Big companies get noticed and shouted about on all social platforms; but what about the small local companies that maybe only use Facebook as their main platform?
We all need to shop local to keep the economy going, support our communities and avoid the big companies taking the market share

Over the month of December we will be sharing and promoting local companies that deserve recognition for their wonderful products and services.  Below you will find each of these companies and links to their social platforms – you may find something for your loved one (or yourself) that is that little bit different and special <3

Avenue One 

WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/HbErin/

Erin opened her salon at the top of Townhill Road in Dunfermline almost 10 years ago after being a home hairdresser.

Bridge Systems Ltd Marketing Assistant Emma, has been visiting Erin for about 13 years.

 “I wouldn’t go anywhere else; As well as hair, Avenue One also provide nail appointments, makeup application and brow treatments. It’s a one stop shop for all your hair and beauty needs!”

 Avenue One is a friendly, welcoming salon and nothing is too much trouble for any of the therapists.

DP Doors and Windows

WEBSITE: https://www.dpwindowsanddoors.co.uk/

DP Windows and Doors Limited are installers of quality UPVC windows, throughout Fife, and Scotland. 

Paul, the owner will help you decide on the perfect product for you home and offers a free, no obligation quote. 

DP Windows and Doors offer an installation service with high standard workmanship and friendly service. 

If you are looking to replace your window or doors give DP Doors and Windows a call

Dutch signs

WEBSITE: https://dutchsigns.co.uk/

“Dutch signs are a full-service signage and graphics company based in Inverkeithing, Fife. 

They provide cost effective signage on a range of products like banners, vehicle livery, vinyl, and clothing. 

David, the owner of Dutch Signs, is very knowledgeable and always on hand to advise and help. 

Their work is of a high standard, we highly recommend Dutch Signs for any printing jobs you may have in the future”.

Ecopartisans

 WEBSITE: https://www.ecopartisans.com/

They make natural shampoo and conditioner bars along with lovely soaps. 

“I have never used a shampoo or conditioner bar that works as well as these do! Andrew the owner missed the post so delivered my order himself tonight, such a lovely touch to an already brilliant we company” Kathleen Elliott, Marketing Director at Bridge Systems Ltd

If you are looking for wee bits for Christmas have a look at their website

Freddie Steady Go Dog Walking

WEBSITE: https://www.freddiesteadygo.co.uk/

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=freddie%20steady%20go%20dog%20walking

“FSG are a dog walking service in Dunfermline.  Kevin started his business a few years ago after Freddie their handsome wire haired Vizsla came into their lives and Kev needed a change of career from driving buses.

There are many dog walkers out there, but Kev is different; not only does he walk and take care of each dog-client he has, with the help of his wife, pictures of the dogs enjoying their walks are added to social media daily.  Pooches get well looked after, washed when the weather is rubbish, and they even get a wee birthday treat on their special day. 

The love and attention that is given to each dog shines through <3.

Give Kev a call if you need a dog walker – He is a wee gem.

Funky Chunky Beanies

WEBSITE:

https://funkychunkybeanies.co.uk/

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/funkychunkybeanies

“We came across SJ and her hats after a friend promoted her business.

He had needed hat for his dog walking business (Freddie Steady Go) and SJ made them to tie in with his brand colours. 

Kathleen at Bridge Systems Ltd decided to buy one and was not disappointed! 

“The hats are well made, so cosy and warm and because you can choose your colour and design, they are unique too!”

Go Escape 

WEBSITE: https://goescape.uk/

Keith and Lindsay run Go Escape in Dunfermline.  Go escape is an immersible, problem-solving game ideal for hen and stags, team building, kids parties or even just to kick start a night out.

 Your team is locked in a room with only 60 minutes to escape…everything you need to escape is in the room. Use your problem-solving skills and powers of observation to follow the clues, solve the puzzles, find the key, and escape.

Go Escape have three differently themed puzzle rooms, Prisoner, Home Guard and Murder at the Manor.

Have a look on the Go Escape website to find out more and make a booking.

Little Thistle Shop

WEBSITE: https://littlethistle.co.uk/

The Little Thistle gift shop in Eastport, Dunfermline sell a great selection of unusual and bespoke gifts, many with a Scottish theme. From Jewellery, candles, ornaments and art, this wee place is great if you are looking for a present or something a wee bit different.

Stuck for Christmas gifts? pop in and have a look.

Millbarista

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/Millbarista

This lesser-known café is situated at 58 High Street, Inverkeithing (directly across the road from the old Hat and Ribbon Bar)

Karen the owner, sources locally grown ingredients and bases a lot of her menu on seasonal fruit and vegetables. 

Karen’s menu is homemade and caters for all dietary requirements and the food is so fresh and delicious.

Bridge Systems Ltd have used Millbarista for a buffet lunch for meetings and the range of sandwiches was extensive and the scones and cream were delicious!

Karen is very accommodating and manages to cater for every need!

Must be Crackers

 WEBSITE: https://mustbecrackers.co.uk/

Must be Crackers is a newly opened wee shop, in the heart of Dunfermline on the High Street.

Aileen and her family recently opened this super deli selling a great selection of delicatessen foods such as breads, cheeses, pastries, and lots of other delicious goodies! 

They stock local produce too including products from The Wee Tea Company https://weeteacompany.com/  another local company who make hand blended premium teas, coffees, and hot chocolate since 2012.

These companies and others just like them are just what Dunfermline needs to give the high street a boost.

Name Droppers Embroidery 

WEBSITE: https://namedroppersembroidery.com/

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/namesdroppersltd

Namedroppers is an established machine embroidery company which has supported Scottish businesses for more than 25 years,

We thought it time Bridgge Systems Ltd showed our support to them!

Namedroppers is a family business, and they embroider everything from their showroom in Cowdenbeath;  everything from work wear, t-shirts, polo shirts, kids wear and more! They aren’t afraid of a challenge and ‘knock it out the park’ every time.

Prost Coffee

WEBSITE:  https://www.abbothouse.org/coffee-shop/

The independent coffee shop formerly known as ‘Blend’ is in the Abbot House, Maygate, Dunfermline. 

The cafe sells delicious coffee, scones (the best this side of the Meedies), it is dog friendly and great for a light lunch too in a cosy comfortable atmosphere.

Whilst there you can immerse yourself in Abbott House itself, Dunfermline’s oldest house steeped in a rich heritage dating back to at least the 16th century, visit the historic Dunfermline Abbey, attend a workshop and even have book a World War II themes Go Escape game (Go Escape)

Not just your average trip for a cuppa!

R&M Junior Drive Fife

WEBSITE: https://www.maxpass.co.uk/juniordrive.html

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100028153675410

R & M Junior Drive provide driving lessons with a difference!

These lessons are aimed at 11–17-year-olds! In a controlled environment in Fife, qualified instructors teach the kids how to manoeuvre, brake, steer, change gears and navigate junctions.

Our very own office junior, Lucy, used R & M Junior Drive to build up her confidence before taking her test and she passed first time with flying colours!

Sketching Fife

WEBSITE: https://carashanleyart.wordpress.com

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/sketchingfife

Sketching Fife was created in 2020 by Cara Shanley who challenged herself to draw a different sketch of Fife, every day, for a whole year!

Cara now produces original artworks, illustrations, gifts and merchandise across a wide variety of styles, media and themes.

Fife is such a beautiful place to live and we are very lucky to have these places on our doorstep.

Cara brings a stunning perspective to our wonderful county.

The Scottish Deer Centre

WEBSITE: https://scottishdeercentre.co.uk

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/thescottishdeercentre

The Deer Centre has been around for as long as we can remember!

Days out to the deer centre as a kid are vivid memories that always hit Emma, Marketing Assistant, when she goes back with her own kids,.

The Deer Centre have twelve species of deer and animals such as wolves, lynx, Scottish wildcats and the European brown bears!

The keepers provide daily feeding talks and tours as well as falconry shows, where the birds fly right over your head. The Deer centre also have a couple of play parks and have recently incorporated Muddy Boots into their park as it went into administration  – another stark reminder that we need to keep these kinds of places open for our kids and future generations!

The Deer centre hold events all throughout the year and at the moment it is pay pas you please which means any amount of money you can give, goes towards keeping the park open.

It’s a fun day out for all the family!

Stag Design

WEBSITE: https://www.stagdesign.co.uk

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/stagdesigns

Stag Designs are a small team in Dunfermline who design and makes high quality products for many different occasions such as Christmas, birthday gifts and weddings.

They specialise in a whisky wood range showing the beauty of repurposed whisky casks making products such as watch stands, clocks, cuff links and more.

They provide an amazing service, and the products are beautifully gift wrapped.

Communication is fantastic and the product quality is beautiful.

The Cunneen Cake Company

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/thecunneencakecompany

The Cunneen Cake Company is a small family run bakery in Rosyth who specialise in homemade cakes and cupcakes.

From birthday cakes and wedding cakes to cupcakes for a little office treat, The Cunneen Cake Company have you covered!

Shop bought birthday cakes are not a patch on a homemade so give The Cunneen Cake Company a shout the next time it is someones special day.

West Fife Show

WEBSITE: https://www.westfifeshow.com

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/officialwestfifeshow

The West Fife Show takes place every summer in Crossgates, Fife and is one of the oldest agricultural shows in Scotland.

They host livestock competitions, machinery dealerships and showcase craft marquees.

This is a fun day out for all the family, with baby animals and a climb on tractor for the kids.

Woodlea Farm Shop

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook,com/woodleastables

Woodlea Farm Shop is a small bakery, fruit and veg and local produce store in Dunfermline (on the back road between Fordell and Crossgates)

From home baked bread to fresh eggs and delicious cakes, Woodlea has everything you would expect from a local farm shop.

There is something for all the family, from the outdoor café to the selection of animals you can feed. Woodlea host lots of different events for the little kids (and big kids) all throughout the year.

Both Bridge Systems Ltd Directors, Mike Deery and Jennifer Walker, often pop into Woodlea for bread eggs and other lovely bits and pieces.

Zsa Zsa Zsu Balloons and Events

WEBSITE: https://zsazsazsuballoonsandevents.co.uk

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/zsazsazsuballoonsevents

Zsa Zsa Zsu Balloons and Events are a friendly shop in Dalgety Bay who provide all items for any party!

Balloons which are personalised in house, banners, and a friendly face when you enter the shop.

Ang (the owner) prides herself on using biodegradable balloons and is passionate about preserving the environment.

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