More than 20 free seminars and workshops take place at the event including…
Hailed as a true global entrepreneur he was been awarded a string of business awards and has grown the business to be one of the worlds largest and most respected transport companies.
It's not as frightening as you might think and can reap enormous rewards, in terms of publicity. Successful media releases can promote your products, services, people and can help to win customers and position your business as industry leaders.
Writing a media release - to send to newspapers, TV, etc in the hope of attracting media coverage - is easy, when you know how.
This seminar will show you how to get the best results from leaflet campaigns for your business, and give you valuable insight into consumers. It will cover campaign planning, targeting the most productive postcode sectors, designing your leaflets, using new digital technology to get consumers to your website, and getting the best coverage and delivery. You will see how established businesses work in partnership with Royal Mail to get customers and grow revenue.
This seminar aims to educate businesses about PPL and the legal obligation to obtain music licenses if recorded music is played in public on the premises. The session will also highlight the benefits music brings to businesses, and allow guests to put forward questions to PPL?s licensing experts.
Many businesses know they need to communicate with their target market but some do it well and some don?t. Learn how to develop a strategy that suits your audience and gets results.
Basic Introduction to energy management covering aspects such as when to buy, who to buy from, how long to fix contracts for, ongoing review, invoice validation, smart metering and serving termination notices. As one of the UK?s leading energy management consultancies RDL Associates will show you how they address these and other issues.
CDS will show how the 'consortium co-operative' business model enables businesses to collaborate while retaining their independence and sharing risk. Examples will be used to illustrate the model and CDS' comprehensive free package of support.
Marxism isn't usually a key principle of a successful business, but it is in the case of Webmart, regarded as one of the world leaders in print management. Founder Simon Biltcliffe will share some of his insights in how he made a ?10,000 start-up in 1996 to a ?35m turnover business today and how he intends to take it to ?100m without employing any more people.
Best known as the founder and chairman of Cobra Beer, and is also UK Chairman of the Indo British Partnership (IBP) and founding Chairman of the UK India Business.
Caprice fully finances, designs, models and markets her own hugely successful line and has created the success of By Caprice entirely on her own.
By Caprice Lingerie has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2006. By Caprice Swim launched in December 2007 and By Caprice Sleep in August 2008. Due to the tremendous success of her Swimwear and Sleepwear, Caprice launched Glam By Caprice in July 2008 and By Caprice Bedding in June 2010 which are both exclusive to Littlewoods.
Learn how to identify opportunities, evaluate the risk and capitalise on that opportunity before somebody else does. Drive critical mass through growing market share and build successful teams around yourself. Shaf Rasul will teach you how to motivate, organise and delegate.
The Macdonald Hotels group began with just two hotels in Aberdeen and Peterhead, but grew to become the largest hotel and leisure group in Scotland, worth around ?160 million. The group now owns more than 100 hotels and resorts throughout the UK and Spain.
One of Scotlands best know businessmen and entrepreneurs and according to The Daily Record Scotlands richest man! Through a series of acquisitions he has turned Clyde Blowers into a global giant of 85 companies in 27 different countries, employing 5,000 people around the world, with an annual turnover in excess of ?1.35 billion.
The mastermind behind the hugely successful Harlequin Leisure Group, which includes the largest chain of Indian restaurants in the UK.
Using a case study, we explain how to register and tailor your tax return, and then show you what goes where on the self employed section.
This workshop will outline the social enterprise scene in Scotland and the UK, go through what social enterprise means, outline the different legal structures that a social enterprise may adopt and provide examples and case studies of social enterprise activity.
The Companies House team will take you through the process of incorporating a Limited Company and the rules that you will need to abide by. You will be made aware of the newly implemented Companies Act 2006. This new Act will affect everyone who has to deal with Companies House. You will also learn how you can save valuable time and money by dealing with Companies House online.
Every business owns some form of branding and trademark, this presentation will explain how you can protect your name, logo or slogan.
The seminar will revisit the benefits of Private Healthcare and examine the real business benefits enjoyed by employers who offer their staff Private Medical Insurance as part of an overall employee benefits package.
Jim McFarlane has had a 30 year career in economic development with Scottish Enterprise and its predecessor, the Scottish Development Agency. He has overall responsibility for what Scottish Enterprise delivers to support Scottish businesses with the capacity and ambition to succeed in an increasingly global marketplace.
The third First Minister of Scotland from 2001 to 2007, making him the longest serving First Minister in the history of the Scottish Parliament. He was the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Motherwell and Wishaw from 1999 to 2011.
UK design and manufacturing entrepreneur Alison Grieve of Safetray will highlight the rewards of exporting and how her product design company grew and developed business internationally with the support of Business Gateway, Scottish Development International and Smart Exporter
What you need to know as a new employer - we explain your responsibilities and obligations and the basics of running a payroll.
An overview aimed at Sole Traders & Partnerships of some key issues such as record keeping, business expenses, SA Tax return & where to get further help & guidance.
Ready to use social media but not sure what to say? TV and Radio Presenter, Colin Kelly, explores what you can learn from other businesses who are already active on Facebook, Twitter and the rest. Hold tight for a high speed roller coaster ride, with bags of ideas and inspiration that you can apply to your own business, and some horror stories that you should avoid at all costs.
Having a Social Media profile is just the start - using it correctly makes the difference between Social Media success and failure.
This practical session will provide real takeaway tips on three of the most popular social platforms: Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn; showing you how they should be done! From setting up correctly, bespoke customisation, and other tips and tricks on getting the most from using them for your business benefit.
Wi-Fi enabled laptops are welcomed, but by no means mandatory, as NSDesign provides you with all the hands-on experience to take away and start doing Social Media right!
A recent survey of Small Business Social Media usage, proved Blogging to be more useful than Facebook!
In this workshop, you'll hear from NSDesign's Gary Ennis, who will reveal some insights from their recent study (conducted in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University) into the real value of Social Media platforms for Scottish SMEs. Understanding what works and why, will help other businesses not yet embracing social media make informed decisions.
The session will then focus on Blogging - one of the unsung heroes of Social Media, giving advice and practical information on setting up and running an effective business blog.
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Budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors willing to invest their own cash in exciting new business ventures!
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Sir Brian Souter, Founder and CEO of Scottish transport giant Stagecoach Plc and Lord Karan Biliamoria, founder and chairman of Cobra Beer are just two seminar speakers from a dazzling seminar line-up which also includes supermodel turned entrepreneur Caprice and 'Scotland's richest man' Jim McColl
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