Gate­way team and devel­op­ment chief host se­ries of Ar­gyll meet­ings and work­shops

The Oban Times - - Business -

FER­GUS Mur­ray, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s Head of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment and Strate­gic Trans­porta­tion, is host­ing a se­ries of in­for­mal busi­ness brief­ings across the area, in­clud­ing a busi­ness break­fast at the Cor­ran Halls on Tues­day Novem­ber 17 from 8.30am to 10am

Fer­gus will be out­lin­ing the coun­cil’s ap­proach to en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to live, work and in­vest in Ar­gyll and Bute. The ses­sions are an op­por­tu­nity for small and medium-sized busi­ness own­ers to put their ques­tions to Fer­gus, raise any is­sues that im­pact their busi­ness and to net­work with other busi­nesses in the area.

The Busi­ness Gate­way team will also be on hand to talk about the sup­port it of­fers. Any­one want­ing to at­tend should email busi­ness. gate­way@ar­ or call 01546 604 555. Ses­sions will also run in Camp­bel­town, In­ver­aray, Dunoon and He­lens­burgh.

New work­shops and new train­ers

AR­GYLL and Bute Coun­cil’s Busi­ness Gate­way is mid way through its au­tumn work­shop sched­ule, with free busi­ness skills work­shops be­ing held in Oban as well as across Ar­gyll and Bute.

Any small busi­ness owner look­ing to boost their skills should book now to en­sure they get a place.

‘Busi­ness Gate­way has in­creased the range of work­shop top­ics avail­able based on feed­back from lo­cal busi­nesses,’ con­firmed Coun­cil­lor Aileen Mor­ton, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s pol­icy lead for sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth.

‘All the work­shops are free of charge and I would en­cour­age any small busi­ness owner to get in touch to find out how they could ben­e­fit. Last year there were more than 800 at­ten­dees across more than 100 Busi­ness Gate­way work­shops de­liv­ered in this area and the pro­gramme of sup­port will be even more var­ied this year.’

The Bet­ter Busi­ness Web­sites work­shop run­ning in Oban on Novem­ber 25 is a half- day work­shop for busi­nesses al­ready on­line but look­ing to get more from their web­site.

It ex­am­ines how to make a web­site bet­ter through de­sign, con­tent, ease of use and search en­gine op­ti­mi­sa­tion.

This new work­shop is be­ing de­liv­ered for Busi­ness Gate­way by Gary En­nis, founder of NS De­sign Ltd, an award-win­ning dig­i­tal agency. Gary has de­liv­ered hun­dreds of dig­i­tal work­shops for Busi­ness Gate­way across Scot­land and is a former Dig­i­tal Tech­nol­ogy Awards Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year.

The In­tro­duc­tion to Trad­ing On­line work­shop has been up­dated and will fo­cus on the ba­sics re­quired for busi­nesses want­ing to sell prod­ucts on­line. The work­shop cov­ers how to trade on­line, in­clud­ing the var­i­ous tools, pay­ment op­tions and on­line mar­ket­places avail­able such as eBay, Ama­zon and Etsy. This work­shop will run in In­ver­aray on De­cem­ber 1, also de­liv­ered by Gary En­nis.

The Man­ag­ing and De­vel­op­ing Staff work­shop run­ning in In­ver­aray on De­cem­ber 10 will help busi­ness own­ers re­cruit in­duct, man­age and de­velop staff in a way that helps their busi­ness grow. It will fo­cus on the skills and pro­cesses re­quired to help get the best out of staff, rather than the le­gal as­pects.

It is be­ing de­liv­ered for Busi­ness Gate­way by Karen Mor­rill of Mor­rill PMC Ltd.

Karen is qual­i­fied through the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Per­son­nel and Devel­op­ment and has ex­ten­sive busi­ness and peo­ple man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence. As well as the new work­shops, other es­tab­lished top­ics are back by pop­u­lar de­mand.

Any­one think­ing about start­ing their own busi­ness should join the Busi­ness Start-up work­shop in Oban on De­cem­ber 2 and 3 to help de­velop their ideas into a prac­ti­cal and ef­fec­tive plan. The ‘Prac­ti­cal Ba­sic Book-keep­ing’ work­shops will run on Mull on Novem­ber 25 and in Oban on De­cem­ber 10.

Those new to busi­ness and with lit­tle or no for­mal train­ing in book-keep­ing will ben­e­fit from this work­shop, which pro­vides the start­ing point for good record keep­ing and un­der­stand­ing fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion.

Lastly, busi­nesses want­ing to find out more about be­com­ing a sup­plier to the pub­lic sec­tor can join the Sup­plier Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme’s What the Buyer looks for in your Ten­der work­shop in Lochgilp­head on Novem­ber 24.

This pro­vides an in­sight into buy­ers’ needs and ex­pec­ta­tions and can help in get­ting the high­est score pos­si­ble in a ten­der process.

To book a place or to find out more about the full range of work­shops, con­tact the Busi­ness Gate­way team on 01546 604555 or email busi­ness. gate­way@ar­

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