Lochaber Ideas Week

In­vig­o­rat­ing busi­ness in the High­land 16-20 NOVEM­BER 2015 Ideas + ac­tion = SUC­CESS

The Oban Times - - Lochaber Ideas Week -

En­trepreneurs will gather in Lochaber from Novem­ber 16-20 for the third an­nual Ideas Week. The event spans a num­ber of lo­ca­tions, and in­cludes com­pe­ti­tions, talks, work­shops and net­work­ing events. Les­ley Ben­field, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer for the Lochaber Cham­ber of Com­merce said: ‘We've learnt from past Ideas Weeks that when peo­ple share ideas and work to­gether, amaz­ing things start to hap­pen. Ideas Week is for ev­ery­one – busi­nesses from one man bands, elec­tri­cians, web de­sign­ers work­ing from home and in­ven­tors, to re­tail­ers, vis­i­tor at­trac­tions, ac­com­mo­da­tion providers, food and drink pro­duc­ers or larger busi­nesses with many em­ploy­ees. There's also lots go­ing on for young peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties.’ The week kicks off on Mon­day, Novem­ber 16, with ‘Cre­at­ing New In­ter­na­tional Mar­kets for Tex­tiles, Craft and Fash­ion,’ at Ben Ne­vis Ho­tel start­ing at 10am. At 3pm at the Moor­ings Ho­tel ‘Around Lochaber in 80 Ta­bles’ will fea­ture 15- minute power meet­ings. Mo­ti­va­tional speaker, quadru­ple am­putee, moun­taineer, marathon run­ner and author Jamie An­drew will present ‘ Noth­ing is Im­pos­si­ble’ at the Moor­ings at 7pm.

On Tues­day, the fo­cus is max­imis­ing in­come in a world of fast chang­ing tech­nol­ogy in a ses­sion from 1.30 to 3.30pm at the Moor­ings en­ti­tled ‘ Book­ing Suc­cess in a Chang­ing World,’ run by Fort Wil­liam Ac­com­mo­da­tion Mar­ket­ing Groups in as­so­ci­a­tion with FreeToBook. Also on Tues­day, doll de­signer Cor­rine O’Ha­gan of Croft Bears will present ‘21st Cen­tury Crafts.’

On Wed­nes­day at 9.30am, The Alexan­dra Ho­tel will host ‘ The Sci­ence of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion: The Psy­chol­ogy Be­hind In­flu­enc­ing Change.’ An­other in­ter­ac­tive work­shop will be held at The Alexan­dra at 1pm, en­ti­tled ‘ Lead­ing Change: Us­ing Pos­i­tive Psy­chol­ogy to Cre­ate An En­gaged, Cre­ative Work­force.’

Thurs­day con­tin­ues with more ex­cit­ing work­shops, be­gin­ning at 10am with ‘Com­mu­nity Cur­ren­cies’ at Ben Ne­vis Dis­tillery. Mean­while, at 10am at the Moor­ings Ho­tel, the short, in­ter­ac­tive work­shop ‘ How Vol­un­teer­ing can ben­e­fit you and your busi­ness’ will look at the third sec­tor. Also at the Moor­ings, at 1pm, Colin Kelly presents ‘ Hot 100 Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing Tips,’ in a fast- paced ses­sion about on­line busi­ness.

Thurs­day af­ter­noon sees the much-an­tic­i­pated Dragon’s Glen com­pe­ti­tion. In­spired by the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion show, the com­pe­ti­tion is open to bud­ding en­trepreneurs over the age of 16 with an as­pi­ra­tion to start a busi­ness ven­ture in Lochaber. Be­gin­ning at 2pm at West High­land Col­lege UHI, four fi­nal­ists will pitch their ideas for a chance to win the £7,500 Foundation Scot­land prize, plus £600 worth of free re­cruit­ment and busi­ness sup­port from Hi­jobs.

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 20, at West High­land Col­lege, the Rt Hon. Lord Wal­lace of Tanker­ness QC will present the In­au­gu­ral Charles Kennedy Me­mo­rial Lecture, fol­low­ing a re­cep­tion at 5pm. All are wel­come. The week will cul­mi­nate in the for­mal Ideas Week Din­ner and Awards evening at the Alexan­dra Ho­tel at 8pm, fea­tur­ing a three- course meal with lo­cally sourced pro­duce. The guest speaker is Chris­tian Macleod, 23-year- old ‘Ac­ces­sory De­signer of the Year’ and pro­fes­sional golfer. Awards will be pre­sented in the cat­e­gories of Lo­cal Hero, Busi­ness of the Year, Small Busi­ness of the Year, Most Promis­ing New Busi­ness and Pro­ducer of the Year. To book for this and all other events, visit www. Eventbrite.com and search ‘ Ideas Week.’

‘ Ideas Week aims to be Lochaber's an­nual plat­form for shar­ing ideas and build­ing long- last­ing busi­ness and com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ships’ Les­ley said. ‘ We are stag­ing some ter­rific events, as well as build­ing long- last­ing busi­ness and com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ships. Come along and en­joy friendly, re­laxed ses­sions and learn some top tips along the way’.

Lochaber Ideas Week runs in par­al­lel with Global En­trepreneur­ship Week and Scot­land’s Towns Week. Many of the ses­sions are free. Visit the Lochaber Ideas Week Face­book page for in­for­ma­tion and up­dates.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.