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Think Big


Enterprise is all about identifying commercial potential for your ideas and abilities. Being enterprising is about being innovative, creative, showing initiative and adapting to challenges.

The THINK BIG Business Ideas Competition is here to help you turn your great idea into a great business or give your fledgling business an opportunity to develop further. With a BIG prize fund and free advice from business experts, there's no better time to THINK BIG!

There are two competition categories:
    Category 1: New Ideas
    Category 2: Business Growth

To be eligible to enter either category, you must be a resident of Angus, Dundee, Perth and Kinross, Fife and Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire local authority areas and be aged 16 or over. Full entry criteria, terms and conditions are listed on the entry forms which can be found by clicking HERE
Just complete the relevant entry form by midnight on Friday 30 May 2014

For more information: click HERE
or call Pauline at the Angus Centre for Enterprise on 01241 432722 or email:


Tayside Procurement Workshop events- 2014 Programme.

Interested in winning contracts with the public sector?

Applying for public sector contracts can be a daunting task but The Supplier Development programme (SDP) delivered by the local Councils in Tayside can help.


SDP provides advice, information, training and events, FREE of charge to our registered businesses. SDP supports businesses that see great market opportunities in public sector tendering by opening doors and signposting you towards a better rewarding relationship with the public sector.

For more details and programme information click HERE


£20k Innovation Event – ‘Living Well' – Self-Management of Health
  • Chiasma Date: 4pm, Monday 2nd June – 5pm until Wednesday 4th June 2014
  • Location/Accommodation: Hotel Novotel, 181 Pitt Street, Glasgow, G2 4DT
  • Cost:2.5 days committed engagement (food and accommodation provided)
  • Closing Date for Applications: 4pm, Monday 28th April 2014

The healthcare and wellbeing sector is being challenged by an ageing population and those living with long term health conditions. Self-management techniques are required to help individuals live their lives in the best possible way. The Wellbeing Chiasma will explore ideas around this challenge, seeking to develop new and innovative approaches that could be applied in healthcare and wellbeing contexts such as ageing, obesity and diabetes. The impact of improving personal health and wellbeing provides a business opportunity.
Design in Action has allocated up to £20,000 (per idea) and a range of support services to prototype ideas arising from the Chiasma process.

See the ‘Business Opportunity' section of the Call for Participants/Terms of Engagement document for more details.
To apply to attend the Chiasma, please click HERE

Resource Efficient Scotland – new online planning tool available

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

Find my savings




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Win a mini IPad: Like us on Facebook!


It seems we have plenty of reason to celebrate the New Year with the fantastic news that Scotland's economy is on course for more growth. The Bank of Scotland Chief Economist, Donald MacRae has said, ‘The latest results confirm the recovery continued into autumn last year accompanied by high expectations for the next six months'.

We, at the Angus Centre for Enterprise, couldn't be more enthusiastic about these business prospects and over the coming weeks we will be posting an exciting and practical list of courses and workshops designed to help businesses, like yours, make the most of this renewed confidence.

To take full advantage of these opportunities why not "like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter. Not only will you be right up to date with our latest offers, but by clicking the symbol below and liking us you will automatically get the chance of winning a mini IPad! So don't delay click NOW! Please feel free to share this with your friends and business associates.


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



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


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
  • Masterclasses
  • Learning based on National Occupational Standard
  • Industry recognised qualifications
  • First line supervisory management
  • Workshops
  • Taster sessions


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


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.

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Contact Catherine Ward North East Scotland Development Manager on 07595 284202