Mar
20
Wed
How to Innovate to increase productivity @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Mar 20 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

As part of our campaign to assist Engineering and Manufacturing businesses, The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) in partnership with, Centre for Engineering Education and Development (CeeD), Fife Council Economic Development, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Services and Interface are delighted to invite you to join us for a workshop on “How to Innovate to increase Productivity” on Wednesday 20th March 2019 from 9:30am to 12:30pm at The Enterprise Hub Fife, 1stFloor, 1 Falkland Gate, Glenrothes, KY7 5NS

Innovation is a means of introducing something new in to your business that enables your business to do what it does best – but better. This could be the improvement of a manufacturing process by removing a known bottleneck. Or the automation of a system that was previously manual.  Or the introduction of new management capability that leads to increased efficiency.  There are many ways that a company can apply innovative practises to become more productive.  This event will explore these topics further and will provide attendees with an overview of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Program, an initiative that provides a company with both the technical and financial support required to transfer and embed new knowledge, leading to transformative change.

A Professor of Business Performance and Head of the Business Management Department at Heriot Watt University, Umit Bititci has a unique blend of industrial and academic experience that spans over 35 years. He has dedicated his career to understanding what makes high performing companies different. Having been involved in over 30 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Umit will share his unique insight in to how to best manage business performance and increase productivity.

Bryan McClusky, Group Operations Director at Highland Spring Group, first experienced KTP’s when he was employed as an associate in 1998.  He has since carved a highly successful career at Highland Spring and will discuss why KTP’s have proved so beneficial to the company.

Kirstine Wood, the Lead Engagement and Submarine Policy Manager for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks was the company supervisor for their KTP.  She will provide a case study of her positive experience in enabling their project to realise its full potential.

Dr Lorna Howarth will share the latest updates from Innovate UK and KTN.  In particular, news of the latest round of funding that is available to support management capability so that businesses of any size can raise their productivity.

Gerry Borge will explain how SMAS work with companies to help them achieve their full potential whilst Shelley Breckenridge will explain how Interface can help a business connect to the right academic expertise.

Agenda:

  • 09:30am – Registration, Tea and Coffee etc.
  • 10:00am – Welcome by Dave Nicholson, CeeD
  • 10:10am – Presentations, followed by case studies
  • 12:20pm – Q&A
  • 12:30/40pm – Networking & Close
Mar
21
Thu
Workplace Innovation – Engaging your workforce @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Find out how to improve productivity and efficiency in your business through Workplace Innovation – change driven by people to develop new, improved ways of working.

 

This is the third and final event in a series of Workplace Innovation Workshops run by Scottish Enterprise and Business Gateway.

 

In this interactive workshop on the theme of engaging your workforce through People, find out the ways you can:

  • Recruit a diverse workforce and enjoy the benefits they bring through their backgrounds, skills and experiences.
  • Develop communication that is effective and helps build trust and increase productivity.
  • Involve and engage your workforce so that their contribution becomes an active part of the success of your business.
  • Develop your workforce to ensure they have the skills you require for the future and you retain the talent you need to grow your business.

 

Exercises we use to explore this includes a brief introduction to what your preferred working style is; and innovative ways to develop your employees, introducing the 70/20/10 concept.

 

The workshops are practical in nature and at the end you will leave with at least 1 action/idea to implement in your business.

 

These workshops are suitable for business leaders within growing businesses in Scotland who are presently dealing with issues relating to leadership, staff engagement and culture.

 

Find out more and book your place here.

Mar
28
Thu
Levenmouth Local Energy Project Business Breakfast @ Fife Renewables Innovation Centre
Mar 28 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Resource Efficient Scotland will give an overview of the support they have on offer to help your business achieve energy and waste reductions. One fantastic fund on offer from Resource Efficient Scotland is the SME Loan Fund which currently has 15% cash back. Come along to learn how it could benefit your business.

 

We are also looking to engage with businesses within the Levenmouth area as part of a pilot Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES). This will help plan for energy demand reduction and heat decarbonisation of buildings across their area, rolling out costed phased delivery programmes across all sectors.

 

As part of the Strategy, business energy use and building characteristic data will be gathered to improve national non-domestic energy data (heat map) to help in the development of future energy infrastructure. Challenges or gaps for businesses in taking forward energy efficiency measures also need to be identified. Businesses are invited to input to this so accurate data is submitted to help prepare for future plans. Please email info@greenbusinessfife.co.uk if you can help with the business energy use data.

Apr
3
Wed
Brexit Event @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Apr 3 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join this workshop organised by Scottish Enterprise in partnership with the Fife Economy Partnership and Tay Cities International Partnership.

 

Get expert tips on how Brexit will impact various business sectors and how to deal with the impacts of Brexit on your business.

 

The event will cover the effect of Brexit on both EU trade and wider international trade, and will give you tools to help you carry on trading in the EU Zone.

 

You’ll also have the opportunity to ask more specific questions related to the consequences of Brexit on your business.

 

Apr
10
Wed
Introduction to working with the public sector @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Apr 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

How well do you know the public sector? This introductory, level one. module is recommended for anyone new to bidding.  It provides a comprehensive overview of the public sector marketplace in Scotland and beyond and introduces the concept of tendering and procurement.

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Attendance is free to Scottish SMEs and third sector organisations registered with the Supplier Development ProgrammeJoin now – registration is free!

May
8
Wed
Introduction to tendering @ Carnegie Conference Centre
May 8 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This Level 1 course 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 know to start bidding for public contracts.

 

Attendance is free to Scottish SMEs and third sector organisatons who are registered with the Supplier Development ProgrammeJoin now – it’s free!

 

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May
30
Thu
Business Lunch – Reduce your business energy costs and cut waste @ Fife Renewables Innovation Centre
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Resource Efficient Scotland will give an overview of the support they have on offer to help your business achieve energy and waste reductions. One fantastic fund on offer from Resource Efficient Scotland is the SME Loan Fund which currently has 15% cash back. Come along to learn how it could benefit your business.

 

Organisers of the event, Fife Council and Green Business Fife, are also looking to engage with businesses within the Levenmouth area as part of a pilot Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (LHEES). This will help plan for energy demand reduction and heat decarbonisation of buildings across their area, rolling out costed phased delivery programmes across all sectors.

 

As part of the Strategy, business energy use and building characteristic data will be gathered to improve national non-domestic energy data (heat map) to help in the development of future energy infrastructure. Challenges or gaps for businesses in taking forward energy efficiency measures also need to be identified. Businesses are invited to input to this so accurate data is submitted to help prepare for future plans. Please email info@greenbusinessfife.co.uk if you can help with the business energy use data.

Jun
6
Thu
Using PCS and other portals @ Flexspace Kirkcaldy
Jun 6 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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 level one workshop will help ensure you are comfortable using this site as well as other portals throughout the UK and Europe,

 

Attendance is free for Scottish SMEs and third sector organisations registered with the Supplier Development Programme.  Register now – it’s free!

 

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Sep
3
Tue
Technical Export Training @ Fife Chamber of Commece
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The importance of understanding and correctly completing export documentation is crucial for any business trading internationally.  Any delay in getting the goods to your customer seriously effects your reputation and the increased costs have an influence on your profit margins.

 

This one-day course provides an in-depth look at export processes and requirements, giving delegates a more detailed view of the exporting processes.

 

The day will deliver an end-to-end guide to exporting, from the initial enquiry, through contractual and legislative requirements, concluding with securing payment.

 

The course is aimed at managers and staff in the accounts, export sales and logistic departments.

 

Numbers are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

The event is part of a programme of workshops and training being delivered by Fife Council Economic Development, Fife Chamber of Commerce, Business Gateway Fife and Scottish Development International to support businesses to access new markets.

 

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Sep
17
Tue
Tender Procedures and the ESPD @ Enterprise Hub Fife
Sep 17 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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), fomerly the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.

 

This event is suitable for SMEs and third sector organisations who have a basic understanding of public sector procurement (ie who have completed Level 1 of the Supplier Development Programme courses or have equivalent experience).

 

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It’s free to attend if you’ve registered with the Supplier Development Programme – join now, it’s free!