Dundee Business Week 2017

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Dundee Business Week sub header2Dundee Business Week 2017 brings together local Tayside business support organisations to offer a schedule of free events for businesses of any size or sector. 

Monday 20th

Women into Business: Visual marketing Like a Pro (But for Free)

6:30 - 8:30pm, HMS Unicorn, Victoria Dock Road, City Quay, Dundee DD1 3BP:30

Whether using social media, websites, e-mailers or any other form of marketing for your business, visual marketing can have a huge effect in helping present your business in an effective and professional way. In this special session, Elevator and Business Gateway Communications Coordinator Ross Cairney will show you how you can visually market your business like one of the pro's - but for free! 

We'll also have our networking, icebreaker, news and self promotion segments. We'll also have a very special treat provided by highly rated local Musician and Actor, Lynn Martin (who you will probably have seen being heavily featured in the press recently!) All are welcome!

Please click here to book.

Tuesday 21st

Meet the Buyer

9:30am – 2pm, Best Western Invercarse Hotel - 371 Perth Rd, Dundee DD2 1PG.

This session will bring in buyers from the public sector including Tayside Contracts, local councils, NHS and many more to help you find out how you can apply for and win public sector contracts.

No booking necessary, just come along.

Protect Your Business from Online Fraud (Digital Scotland Business Excellence Partnership)

10am - 1:30pm, Malmaison Dundee Hotel, 44 Whitehall Crescent , Dundee DD1 4AY.

The workshops are aimed at a non-technical audience. You will leave them understanding:

  • Who the groups are that target businesses small and large alike;
  • How theses groups work; 
  • The benefits of being cyber resilient; 
  • Where businesses can go for practical help; and 
  • The simple steps that businesses can take to protect themselves.

By improving the cyber resilience of Scotland's SMEs we can contribute to a safer more prosperous online environment for everyone.

Please click here to book.

Social Enterprise Workshop (University of Dundee)

3 - 5pm, University of Dundee Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, DD1 5EN

This workshop provide an understanding of what a Social Enterprise is, how to start and run one and what support is available to you to get one off the ground. Also hear from inspirational social entrepreneur speakers.

Please click here to book.

Wednesday 22nd

Business Breakfast (Chamber of Commerce)

8 – 10am, Malmaison Dundee Hotel, 44 Whitehall Crescent , Dundee DD1 4AY.

Join us on Wednesday 22 February when we will be hosting a Business Breakfast during Dundee Business Week. What better way to start the day than with a hearty Scottish breakfast in the beautiful surroundings of the Tay Suite at Malmaison.

The morning will give guests the chance to network with businesses from across Dundee and Angus before hearing from our guest speaker and tech entrepreneur, Leah Hutcheon, founder and CEO of Appointedd.

Leah will give us an insight into her business journey and challenges she has faced along the way.

Having secured further investment of £595,000 in May 2016 from angel equity groups, in September 2016 Appointedd secured a new deal with US-based serviced office giant Alliance Business Centers Network (ABCN) which will see their services offered to more than 500,000 ABCN customers across its global portfolio of 700 serviced offices in 52 countries. Leah says the deal could be worth up to £20 million over three years.

To book, please email sarahyoung@dundeeandanguschamber.co.uk.

How to Increase Your International Sales Online (Scottish Enterprise)

9am - 1pm, Enterprise House, 3 Greenmarket, Dundee DD1 4QB.

Ecommerce offers substantial opportunities for your business to increase its sales across the UK and beyond. Selling online requires planning and focus to succeed. That's where we come in.

If you already have an ecommerce website and are looking to increase domestic and international sales or if you need practical support to get started internationally, we can help.

Tips for successful online sales:

To enjoy successful international sales, you need to ask yourself some key questions:

  • Does your business have an effective international website?
  • Can international customers find your website?
  • Is your site generating online enquiries and international orders?

Is your business set up to handle international enquiries and orders?

Please click here to book.

Recruitment and Retention (CEED/ SCR Solutions)

9:30am – 12:30pm, Room 1502, Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee DD1 1HG.

The average cost of recruitment is £30,000 per new employee hired.  So why is it that only 26% of employers are focusing on career development to help retain key skills in their organisations?

A recent survey carried out by Hays Recruitment Experts shows that 59% of people employed in the engineering sector plan to move job within the next year.  27% of them state the lack of future opportunities as one of the key reasons for moving.  

Working in partnership with SCR Solutions our HR Clinic will look at how to recruit the best talent into your business, how to avoid discrimination during recruitment and how to ensure they stay with you long-term making sure you get the best value from your workforce.  A real-life case study of retention will be presented from a local manufacturing company.  You’ll leave the seminar with great recruitment ideas and top tips for a strong retention strategy to make sure you keep your key staff.   

Please click here to book.

Startup Awareness (Business Gateway)

9:30am – 12:20pm, Unit 27-28 Camperdown Street, City Quay, Dundee DD1 3JA.

This workshop aims to make you aware of the various requirements involved in setting up a business. The session will also provide you with the opportunity to network with other business owners and highlight useful sources of information, advice and guidance.

Please click here to book.

Pitch perfect - Scottish Edge Fund Application Workshop  (University of Dundee and Elevator)

10am - 12pm, University of Dundee Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, DD1 5EN

Win up to £150,000 for your Business. 

Scottish EDGE is a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming, innovative, high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent. Step one to apply for the competition is a video pitch - hear from the Teams at Elevator and Scottish EDGE Fund about how to master your pitch and how to apply for the Scottish EDGE.

Please click here to book.


Enterprising Approach to Life (Muslim Women's Resource Centre)

10am - 2:30pm, Steeple Church, Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DG.

As most you may know, Muslim women are one of the most disadvantaged groups when it comes to employment, as a result, economic inactivity levels are comparatively higher that the indigenous population.  We provide our women employability support and training to empower them with skills, knowledge and the self belief that they can join the paid labour market.  For some however, many barriers remain, making this a real challenge.  As a result of our learning, we want to encourage small business as alternative route to income generation.  Working in partnership with Gilded Lily from Glasgow we have an exciting day for local minority ethnic and Muslim women so they too can gain from Dundee Business Week. 

We would like to invite women to participate in a fun filled day promoting an Enterprising Approach to Life. Through interactive and engaging workshops we will explore confidence, small business start-ups, hear from a previous volunteer who now has her own cake making business and turn our hand at product making. All participants will have the opportunity to learn how to make bath bombs and body scrubs from the comfort of their home, empowering and inspiring them to consider enterprise as a route to self sufficiency and income.

Please note, our event is for women only.  Yummy lunch will be provided and travel and childcare costs can be covered if arranged in advance.  

We anticipate high demand therefore spaces are limited.  

To register, please contact Maheen on 01382 787 450 or Maheen@Mwrc.org.uk 

Thursday 23rd

Cultural Tourism Business breakfast (Scottish Enterprise)

8:30am – 10am, Malmaison Dundee Hotel, 44 Whitehall Crescent , Dundee DD1 4AY.

Culture and Creative Tourism has been identified as the main growth opportunity for the Dundee City region over the next four years. 

Join us for breakfast to hear about the growth of cultural tourism and how you can identify opportunities to develop new products and services. There will also be a chance to hear real-life case studies from successful cultural tourism businesses.

This event will include the launch of a new 'Cultural Tourism Business Opportunities Guide'. You'll hear from Stewart Walker of Business Tourism Solutions about the new Guide, and the UNESCO City of Design team will join us to talk about their plans for the next 12 months.

Please click here to book.

Improving your Public Sector Contract Bid Score (Dundee City Council)

9:30am – 1pm, Unit 27-28 Camperdown Street, City Quay, Dundee DD1 3JA.

Following on from the Meet the Buyer session on Tuesday, this session will introduce you to the process of applying for pubic contracts and will help you understand what you must consider when applying.

Getting the highest possible score in your bid is essential to winning a contract, but it can be difficult to know what exactly the buyer is looking for. This workshop will provide an insight into buyers’ needs and expectations and ensure you’re winning points

Key topics:

  • Understanding the client
  • Finding information (including Freedom of Information requests)
  • Asking questions
  • Bid writing skills
  • Pricing your bid
  • Award Criteria and Weightings
  • Quality vs.Cost
  • Get top tips on writing a winning bid

Please click here to book.

Tribunal-proof Dismissals (SCR Solutions)

2:30 – 4:30pm, Unit 27-28 Camperdown Street, City Quay, Dundee DD1 3JA.

Did you know that the average award for unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal during 2015/16 was £13,851? And the maximum award in 2015/16 was £470,865?

There is a clear statutory process to be followed when dismissing an employee with over 2 years service. However, things aren’t always straightforward. For example the employee may have one or more of the nine protected characteristics. If you discriminate against any one of these, the employment tribunal compensation award may be unlimited!

Our free seminar will show you how to make safe and tribunal proof dismissals. We will look at the statutory process, the five fair reasons for dismissal, the nine protected characteristics and automatically unfair dismissals. We will guide you through a safe system so you’ll be better protected against expensive tribunal costs.

Please click here to book.

Principal's Lecture in Entrepreneurship with Josh Littlejohn MBE of Social Bite (University of Dundee)

6 - 7pm, Lecture Theatre 3, University of Dundee Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, DD1 5EN

A public lecture from one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs is among the highlights of the University of Dundee’s first Entrepreneurship Week, aimed at giving students, staff and graduates support to turn their ideas into successful businesses.

Please click here to book.

Friday 24th

Venture 2017 Final with Mark Beaumont and Cally Russell (University of Dundee)

10am - 8pm, University of Dundee Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, DD1 5EN

The Venture 2017 final is a FREE event open to all of our students, staff, alumni and the general public with Live Pitching, Business Exhibition, Workshops, and Keynotes from Mark Beaumont and Cally Russell of Mallzee.

Please click here to book.