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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

Small Business Saturday

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.

 FSB member  Bill Angus of Brian Melvin Lighting and Lewis Macdonald MSP
FSB member Bill Angus of Brian Melvin Lighting and Lewis Macdonald MSP  



Road Connectivity & Congestion :- The Cost to Your Business

When: Thursday 1st May 2014 12.00pm – 14.00pm
Where: The Society of Advocates, Concert Court, Aberdeen AB10 1BS

The Federation of Small Businesses, as part of North East Business Week 2014, has brought together a panel of transport and infrastructure experts from across Aberdeen City and Shire. Join us to hear about the challenges and issues and put your questions to the panel at this free lunchtime session.

Transport infrastructure and connectivity are crucial to North East businesses. Reaching customers on time, distributing goods, delivering raw materials, transporting staff and keeping to work schedules are all essential parts of the daily running of a business. Keeping goods and services moving is vital for business productivity, growth and economic development. So when things go wrong with the infrastructure, businesses and clients can be greatly affected with often disruptive, costly and devastating results.
Everyone has a stake in how infrastructure is maintained and developed.
The event is free of charge, but booking is essential. To book, click HERE

Panellists will include:

Councillor Peter Argyle, Aberdeenshire Council

Dr Margaret Bochel, Head of Service, Aberdeen City Council

Councillor Barney Crockett – Council Leader, Aberdeen City Council

Rab Dickson, Transport Strategy Manager, Nestrans

Professor David Gray – Professor of Transport, Robert Gordon University

Ewan Wallace - Head of Transportation, Aberdeenshire Council

If you have any queries, please contact or by calling 01241 879935 / 07595 284202

£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




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?

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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






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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