Work­shop pro­gramme un­der way

The Oban Times - - Business -

AR­GYLL and Bute Coun­cil’s Busi­ness Gate­way will kick off its au­tumn pro­gramme of free work­shops with a range of top­ics to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses.

A one- day busi­ness start-up work­shop will be held in Oban on Tues­day Septem­ber 15. For those think­ing about self­em­ploy­ment, this work­shop helps at­ten­dees de­velop their ideas into a prac­ti­cal and ef­fec­tive plan for start­ing a new busi­ness.

‘Prac­ti­cal Ba­sic Book­keep­ing’ is aimed at those new to busi­ness with lit­tle or no for­mal train­ing in book-keep­ing and will help par­tic­i­pants keep ac­cu­rate fi­nan­cial records.

Places are still avail­able in Lochgilp­head on Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 23.

To book a place or to find out more con­tact the Busi­ness Gate­way team on 01546 604555 or email busi­ness. gate­way@ar­gyll

More work­shops will be added to the sched­ule soon, in­clud­ing a host of new top­ics such as public re­la­tions and advertising, selling skills, pric­ing for profit and fund­ing a busi­ness.

Lo­cal busi­nesses at Best of the West Fes­ti­val

ANY­ONE look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion from lo­cal craft en­trepreneurs can head to the Best of the West Fes­ti­val which takes place on Satur­day Septem­ber 12 and Sun­day Septem­ber 13 at In­ver­aray Castle.

Mid Ar­gyll-based glass­maker Kirsty Brady will be show­cas­ing hand­made goods from her busi­ness, A Touch of Glass, on the Sun­day.

Mem­bers of the lo­cal Busi­ness Gate­way team will also be on hand to talk about the sup­port avail­able for any­one want­ing to start up or grow a busi­ness. Skinny Sketcher, Sea Tree, Hiya Pal, Moine Mhor Jew­ellery and Fyne Sil­ver will all join A Touch of Glass over the course of the week­end to sell their prod­ucts in the Busi­ness Gate­way-spon­sored craft tent.

Ten­der­ing for public sec­tor con­tracts

AR­GYLL and Bute Coun­cil’s Busi­ness Gate­way team is keen to re­mind busi­nesses and third sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions based in Ar­gyll and Bute that they can ac­cess a free range of sup­port to help them ten­der for public sec­tor con­tracts.

The sup­plier de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme (SDP) helps busi­nesses im­prove their per­for­mance in win­ning con­tracts with public sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions, by pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion, news and events that ex­plain the pro­cure­ment process and help them to pre­pare.

The sup­port on of­fer in­cludes ac­cess to a pro­gramme of free train­ing work­shops and events, tar­geted at dif­fer­ent lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence, from those who are con­sid­er­ing ten­der­ing but have not done so yet, to those who have ten­dered un­suc­cess­fully, to those who are al­ready sup­ply­ing the public sec­tor.

There is a range of tai­lored in­for­ma­tion and guides avail­able from the SDP web­site, de­signed to de­mys­tify the pro­cure­ment process and break through the jar­gon.

In ad­di­tion, quar­terly news­let­ters and reg­u­lar email alerts pro­vide up­dates and in­for­ma­tion on op­por­tu­ni­ties.

To ac­cess this free sup­port, busi­nesses and third sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions need to register their de­tails at www. sdp­scot­

A new range of work­shops will be launched in the au­tumn and reg­is­tered busi­nesses will au­to­mat­i­cally be sent de­tails.

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