The Annual General Meeting of the Dundee & Angus Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses will be held in Room 1, Angus Centre for Enterprise, Keptie Road, Arbroath, DD11 3EA on Tuesday 29th October 2013 at 7pm for 7.30pm
Members are encouraged to put themselves forward for committee service. Any paid up full, joint or retired member in the Dundee & Angus Branch may nominate another paid up member for branch office, i.e. Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer or Committee Member.
All nominations must be on an official nomination form available to download below.
Secretary, Dundee & Angus Branch
Dundee & Angus College
D&A College FREE workshops to increase your expertise in social media
, web development
and energy efficiency, and they'll offer you a FREE follow-up one-to-one
consultation session too.
click on the workshop titles below to book your place.
a Website Doesn't Need to be Complicated
Thursday 7 November: 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Dundee and Angus College, Gardyne Campus, Room Y220
Efficiency for Your Business
Monday 11 November: 9am – 1pm
Dundee and Angus College, Kingsway Campus, Lecture Theatre
Media for SME's
Thursday 14 November: 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Dundee and Angus College, Gardyne Campus, Room Y220
and Social Media Marketing Tips
Monday 18 November: 1pm – 4pm
Dundee and Angus College, Gardyne Campus, Room Y116
most out of your technology
Thursday 21 November: 1pm – 4pm
Dundee and Angus College, Gardyne Campus, Room Y115
more information, please
Telephone 01382 834874 or Email email@example.com
Design in Action Legal Chiasma: 6th-7th December 2013
FSB Members are invited to apply for the next Design in Action Chiasma event.
A Chiasma is an intensive Knowledge Exchange workshop where participants from business, academia and the creative industries work together to create a product, process, service or solution around a particular sectoral issue.
The aim of this Chiasma is to generate new ideas for the Scottish legal services sector with the resultant efforts captured to form the basis of an innovative research and policy publication.
Design in Action is seeking individuals, organisations, businesses and designers that operate in or have knowledge of the Scottish legal sector. To support design-led business innovation, we hope to move beyond these traditional legal boundaries and also invite individuals from further afield to engage with this process. This includes - but is not limited to - creative artists, marketing or advertising professionals, craft practitioners, historians, anthropologists, policy makers, culture heritage and interpretation experts.
The Chiasma is FREE to attend! All you need to provide is your time, know-how and creativity.
Please follow the below link for further information and online application form: -
If you have any queries in regard to the event or the application process, please contact Design in Action at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wellgate Shopping Centre open for Small Business Advancements
Wellgate Shopping Centre in Dundee will open its doors to small businesses this month for a free event dedicated to providing expert advice about taking on commercial premises in the centre.
The Wellgate Shopping Centre, in partnership with business advisory and training services from Business Gateway Tayside, is holding a free event on the 7th of November, offering businesses information and guidance in their search for premises, along with an opportunity to network with other local companies.
Business Gateway advisers and the shopping centre management team and will be on hand to advise small business owners in the region of the opportunities available to them, from using the shopping centre for a simple test exercise for one day only, or for a longer term operation.
For more information click HERE
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New School Curriculum - Invitation To Employers
A new curriculum and examination system has been developed for young people in school. This new structure has generated substantial interest and a desire for more information from various bodies including local employers.
To help clarify the new qualifications, compare them with previous awards and discuss what impact this may have on employers and partner agencies, Abertay University, in partnership with Dundee City Council's Education Department, is hosting an evening information session on Wednesday 4 September. This will begin with tea/coffee/wine/some food and networking from 5.30pm and the whole event should finish by 7.30pm.
The aim of this event is to help employers understand how the range and content of the new qualifications are designed to provide young people with the appropriate skills, knowledge and capabilities which will provide employers and partnership organisations a future workforce which is literate, numerate and prepared for employment.
To find out more about this event, please contact Kenny McKeown on 01382 434664.
Is The Public Sector For You?
In Scotland over £5bn of public sector goods and services are tendered each year and contracts range from less than £1000 to over £20m. Almost all of this work is tendered through a series of processes that can be a bit of a mystery to many small businesses.
The FREE event is targetted and any business looking for advice on how to apply for and increase their chances of winning, contract work from the Public sector.
Registration from 9.30am.
When: 13 September 2013 at 10:00AM - 12:30PM
Where: Dundee City Council, Dundee House, 50 North Lynsday Street, Dundee DD1 1LS
Terms & Conditions: Click here
for Event Terms & Conditions
Training Level 1
The objective of the workshop is to provide a comprehensive guide on procurement topics such as:
• Understanding the public sector market place
• Why certain processes are necessary
• Deciding if your business is ready for tendering
• Key procurement issues
• The assessment of tenders and the bidding process
• Improving your company's chance of success
• The buyers perspective
For more information or to book a place CLICK HERE
Dundee Social Enterprise Conference
Tuesday 17th September 2013 - 9.30 am to 3.00 pm
Focusing on growth and sustainability, this conference will provide aspiring and experienced social entrepreneurs with the key skills and knowledge required to build a thriving social enterprise in today's economy.
For further details on delegate rates, sponsor packages, exhibition space, view Speaker's Profiles and to book your place, please click here.
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.
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
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
Scottish Business Crime Centre Spring Newsletter February 2013
Help us develop a skilled workforce for Tayside's energy sector - and reap the benefit!
Provide a work placement for our industry-experienced, skilled trainees, and you can:
- Increase your workforce at NO COST
- 'Try out' potential skilled recruits
(Our training programmes cover welding and fabrication, micro-renewables and multi-disciplinary engineering).
Employers offering permanent employment to trainees after placement may receive a financial incentive through Jobcentre Plus.
Are you an employer? Do you operate PAYE? Are you ready for Real Time Information?
HMRC is introducing a new way of reporting PAYE - called Real Time Information, or RTI. RTI is one of the biggest changes to payroll legislation since 1944.
From April 2013, employers will be legally required to report PAYE in real time. This means that information about all PAYE payments needs to be submitted to HMRC online each time a payment is made as part of the payroll process, rather than at the end of the year as they are now. Returns will include details of all employees' pay, tax and deductions.
What does RTI involve?
Employers will be required to submit ‘real time information' on their employees' tax, national insurance contributions and other deductions when or before their wages and salaries are paid – in other words, on a weekly or monthly basis, rather than annually. These filing deadlines are strict and must be met, regardless of whether your payroll manager is sick or your IT systems playing up.
If you require further information about how this will affect you, contact the free FSB Member Tax Advice Line on 08450 727 727 or for online legal advice visit FSB Legal Information Online: www.fsblegalinfo.org.uk
We will be running an information session on RTI and what it means to you in early 2013: if you wish to attend , please contact Catherine Ward
and details will be forwarded to you in January.
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
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
The Angus Reputable Traders Scheme
A scheme to give Angus residents information on reliable traders in the county has now been launched by Angus Council, with co-operation from Tayside Police and the Federation of Small Businesses.
The Angus Reputable Traders Scheme (ARTS) will make finding a trustworthy trader from both the retail and service sectors a lot easier for local people.