Leadership & Motivating Others – 2nd of 4 Women’s Leadership Development Programme Workshops @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The second of four workshops comprising a 12 month Women’s Leadership Development Programme being delivered by Women’s Enterprise Scotland in conjunction with Fife Council Economic Development.


Administered and supported by Business Gateway Fife, the programme is being delivered at the new Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes.


The Lead With Women’s Enterprise Scotland programme is designed for women business owners wishing to lead their business through growth to become sustainable.
The programme is designed to help businesswomen increase their confidence in leadership by enabling them to strategically analyse their business against their vision for the future, develop, implement and evaluate strategies to grow their business using models and tools. It will also help you identify their your leadership style and develop your leadership and management skills to fully embed your learning in their business.


The programme is looking to work with female business owners who wish to build confidence and business capability.


Whether you have a large team or are a sole trader, this workshop will look at leadership styles and communication skills to enable you to communicate assertively and with confidence. It will help you to create your own personal development plan to build your confidence in leadership:
• Build on communication and motivation skills to lead a team or work with stakeholders
• Understand how to develop your leadership skills and adapt your leadership style
• Communicate clearly, assertively and with confidence with all levels of your organisation.


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Operational Excellence in a regulated environment with Argenta Dundee & SMAS
Sep 20 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Argenta Dundee manufactures pharmaceutical products for the global animal health market – many of these are liquid based treatments for farm animals. The site also produces several gels and ointments for companion animals with the finished drug product manufactured, filled into a bottles/tubes and packaged into country specific packaging.


Pharmaceutical manufacturing is highly regulated; the site is subject to regular audits from authorities such as the Food and Drug Authority from the USA and the UK’s Veterinary Medicines Directorate. Making changes to processes or equipment in this environment is neither simple or quick. Exact product recipes and methods of manufacture are registered with the regulatory authorities in each country. As a result, making even “simple” changes to a process may require approval from multiple regulators and can take many months to implement.


In early 2016, it was announced that the parent company had decided to sell the site. If a suitable buyer could not be found, the site would be closed. This was the environment in which the site kicked off its operational excellence journey.


With help from CeeD, SMAS and Scottish Enterprise Work Place Innovation team the site has made significant progress in a short period of time. In April 2017, Argenta closed the deal to acquire the site. The Argenta team would like to share how they adapted lean to make progress in such a highly regulated environment.


  • 09.00 – Registration- tea, coffee, bacon rolls
  • 09.30 – Introductory remarks – Dave Nicholson, CeeD
  • 09.40 – Introduction to Argenta Dundee – Steve Sibson, Site Head
  • 10.00 – Argenta Dundee Operational Excellence journey
    • Environmental assessment & Developing the high-level strategy
    • Major work streams
    • Formal training & projects
    • Lean Transformation
    • Workplace innovation
    • Executing the strategy in a challenging environment & Lessons learned
  • 12.00 – Q&A
  • 12.30 – Optional Site tour for 10 (first come, first served)


Places are limited to 25. Click here to register now.


Using Public Contracts Scotland and other portals @ Flexspace Kirkcaldy
Sep 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 run by the Supplier Development Programme.


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 which will be covered in the session include:

  • 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.

Supplier Development Programme – Meet the Buyer 2017 @ Hampden Park
Sep 28 all-day

Register now for this year’s Meet the Buyer event.


Get your FREE delegate passes to Scotland’s largest public procurement event – Meet the Buyer 2017.


Organised by the Supplier Development Programme in conjunction with the Scottish Government, Scotland Excel and Business Gateway, this annual event brings together buyers and suppliers from across the Scottish public sector.


The public sector in Scotland spends £11bn a year. This event is your opportunity to speak directly to purchasers and decision-makers from over 40 public sector organisations as well as making key contacts with a number of tier 1 contractors who have supply chain opportunities. In total, over 80 buying organisations will be present on the day.


The event will give you an opportunity to find out more about the public sector tendering process and will provide key tips on how to improve your businesses chance of success.


You can also attend a series of workshops on a number of business development topics and speak directly to a number of business support agencies for advice and support on how to develop all aspects of your business.


For more information and to register click here.



Fife Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner 2017 @ Fairmont St Andrews
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm


Andrea Pozzi, The European Managing Director of global drinks giant C&C Group, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Annual Dinner.


250 business, community and political leaders and opinion formers are expected to attend the evening which starts with a drinks reception at 7pm.


Tickets can be purchased individually at £85+VAT each (£95+VAT for non-members) or in tables of ten.  The price includes a three-course dinner and half a bottle of wine per person.  Dress code is Black Tie.


Click here to book your tickets or call 01592 647740.

Resource efficiency breakfast briefing @ Queensferry Fife Hotel
Oct 3 @ 8:45 am – 10:15 am

Learn how to access finance to cut costs and grow your business at this free briefing for SMEs in Fife.


Organised by Resource Efficient Scotland in association with Fife Council and Green Business Fife the event is part of  Fife Sustainable Business Week – a week of free business events designed to help businesses to be more sustainable and save money.


This event includes one-to-one resource efficiency clinics with an adviser from 10.15am onwards.


Click to book your place or for more information email or call 0808 808 2268

Green Champions Workshop @ Fife Renewables Innovation Centre
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

A free one-day training workshop showing businesses how to save money by using resources more efficiently.


Organised by Resource Efficient Scotland in association with Fife Council and Green Business Fife the event is part of  Fife Sustainable Business Week – a week of free business events designed to help businesses to be more sustainable and save money.


Click to book your place or for more information email or call 0808 808 2268

Interface 1:1 Business Support Clinics @ Business Gateway Fife
Oct 5 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Interface is offering free confidential 1:2:1 Business Support Clinics for businesses in Fife.



Book your free surgery to discuss your current requirements and get advice on how Interface can help your business develop new products, processes or services by connecting you to Scottish universities or research institutes.


Get advice on funding options like the Scottish Funding Council’s Innovation Vouchers which can provide up to £5k of funding for projects.


Click for more information or email to book your half hour slot.

A Recource Efficient Scotland Showcase – Diageo @ Bankhead Central
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – 1:15 pm

Find out how Diageo, a leading producer of spirits and beer, has improved its use of energy, water and resources and get a tour of Fife Council’s hydrogen refuelling station at this free event.


Learn about the many successful improvements that Diageo has made and how these could also be implemented in your business and hear about the exciting Levenmouth Community Energy Project.


The event includes a resource efficiency clinic where you can speak directly with a Resource Efficient Scotland adviser to receive one-to-one tailored advice for your business.


Organised by Resource Efficient Scotland in association with Fife Council and Green Business Fife the event is part of  Fife Sustainable Business Week – a week of free business events designed to help businesses to be more sustainable and save money.


Click to book your place or for more information email or call 0808 808 2268



Materials and Manufacturing Innovation Roadshows @ Advanced Forming Research Centre
Oct 10 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are you working on innovative solutions that could solve materials and manufacturing problems faced by the Oil and Gas Industry?


The Advanced Forming Research Centre will be hosting the ‘Materials and Manufacturing Innovation Roadshow’  in Glasgow on 10th October 2017, on behalf of the Industry Technology Facilitator and the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, looking for innovative technologies and solutions from organisations and experts outside of the oil and gas industry to address challenges in Asset Integrity, Small Pools, Well Construction and Decommissioning presented by Key Operators and Service Companies and the Oil and Gas Authority.

To find out more about the Roadshow and register here.

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