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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


FSB Hustings: Gordon Constituency - Question Your Next MP!


Monday 30th March 2015

6.30pm for 7pm start

Station Hotel

Commercial Road


AB41 9BD

FSB's South Aberdeenshire and North East Buchan branches are hosting this unique opportunity to question political parties on business issues in this sought-after seat, identified as one of the key battlegrounds in one of the most important general elections in years.

This free event, chaired by Erikka Askeland, Business Editor of the Press & Journal, will be your chance to hear what the candidates plan to do for the business community if they are elected and an opportunity to network with other business owners. The event is open to FSB members and non-members.
Those taking part are:

-  Alex Salmond, MSP - SNP
-  Braden Davy- Labour
-  Christine Jardine - Liberal Democrat
-  Colin Clark - Conservative
-  David Coburn, MEP - UKIP

The event will take place at the Station Hotel in Ellon, at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Places are limited, so please book now to secure your ticket.

To book Click HERE

Find out more about FSB's #ibacksmallbusiness campaign here





North East Business Week 2015

North East Business week (Aberdeen City and Shire) - Mon 27th April - Fri 1st May.

Hosting a 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 2

Welcome to the second 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)
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)

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