Gateway team and development chief host series of Argyll meetings and workshops
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. email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.