Apr
24
Tue
Multi-sector market visit to Ireland @ Dublin
Apr 24 – Apr 26 all-day

Join a delegation of Scottish companies on this two-day market visit to Dublin.

 

Ireland is Scotland’s sixth largest export market and imports more from the UK than from any other country – an ideal first step market for Scottish companies.

 

This multi-sector market visit is led by Scottish Development International (SDI), the international arm of Scotland’s enterprise agencies, in partnership with West Lothian Chamber of Commerce.

 

Why Ireland?

The benefits for Scottish businesses of exporting to Ireland include:

  • English speaking
  • Same time-zone
  • Strong transport links
  • Similar regulatory and legal frameworks
  • Ideal starter or test export market
  • Open economy, used to imports
  • Good perception of the quality of British goods and services.

 

What sectors?

This market visit is multi-sector, however, the following key sectors have been identified as offering good opportunities for our companies:

  • Retail
  • Transportation and distribution
  • Professional and financial services
  • Industrial and manufacturing
  • Medical and healthcare.

Other sectors include Education, ICT, Construction and Energy, Tourism, Recreation and Agriculture, Scientific and Pharmaceutical.

 

There’s no charge to participate in this market visit.  You will be responsible for covering the cost of your flights, accommodation and subsistence however, though you may be eligible for funding to assist with these costs.

 

Click for more information and to register your interest. Places are limited – the closing date for applications is 26 March 2018.

Apr
26
Thu
Entrepreneurial Scotland Annual Conference @ Gleneagles Hotel
Apr 26 all-day

Developing a Global Mindset for business and social enterprise is the central theme of Entrepreneurial Scotland‘s 2018 conference.

 

Taking place on Thursday 26 April at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, the event will bring together the most inspirational entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow to engage in open debate and share their valuable insights on scaling globally.

 

Headline speakers include:

  • Georg Ell; Director for Western Europe at Tesla Motors, Georg leads an outstanding team of passionate people focussed on customers, growth, and the company’s mission to accelerate the world’s movement to sustainable transport.
  • Mark Beaumont; Patron of the Saltire Foundation, record-breaking long- distance British cyclist, adventurer, broadcaster, documentary maker and author. Earlier this year, Mark broke the record for travelling around the world on a bike and managed to knock an astounding 44 days – a third – off the previous record of 123 days.

 

 

Entrepreneurial Scotland is a member network and leadership development organisation providing opportunities for like-minded ambitious individuals to share experiences and develop their leadership skills.

 

Click for more information and to register.

 

May
2
Wed
Connect Local Food & Drink Workshop – Selling for Success @ Civic Hall
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Are you trying to grow your sales in your region or across Scotland?

Are you aiming to present your products at one of the upcoming regional showcasing events?

Want to ensure you make the most of that opportunity?

 

Connect Local is organising two free workshops to help food producers build their business for profitable growth.

 

The two workshops, which are being run in partnership with councils across Scotland, will take you through what you need to know to market your business and product effectively.

 

The workshops culminate in an opportunity to present your company and products to local and regional buyers at any of the Showcasing Scotland Regional Events organised with Scotland Food & Drink.  The next regional event will take place in Perth on 29 May 2018.

 

This workshop on 2 May will provide you with support and advice with:

Buyer insights

Effective merchandising and display techniques

Selling and presentation skills

Making the pitch and closing the deal

 

Click for more information  and to reserve your place.

 

Click for more information on the Upscaling & Upskilling workshop taking place on the 18 April.

May
16
Wed
An Introduction to Tendering @ Carnegie Conference Centre
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Begin to look at the tender process in detail at this Level 1 (Beginner) workshop.  

 

Introduction to Tendering takes you through the tender process from start to finish. From finding contracts, responding to opportunities, the selection stage, award criteria and debriefing, this comprehensive beginner-level course will tell you everything you need to start bidding for public contracts.

 

Key topics:

  • Using Public Contracts Scotland (PCS)
  • Participating in a Quick Quote
  • Contract thresholds values
  • Tender procedures and processes
  • Bid/no bid process
  • European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) [previously PQQ]

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You are new to bidding
  • You want to understand the tender process and what documents you will need
  • You want to understand how to complete the ESPD.

 

Click for more information and book your place. Places are free for SMEs and 3rd sector organisations who are registered with the Supplier Development Programme.  Register free today.

Women’s Enterprise Scotland Leadership Masterclass 3 of 4 – Managing Change @ Enterprise Hub Fife
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The third of four workshops comprising this year’s 2018 Fife Women’s Leadership Programme

 

A repeat of the successful pilot held in Fife last year, the 12 month programme is designed specifically for female business owners in Fife who wish to grow their business and involved four workshops accompanied by online content and support – download the programme flyer for more information.

 

Co-ordinated by Business Gateway Fife on behalf of Fife Council’s Economic Development Team, the workshops will be delivered by Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

 

This third workshop will look at how to manage change effectively.

 

Click for more information and to book your place.

 

The other workshops in the programme take place on :

May
30
Wed
SMAS National Manufacturing Conference 2018 @ The Westerwood Hotel
May 30 all-day

Making Smarter in Scotland

The SMAS National Manufacturing Conference returns to the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld on Wednesday 30 May, where 400 manufacturing leaders will gather to be inspired, learn, network and debate.

 

Sponsored by the Bank of Scotland, the 2018 conference features a stellar line-up of keynote speakers including Professor Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK and author of the UK Government’s recently published industrial strategy Made Smarter Review.

 

Other manufacturing heavyweights joining him on the main stage will be Sarah Jardine, Director of Manufacturing at Optos plc; Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman of Liberty Steel and Tom Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Airbus.

 

If that’s not enough, the jam-packed programme also includes practical case study led workshops; an exhibition showcasing solution providers and support organisations; a speakers’ corner; improvement rooms and a fabulous networking dinner on the evening of 29 May. Key topics for 2018 include Industry 4.0, Leadership, Investment, Skills, Business Excellence and the Circular Economy.

 

Who Attends?

400 senior manufacturing executives from across all manufacturing sectors in Scotland – from small SMEs through to large corporations – are expected to attend.

 

Register Now at the Early Bird Rate

Register now at the Early Bird Rate of £150 plus VAT per delegate. But hurry, this rate is only available until Friday 20 April 2018. Full ticket price is £200 plus VAT with reduced rates for additional delegates from the same company.

 

For further information, contact Georgia Goodall at Speakeasy on 0131 557 1288 or Georgia.goodall@speak.co.uk

 

Jun
20
Wed
Using Public Contracts Scotland and other portals @ Business Gateway Glenrothes
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Learn how to make the most of Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) and other e-tendering systems at this introductory workshop.

 

Public Contracts Scotland is the national public sector tender portal for Scotland. It lists contract opportunities for all public sector bodies and has a “Quick Quote” function for lower value contracts. This workshop will help you ensure you are comfortable using this site as well as other portals throughout the UK and Europe.

Key topics:

  • Quick Quotes
  • Supplier Profile
  • PCS-Tender
  • Rest of UK, EU and private sector portals (Contracts Finder, Sell2Wales, Tenders Electronic Daily, Contracts.Mod)

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have never used the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website
  • You have used PCS and want to make sure you are making the most of the site.

Click for more information and book your place. Places are free for SMEs and 3rd sector organisations who are registered with the Supplier Development Programme.  Register free today.

 

Sep
5
Wed
Women’s Enterprise Scotland Leadership Masterclasses 4 of 4 – Leading for Success @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The final in a series of four workshops comprising the 2018 Fife Women’s Leadership Programme.

 

A repeat of the successful pilot held download the programme flyer for more information.in Fife last year, the 12 month programme is designed specifically for female business owners in Fife who wish to grow their business and involves four workshops accompanied by online content and support – download the programme flyer for more information.

 

Co-ordinated by Business Gateway Fife on behalf of Fife Council’s Economic Development Team, the workshops will be delivered by Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

 

This workshop will help you put together all of the knowledge and skills from earlier sessions to develop your own action plan for growth.

 

Click for more information and to book your place.

 

The other workshops in the programme take place on:

 

Sep
26
Wed
2.1 Tender Procedures and the ESPD @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Understand the various types of tender and examine the new ESPD at this Level 2 (Intermediate) workshop.

The first half of this intermediate-level workshop covers the various types of tender procedures in detail, including processes and timescales. The second half deals with the selection stage and completing the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) [ formerly the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire PQQ]

Key topics:

  • Tender threshold values
  • Procedures and Timescales
  • Filling in an ESPD form
  • Reasons for exclusion
  • Selection criteria
  • Contracts terms and conditions

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have a basic understanding of public sector procurement (completed Level 1 or have equivalent experience)
  • You want to improve your chances of passing the ESPD and ITT stages

Registration from 9.30am

Nov
7
Wed
2.2 Finding and Understanding Framework Opportunities @ Carnegie Conference Centre
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Find out everything you need to know about framework opportunites at this Level 2 (Intermediate) workshop

Frameworks are an integral part of public procurement and can be a lucrative source of business, but it’s essential to understand the Agreement. This workshop explains the types of frameworks available and what you can expect from them.

A speaker from Scotland Excel, the Centre of Procurement Expertise for the local government sector, will be in attendance at this event to discuss their framework contracts and how they work with SMEs in Scotland.

Key topics:

  • What is a Framework Agreement
  • What frameworks exist in Scotland
  • Methods of use
  • Your expectations and rights as a supplier

This event is suitable for you if:

  • You have a basic understanding of public sector procurement (completed Level 1 or have equivalent experience)
  • You are considering applying to get on a Framework Agreement

Registration from 9.30am