Work­shops will aid Argyll en­ter­prises

The Oban Times - - Business -

BUSI­NESS Gate­way Argyll and Bute is en­cour­ag­ing busi­ness own­ers to take ad­van­tage of the free skills work­shops on of­fer in Oban and In­ver­aray over the com­ing weeks.

The Be­com­ing an Em­ployer work­shop run­ning on Jan­uary 26 is ideal for any­one look­ing to take on staff for the first time. It cov­ers the le­gal obli­ga­tions of an em­ployer and gives prac­ti­cal insight into re­cruit­ing staff. It will be de­liv­ered by Karen Mor­rill, a qual­i­fied pro­fes­sional in peo­ple man­age­ment through the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Per­son­nel and Devel­op­ment.

The Fund­ing Your Busi­ness work­shop in Oban on Jan­uary 30 will help con­firm the fund­ing needs of your busi­ness, iden­tify rel­e­vant po­ten­tial sources of ex­ter­nal fund­ing (such as loan fi­nance, grant fund­ing or crowd fund­ing), and take you through what your busi­ness will need to pro­vide to be able to ac­cess the fund­ing. The work­shop will be de­liv­ered by John Al­lan of the Roberts Part­ner­ship.

Busi­ness own­ers could also ben­e­fit from the Marketing Your Busi­ness work­shop in In­ver­aray on Fe­bru­ary 8. This will help re­view the im­pact of cur­rent ac­tiv­ity, bet­ter un­der­stand mar­kets, cus­tomers and com­peti­tors, strengthen your unique sell­ing points and de­velop the right marketing mix for your goals and bud­get. This work­shop will be de­liv­ered by Alis­tair Kennedy of Lor­nal Ltd.

Aimed at those new to marketing their busi­ness, is the Reach­ing More Cus­tomers work­shop in In­ver­aray on Fe­bru­ary 16. This one- day work­shop gives a prac­ti­cal insight into ba­sic marketing tac­tics and will be de­liv­ered by Jack Red­path of Red­path Marketing.

The Get Your Busi­ness No­ticed – PR on a Bud­get work­shop is in Oban on Fe­bru­ary 28. This is about get­ting a busi­ness no­ticed with­out spend­ing money. It cov­ers how to get fea­tured in news­pa­pers, on ra­dio and tele­vi­sion, un­der­stand­ing how the me­dia works, find­ing the sto­ries that jour­nal­ists want to tell and un­der­stand­ing how to make con­tact with them. It will be de­liv­ered by Colin Kelly, known for his work as a jour­nal­ist.

Any­one think­ing about launch­ing an en­ter­prise should join the Busi­ness Start-up work­shop on March 8 and 9 in Oban to help de­velop their ideas into a prac­ti­cal and ef­fec­tive plan. Run by an ex­pe­ri­enced Busi­ness Gate­way ad­viser, the one-and-a-half- day work­shop cov­ers marketing, plan­ning and fi­nance.

To book or to find out more about the work­shops, con­tact the Busi­ness Gate­way team on 01546 604555 or email busi­ness.gate­way@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

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