Boost for Oban busi­nesses

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A NEW event to sup­port Ar­gyll and Bute’s busi­ness com­mu­nity and en­cour­age en­ter­prise was an­nounced last week.

High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise has teamed up with Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s Busi­ness Gate­way to host the first Ar­gyll En­ter­prise Week, in Oban, from Oc­to­ber 31 to Novem­ber 4.

BUSI­NESS Gate­way Ar­gyll and Bute is en­cour­ag­ing busi­ness own­ers to take ad­van­tage of the free busi­ness skills work­shops on of­fer over the next cou­ple of months.

The Manag­ing and De­vel­op­ing Staff work­shop will help firms to re­cruit, in­duct, man­age and de­velop staff in a way that helps busi­ness to grow.

It fo­cuses on the skills and pro­cesses needed to get the best out of staff, rather than the le­gal as­pects. By the end of the work­shop, you will be able to cre­ate a plan for manag­ing and de­vel­op­ing staff within the busi­ness.

The work­shop will run in Ar­dr­ishaig on Septem­ber 15 from 9.30am to 1.30pm. It is be­ing de­liv­ered by Karen Mor­rill, founder of Mor­rill PMC Ltd, a peo­ple man­age­ment con­sul­tancy. Karen is a mem­ber of the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Per­son­nel and De­vel­op­ment with in- depth knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence in the field of peo­ple man­age­ment and em­ploy­ment law.

A Sell­ing with Con­fi­dence work­shop will help you feel more con­fi­dent sell­ing and pro­mot­ing your­self and your busi­ness. You will learn sell­ing tips and how to iden­tify cus­tomer needs and match them with prod­ucts or ser­vices. The work­shop also cov­ers over­com­ing cus­tomer ob­jec­tions, deal­ing with queries and feed­back and iden­ti­fy­ing the buy­ing sig­nals to help you close a sale. This work­shop will run in In­ver­aray on Septem­ber 21 from 10am-1pm.

Other work­shops avail­able dur­ing this pe­riod in Lochgilp­head in­clude Prac­ti­cal Ba­sic Book-keep­ing on Au- gust 23, In­tro­duc­tion to So­cial Me­dia on Au­gust 24 and Do­ing More with So­cial Me­dia on Au­gust 25. A Busi­ness Start-up work­shop will run on Septem­ber 7 and 8 in Oban.

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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