Fife Business Charter Given Go Ahead
Archived news: published on Thursday 31 May 2018 by Fife Council
Fife Council is committed to supporting all of Fife’s businesses and inclusive growth, so that everyone benefits from a more prosperous economy. To boost local businesses and ensure that no one is left behind, a new charter that sets out Fife Council’s commitment to business has been given the go-ahead.
The council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee members approved the development of a Business Charter today, 31 May.
The Fife Business Charter, which is now being taken forward, is seeking commitment to:
- Increase Fife Council spend with local businesses and promote good employment practice through procurement
- Further develop services across the council (including planning, licensing, environmental health and procurement) for business customers
- Set out what support and levels of service businesses can expect
- Provide information about the council’s services and how to access these
- Connect businesses to the local community.
Poverty and inequality can't be reduced without economic growth. As well as supporting business, the charter backs the council’s drive to develop a Fairer Fife by reducing inequalities and ensuring that everyone benefits. As part of this, the Charter includes an ‘ask’ for employers to provide mental health friendly workplaces.
Fife Council works closely with the Fife Economy Partnership and other business partnerships to support local businesses, and already promotes local jobs, and is piloting the first Living Wage town in the UK for workers in Glenrothes.
Councillor Altany Craik - Convener - Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee , said: “The charter will help us to support both Fife’s existing businesses and new companies attracted to grow within the region by making their contact with the Council easier and more effective. The Charter also links to our wider aim of creating the conditions for and harnessing the benefits of inclusive economic growth as outlined in the Plan for Fife.”
Once produced, the region’s businesses will be encouraged to adopt The Business Charter. Anyone signed up to the Charter will be encouraged to:
- Commit to local recruitment/ employment
- Be a good employer through fair work and pay
- Support local economic growth through investing in the community
- Take an active part in creating employment and training opportunities for young people.
The council will now work with The Fife Economy Partnership and business representative bodies to develop the Charter.
Councillor Altany Craik added: “This Business Charter reinforces our commitment to maximising Fife’s potential and improving the economy for all. We want to work with companies and local people and further promote the creation of employment and training opportunities for local residents, including young people.”