- The Dundee & Angus branch will be attending this year's
Dundee Jobsfair, taking place on Thursday 25th September in the
Caird Hall. The event is free to attend and will also showcase enterprise
and training opportunities across Tayside. More details coming soon.......
- Angus Business Week (29th September – 3rd October), a series of free events for new and established businesses across Angus. More details to follow.
Angus Business Week (29th Sept – 4th October)
2014 represents the first year of Angus business Week - a brand new series of events, run by a number of local organisations – including the Federation of Small Businesses - that specialise in supporting and advising Angus businesses, and helping them to reach their full potential.
As well as aiming to provide expert advice and support, Angus Business Week also represents a fantastic opportunity for you to find out more about the organisations available to you, and how each one can help different areas of your business.
Whether you're looking to protect your business from crime, or even find out what you must do to start a business in the first place, Angus Business Week will offer a wide range of events that can help businesses of any size and type.
The Dundee & Angus branch of FSB are directly involved in organising 2 events (see below). Members from the Dundee & Angus and the Perth & Kinross branches are very welcome to attend these. Booking details are shown below.
Crime Against Business
Date: 30th September 2014
Location: Centre for Enterprise, Arbroath
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
This session will give an insight into how to protect business from criminal attack.
This session will be of interest to businesses of all sizes and will give an insight in to how to protect their business from criminal attack. Scottish Business Resilience Centre, Angus council Trading Standards and Angus Financial Harm Group will offer presentations and help you minimise the threat to your business.
: Federation of Small Businesses
:Centre for Enterprise, Dundee & Angus College, Keptie Street, Arbroath, DD11 3EA
email Dorothy Lynch
or phone 0131 272 2740
Broadband for Businesses
Date: 1st October 2014
Location: The Reid Hall, Forfar
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
If you have an issue with your broadband connection this event is for you, bringing together a number of expert companies to offer technical solutions.
High quality broadband access can make a significant difference to businesses, and being online is an essential communication tool. From email, research, and marketing through to buying and selling, it brings opportunities to businesses of all sizes. If you have an issue with your broadband connection this event is for you. It brings together a number of expert companies that can offer technical solutions to help businesses access faster internet connections.
Partner: Angus Council and Federation of Small Businesses
Venue:The Reid Hall, Castle Street, Forfar DD8 3AE
This year, do you want to reduce your organisation's energy, water and raw material bills, and waste management costs?
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The Dundee Partnership's Employer Engagement Group
The Dundee Partnership's Employer Engagement Group recognise that the number of public bodies and the range of products that they have available can be difficult to negotiate for employers and small businesses who are looking to recruit, train, develop and employ individuals.
In order to make it easier for your engage, the Dundee Partnership has agreed an Employer Pledge. Employers who pledge are signing up to the vision of a city where employers from all sectors work together to create pathways into work for young people and adults in Dundee and in so doing develop their businesses.
more information on the pledge please click here.
The pledge sets out what the public sector will offer you and what you can do to support people move into work (and through this, help your business grow).
To view the pledge and find out more about "Discover Opportunities", the Dundee Partnership's Employability Programme click here or to find out more about the Employability Programme click here
The Employer Engagement Group includes Dundee City Council, Dundee College, Jobcentre Plus, Skills Development Scotland, NHS Tayside and the Federation of Small Businesses
EMPLOYERS WAGE INCENTIVE
Did you know employers can now claim a cash incentive of £2,275 if you employ an 18-24 year old who has signed on for 6 months or more for 30 hours per week? or claim £1,137.50 if you employ a young person 16 hours or more per week?
For more information click HERE and HERE
The Department for Work and Pensions, Work Services Directorate at Arbroath Jobcentre, currently have eligible customers who are job ready. Can your company help? If you are unsure, why not go along and meet some of the clients. They also offer work experience which allows you to see how the clients perform and interact within your company.
Contact: Arbroath Jobcentre, 2 Chalmers Street, Arbroath DD11 1PP or phone 0845 604 3719
Survive and Thrive
The most competent entrepreneurs sometimes lose focus and drive. The current economic climate is challenging business people to adapt and change to fit the new 'normal'. Often all that is needed are some fresh ideas and some guidance on changing business tactics to get back on track. The Survive and Thrive programme operated by the Business Gateway across Grampian(across Dundee and Angus / across Perthshire), can provide practical advice and support on areas such as strategy, business stabilisation, access to finance, marketing and business planning. Over the last three years, over 300 businesses have been assisted.
The programme provides:
Up to 10 days of fully funded advisory support for SME's.
Confidential support which can range from an outline discussion on areas of opportunity or difficulty to the development of business plans or facilitated engagement with a bank.
A team of experienced business advisors with specific sectoral and business knowledge including retail, food and drink, sales, marketing, finance and banking.
For further details, contact the Survive and Thrive team on 01382 443400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
View the information leaflet
Funding for Training
Flexible Training Opportunities gives Scottish businesses with under 75 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs.
The types and levels of training that are eligible for support:
Qualifications including individual units
Learning based on National Occupational Standard
Industry recognised qualifications
First line supervisory management
Funding is available for up to 10 employees per business and comes in the form of a refund of up to 50% of each episode of employee training up to a maximum of £500 for each employee. For example, if an episode of training costs £1200, you will receive a refund of £500. If it costs £300, the refund would be £150.
Click this link for more information from Skills Development Scotland