Small business Saturday - 6 December 2014
Joe FitzPatrick, Graham Bradley, Viv Stephen and Dave Blair,
Quirky Coo, Dundee
This year, do you want to reduce your organisation's energy, water and raw material bills, and waste management costs?
Scottish organisations can save £2.9 billion every year by using energy, water and raw materials more efficiently. Try the new online planning tool and get immediate access to a FREE, resource efficiency action plan tailored to your organisation ... and start saving in 2014.
Free report on your savings opportunities
Use The Savings Finder and within minutes you will have a free report highlighting the energy, water and raw material cost savings that you could make in your organisation.
Resource efficiency action plan
Your report also includes an action plan, detailing step-by-step actions to save you money with signposts to the latest free tools, resources and funding.
Advisors can provide you with advice, support and access to funding to help your organisation save money, for free.
You can get in touch on 0808 808 2268 9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find my savings
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.
For 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 email@example.com
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