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Whatever your business, the FSB will work for you.

South Aberdeenshire Branch


The FSB in Aberdeen City and ‘Shire engages with both local authorities and is often asked for advice on how certain local issues affect our businesses. We also work in partnership with business groups, community organisations, MSPs and many other decision makers. This ensures that the voice of small businesses is heard and clearly understood. You will notice from FSB press coverage that the members' opinions (and therefore your own opinion) is greatly sought after and very much valued.

We in business are busy people and we at the FSB understand that. So, we are asking members like yourself if you would like get involved in some way in your local FSB branch to help your business community – and provide you with the opportunity to network with other business owners.

Our local branch committee members come from all manner of business backgrounds, some city based and others in the ‘Shire. They support us by attending some events, meeting with key influencers and generally helping in our journey to raise awareness of the FSB. This is all done with whatever time the business allows or the person chooses.

If you would like to be part of helping the FSB team, the only qualification is that you are in business. Just contact Catherine Ward, FSB Development Manager on 01241 879935 or on and we will help with the rest.

We look forward to hearing from you, and meanwhile, wish you every success with your business.


Andy Willox OBE

Branch Chairman – South Aberdeenshire

Federation of Small Businesses

North East Business Week 2015

North East Business week (Aberdeen City and Shire) - Mon 27th April - Fri 1st May. Range of free business events across Aberdeen City and Shire.


Small Business Saturday 2014 - 6 December 2014
Barry Gibb, Jackie Allen, IBA and Andy Willox OBE, Chair, Sth Aberdeenshire branch


Andy with FSB member Barbara Stewart, The Cottage Guest House,
Aberdeen and Richard Baker MSP 


Andy Willox OBE, Chair, Sth Aberdeenshire branch with local business
association members and local councillors
AndyWillox OBE and Richard Baker MSP at Poppy Skinner




NE Climate - NESCCP newsletter issue 1

Welcome to the first edition of NE Climate, with information on low carbon initiatives and work to build resilience to a changing climate taking place in the north east of Scotland.

This quarterly newsletter is produced by the North East Scotland Climate Change Partnership (NESCCP) and this edition covers:
• Carbon Clever Data Centre
• Launch of Climate Ready Scotland
• The Economics of Low Carbon Cities
• Scotland's heat map
• North east approach to Sustainable Energy Action Plan
• Energy updates
• Building resilience

If you would like to receive future editions of this newsletter please email:

Alison Leslie
Sustainable Development Officer
Planning & Sustainable Development
Aberdeen City Council
Business Hub 4 Ground Floor North
Marischal College
Broad Street
Aberdeen AB10 1AB

Aberdeen Guarantees

learn : train : work 


Aberdeen Guarantees is a new citywide commitment to providing all young people between 14-25 year olds with opportunities to participate in learning, training and work. This will build upon previous work within Aberdeen to promote the national 16+ Learning Choices & Opportunities for All agenda's. Over the past 4 years, positive destinations have increased from 82.7% in 2008/09 to 91% in 2012/13 and we would like to continue to improve on this trend.

As a result of collective efforts to date, Aberdeen City also has one of the lowest youth unemployment rates in the UK, with the number of 18-24 year olds claiming Job Seekers Allowance reducing to1.3% (370 young people) in June 2014.
Organisations within the public, private and voluntary sector can each make a significant contribution to developing young people's skills for life, learning and work and can assist in maintaining the city's position as having one of the lowest youth employment rates in the UK which in turn will contribute to the city's economic success.

Aberdeen Guarantees: Learning
Business and Third Sector contributions to improving Education opportunities are crucial in ensuring that all young people are provided with relevant vocational experiences which can assist progressions onto a positive destination. There are a range of excellent business/school partnerships across Aberdeen which demonstrates the value of businesses linking with Education Services.

How your organisation could contribute: Engaging and informing parents about job market and skills required via Aberdeen Guarantees website & newsletters; engaging parents and students via careers fairs; engaging parents and students via live or recorded video web broadcasts; industry & workplace visits for students; speakers in schools; industry taster sessions; career coaching; mentoring a student; CV building/assessment centre/mock interview sessions; pre 16 work experience (one off/week long/longer sustained placements as part of the City Campus programme); Summer Internships.

How your involvement could benefit your business: Raised profile and promotion of the company to future employees, customers, their families and schools, Provides employees with a better understanding of the education and examination system, Provides valuable CPD opportunities for staff, Fulfil expectations of the graduate programme in some companies, Provides opportunities to work with teaching staff both in and outwith the school setting.

Aberdeen Guarantees: Training
Aberdeen has a broad range of training opportunities which can offer personal development opportunities, supported work experience placements and employability supports. Local partners who contribute to training young people for the world of work include Aberdeen Foyer, Inspire, ITCA, SHMU, Transition Extreme, Working Rite and many more!  

How your organisation could contribute: Post 16 Work Experience, Activity tasters, Modern Apprenticeships, CV building & assessment/Interview preparation

How your involvement could benefit your business: Provides employers with an opportunity to work with and evaluate potential recruits, help prepare young people for joining the future workforce by teaching them what businesses really need.

Aberdeen Guarantees: Work
It is widely recognised that there are a range of existing employer to school/training provider tie ups which already exist within the city and the Aberdeen Guarantees approach would be to enhance existing connections rather than influence or change existing links.
There are also a range of incentives for employers who are seeking to recruit young people into their business. These include incentives which are offered by Skills Development Scotland and through nationally funded projects such as the Youth Employment Scotland fund.

How your business could contribute: Creation of new part-funded work placements for young people

How your involvement could benefit your business: Highlights the needs of the area in terms of skills shortages, Raised awareness of career opportunities in your business sector, Sharing expertise may spark entrepreneurial ambitions within young people

Why your business should get involved with Aberdeen Guarantees:

•  Assist develop your future workforce
•  Profile your contribution to the youth employment agenda through good news stories which will be published on the Aberdeen Guarantees Website
•  Free marketing and promotion of Modern Apprenticeship placements, internships or work vacancies which are targeted specifically at 25 and under.
•  Free publicity for your business

Aberdeen Guarantees website –
(Launch September 2014)

North East Business Week 2014

NEBW 2014

L-R John Cooke, Executive Director, Mobile Operators Association, Moira Gash, Duncan Nisbet, Senior Stakeholder Manager for the Step Change Programme, Scottish Government, Brian Stewart-Coxon, Jeanette Forbes, Chief Executive & FSB member, PCL Group, Brendan Dick, BT Scotland, Andy Willox OBE

The Federation of Small Businesses was once again a key partner in North East Business Week, which took place recently across Aberdeen City and Shire. Geared around the theme of "Connectivity Driving Growth", around 1,000 people attended the programme of breakfasts, seminars, lunches and dinners addressing the issue of transport and digital connectivity.

In its 4th year, the series of events is co-ordinated by the FSB, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC), Enterprise North East Trust (Enterprise) and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI).

Thainstone House Hotel in Inverurie was the venue for the first of FSB's events, "Connectivity for the Digital Economy". The dinner debate was hosted by the 4 FSB City & Shire branch chairs; Moira Gash (Deeside); Andy Willox OBE(South Aberdeenshire), Brian Stewart-Coxon (North East Buchan) and Eric Rae (Banff & Buchan). The event brought together key decision makers, stakeholders and business representatives from across the North East to discuss the achievements, opportunities and challenges in delivering digital connectivity across the area.

Guests heard from Brendan Dick, Director of BT Scotland and Duncan Nisbet, The Scottish Government's Senior Stakeholder Manager for the Step Change Programme, which aims to deliver next generation broadband to 89.4% across Aberdeenshire and 95% of premises across Scotland and by the end of 2017.

FSB also hosted a lunchtime panel session in the city centre, examining the issues affecting transport connections across Aberdeen City & Shire. The session, titled "Road Connectivity & Congestion: The Cost to Your Business", was chaired by Professor David Gray of Robert Gordon University and brought together a panel of transport and infrastructure experts from across Aberdeen City and Shire, including Councillor Barney Crockett, Leader of Aberdeen City Council, Councillor Peter Argyle of Aberdeenshire Council and Rab Dickson, Transport Strategy Manager of Nestrans, The Transport Partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire.

The week culminated in the publication of a survey of City and Shire businesses. While the findings show that 15% of respondents forecast employment growth of 15% in the two years from April 2014, the research also found thatt 35% of respondents had seen their commuting journey time increase in the last two years, while 45% said traffic jams had increased the cost of doing business.

All Energy 2014

All Energy 2014

L-R Provost of Aberdeenshire, Jill Webster, FSB Regional Chairman, Brian Stewart- Coxon
and Aberdeenshire Council Leader, Councillor Jim Gifford

FSB was well represented at this year's All Energy conference, at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. At the event lived up to its title as the UK's largest renewable energy conference and exhibition, with over 450 exhibitors from 20 countries.


The event got off to a flying start, with a plenary session featuring both the Secretary of State for Scotland, Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP, and Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism with other speakers including Rob Cormie, Group Operations Director, UK Green Investment Bank and Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK.


FSB members from across Aberdeen City and Shire manned the stand, meeting a range of businesses and prominent decision makers, highlighting the issues that matter to members across the North East.

Small Business Saturday 2014 - look out for more details
Small Business Saturday 2013 in Forres
 FSB member  Bill Angus of Brian Melvin Lighting and Lewis Macdonald MSP
FSB member Bill Angus of Brian Melvin Lighting and Lewis Macdonald MSP  

Small Business Saturday was celebrated in style in Aberdeen, where branch chair, Andy Willox OBE and Lewis Macdonald MSP visited the Rosemount area of the city, meeting a range of local businesses and members, including Bill Angus from Brian Melvin Lighting and the staff of Aberdeen's hottest new vintage store, Peadpod. 


Aberdeen Inspired Newsletters
NEWS - Spring 2014
A snapshot of what's happening in Aberdeen city centre

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




First Employee Grant

Aberdeen Council is backing the Aberdeen City and Shire First Employee Grant scheme which provides advice and support for businesses taking on their first employee.
A grant of £1,000 is available to enable employers to set aside time and resources to recruit and train their first employee.
For more information and how to apply please click HERE

Recent Events
A Taste of Grampian Festival

 A sumptuous sponsors' dinner was the starter for this year's Taste of Grampian festival. Held at Porterhouse Restaurant at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, the sponsors dinner included notable guests such as First Minister, Alex Salmond, and TV chef, Simon Rimmer. Now in its 14th year, the event featured over 130 exhibitors and is Scotland's largest one day food festival. The popular annual event allows visitors to discover and sample the wide range of high quality food and drink products from Grampian in the north east of Scotland.

Taste of Grampain 

South Aberdeenshire Branch Chairman Andy Willox OBE,  Jackie Willox and First Minister Alex Salmond MSP



Can you offer some one work experience within your Organisation?

Jobcentre logo

Urgently seeking work experience in Admin, Warehouse/stores opportunities but would welcome any contact with other offers of work experience.

Work experience is part of the government's package of Get Britain Working measures that can be used by Jobcentre Plus to help individuals into work.

Work experience opportunities can be flexible, lasting between 2 - 8 weeks and with attendance between 16 – 30 hours per week. The key aims of work experience opportunities are:

  • maximising the number of young people moving into employment or training;
  • providing young unemployed people with quality, ‘meaningful' work experience

Work experience is aimed at Jobseekers Allowance claimants, with little or no work history and a low skills base. It provides the opportunity to gain work skills and experience with employers in the local labour market. Participants must be motivated and demonstrate a willingness to work.

The decision about whether to participate in work experience is voluntary for all claimants. Claimants will remain on benefit throughout the work experience opportunity and funding is available to cover participant travel, childcare, replacement care and reasonable adjustments costs arising as a result.

If you would be able to offer someone a work experience opportunity or would like more details please contact the Employer and Partnership Team on 01224 802710/802711 or e-mail


Events (c)


Visit our events calendar for a full listing of FSB branch and regional events

We also have a calendar of some non-FSB events that you may find of interest


Contact Catherine Ward North East Scotland Development Manager on 07595 284202