delighted to be offered a permanent contract as ‘Production and Quality Co-ordinator’ as part of the new Productionisation Team in the company. My role is to be in charge of all trials being processed, ensuring that they all run smoothly and to the specifications required. It will be a great new challenge but I am confident it will be great. 

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Written by Michaela Millar

We are pleased to announce the introduction of Polymat FR, an extensive chopped glass mat designed for RTM applications, as a new addition to our highly successful Polymat range.


The product will be targeted at applications requiring the highest level of fire performance, like rail interior parts that must comply with standards such as EN 45545.


Polymat FR is comprised of a 100% glass core, which is sandwiched between two layers of chopped strand mat. Typically, laminates will achieve up to 40% by weight glass ratio, allowing for high strength laminates. The product is also designed to offer fast and efficient resin flow, improving reliability of production when used with highly filled resins.


Commenting on the launch of this innovative textile product, Paul McMullan, Business Manager states that “early response from the market has been very positive and we are excited about the position this product will take within the fire performance composites segment”.


For more information please visit:

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Written by Alison Donald

After 49 years with Scott & Fyfe our Electrical Supervisor, John Pate, retires.


John joined the company in 1965, following his father who had joined 10 years earlier.  John has worked at Scott & Fyfe since leaving school - and met his wife June here.  Between John, his dad and June they have 115 years service.


John's family joined us at his retiral presentation on Thursday 24th June when the many friends he has made at the company exchanged memories of his time here and wished him well for the future.  He will be greatly missed by his close team of engineers and the whole workforce. He kept the team together and was always willing to help!  His passion, determination and good spirit has played a big role in the Scott & Fyfe history.


We wish John continuing good health and great happiness in his well earned retirement.


JEP team

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