Dundee Business Week 2018

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Dundee Business Week 2018 brings together local Tayside business support organisations to offer a schedule of predominantly free events for businesses of any size or sector. 


Choosing the Right Legal Entity for You and Your Business (Coca-Cola 5by20)

9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Holiday Inn Express Dundee, 41 Dock Street, Dundee, DD1 3DR

This workshop will help you understand the difference between the most common small start-up legal entities such a Limited Company or Sole Trader. It will also touch on other legal entities that you may or may not be familiar with. Following this, you will get the chance to ‘ask the experts’

In association with RSB Lindsays.

Please click here to book.

Brexit Workshop: New Gold Dream?

9:45 am - 12:30 pm, Events Area, Abertay University, Bell St, Dundee, DD1 1HG

John Walmsley will discuss the current status of Brexit with specific reference to impact it may have for Scotland. Brexit continues to dominate the headlines with the UK Government negotiating not just with the EU but facing splits within the cabinet over the type of Brexit and the so-called ‘Red Lines’.

  • Brexit - Where are we now?
  • The Joint Report of 8th December 2017
  • The European Union (Withdrawal) or ‘Brexit’ Bill
  • Citizens' rights
  • The Irish and Scottish questions
  • Future trade negotiations
  • Post – Brexit models
  • WTO rules, customs, tariffs and trade deals
  • Is the transition or implementation period a ‘done deal’?
  • Legal considerations for contracts
  • What will be the future role of The ECJ?
  • How to plan and cope with the challenges ahead?
  • How is business likely to be impacted throughout the UK?
  • The longest suicide note in history or a huge opportunity for future growth, prosperity and self - determination?

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A Guide to Starting a Business (Business Gateway) - fully booked

9 am - 1 pm, Business Gateway, Unit 27 Camperdown Street, City Quay, DD1 3JA

This 4-hour workshop covers the key elements of our Awareness, Marketing, Business Planning and Finance workshops, and is ideal to give you insight into what you should know as well as providing basic skills and information if you are starting a business.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - We would love to welcome you at any of the other events listed as part of Dundee Business Week.


Business Breakfast (Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce)

7:30 am - 10 am, Apex City Quay Hotel, 1 W Victoria Dock Road, Dundee, DD1 3JP

Join us on Tuesday 20 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.

The region is renowned across the globe for its food and drink. From coffee beans to jam, potatoes to vodka and everything in between, local producers are constantly working on product development and looking into new markets but how will 2018 impact businesses and how can we encourage the use of more local produce within the area?

Our guest speaker for the morning, Adam Hunter, Commercial Manager at Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery, will give attendees an insight into Arbikie and the work they are doing to drive their brand and product development in 2018 and beyond.

We will also have a panel of local food and drink producers to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the sector and take questions from the audience.

Panel Members

Adam Hunter, Commercial Manager, Arbikie Highland Estate Distillery

Kathryn Baker, Director, Sacred Grounds Coffee Company

Jamie Smith, Business Development Manager, James Hutton Ltd

Duncan Alexander, Co-Founder, 71 Brewing

Individual tickets

Members - £20.00 + VAT

Non Members - £30.00 + VAT

Member-only exclusive sponsorship package - £300 + VAT

We are delighted to offer our Business Members the chance to sponsor a table during the breakfast. The price includes event entry and breakfast for 10 people, plus company branding on the table and within the venue in the form of a pop up stand.

This is a great opportunity to entertain current & potential clients or to bring along your staff or colleagues.

Table sponsorship packages are bookable by contacting Sarah Young, Events and Marketing Manager, 01382 443430, sarahyoung@dundeeandanguschamber.co.uk.

Tickets are limited for this event and it promises to be a highlight of our event calendar, so book your ticket now or get in touch to reserve your table.

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Business Breakfast: Improve Your Bottom Line Through Collaboration (Dundee & Angus College)

8:30 am - 10 am, Dundee & Angus College Gardyne Campus, Incubator Enterprise Centre, Incubator Room 5, Gardyne Road, Dundee, DD5 1NY

As part of Dundee Business Week, Dundee and Angus College is hosting a Business Breakfast. This event will be led by Simon Hewitt, Vice Principal at Dundee and Angus College involving representatives from the business community who will present the benefits of collaboration on business performance and productivity ultimately leading to improving the bottom line.

There will be Business Advisors in attendance who will be happy to offer advice and support.

Please click here to book.

Facebook for Business (DigitalBoost) - fully booked

9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Business Gateway, Unit 27 Camperdown Street, City Quay, DD1 3JA

Facebook is an increasingly effective tool for reaching target audiences and engaging with them when they are in a responsive mode. People who attend this workshop will learn how to assess whether Facebook is an appropriate medium for them, how to find and refine their audience and to target, create and optimise posts and adverts.

The event will also cover measuring the effectiveness of pages, posts and adverts, including through the use of Facebook Insights (a powerful tool that lets you track user interaction), as well as integrating websites with Facebook. You will also gain valuable knowledge about e-commerce, security, compliance and privacy. The ultimate aim is to equip delegates with the knowledge that will enable them to use this crucial element of social media to increase sales and solidify brands.

Delegates may wish to bring along their laptops so they can work on their Facebook accounts during the workshop.

This is a ‘DigitalBoost’ event which is funded by Digital Scotland and delivered by Business Gateway.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - We would love to welcome you at any of the other events listed as part of Dundee Business Week.

Social Enterprise Workshop (Dundee Social Enterprise Network)

10 am - 12 pm, Dalhousie Building, Room 1S06, University of Dundee, Old Hawkhill, DD1 5EN

Open to all - students, staff, alumni and the general public.

Learn the ins and outs of starting a social enterprise and what you should know. As part of the University of Dundee's Entrepreneurship Week 2018, we are pleased to have the Dundee Social Enterprise Network delivering a workshop providing 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. 

Jessie Bruce – Development Officer 

Her role is to support and advise the Dundee Future Fund applicants and grant funding with new Social Enterprise projects for those setting up. Jessie is currently working with Aspiring SE member events and advises on appropriate training courses.

Julie Farr – Chief Executive

Julie is leading Dundee Social Enterprise Network, representing social enterprises and the wider third sector. She is also working in partnership with the private and public sector in Dundee.

Derek Marshall - Chairman 

Derek leads one of the first and leading social enterprises in Dundee. the Factory Skatepark has won numerous awards and Derek is on national groups developing SE for the future.

Derek worked as an operational firefighter for 17 years followed by 6 years as a financial administrator for a charity in Dundee. Currently, he is CEO of the Factory Skatepark & children’s soft-play centres in Dundee which have won a number of awards for social impact and business over recent years. Derek has worked in the Social Enterprise sector for 17 years during which he has been involved in establishing a number of charities and social companies and raising over £4m for these enterprises.

Please click here to book.

A Stronger Voice for Women in the Media (Women in Journalism)

12:30 pm - 5 pm, Malmaison Dundee, Dundee DD1 4AY

Women - Are you an expert in your field who can offer insights to the national debate? Do you want to share the fascinating discoveries of your work with a wider audience? Do you want to establish yourself as a talking head or panellist for media outlets?

Many efforts are being made to achieve gender balance in the media but the industry is not quite there yet. So Women in Journalism Scotland and STV News are taking action to equip our female experts and journalists to seize media opportunities.

In Partnership with Malmaison Dundee, we've organised a day of coaching aimed at women journalists and industry experts who'd like broadcast experience and advice on getting their voices across in print, online and broadcast media.

The day will start with an introduction and lunch, followed by a session on confidence and projection by public speaking coach Elaine Newton, of The Acting Lab.

We'll have input from Women in Journalism's Jan Patience and STV Deputy Head of News Suzanne Lord as well as local journalists Gayle Anderson, a former DC Thomson Editor and now a freelance writer, and Catriona MacPhee, Assistant Producer at STV News' Dundee office.

Please click here to book.

How Can SMART Branding Work for You? (Coca-Cola 5by20)

1 pm - 3 pm, Holiday Inn Express Dundee, 41 Dock Street, Dundee, DD1 3DR

Mike Brown (identity designer) talks through the branding process. This workshop identifies why corporate identities are essential. 

Topics include:

  • Why do I need a brand?
  • What makes a good logo?
  • How much will a brand cost?
  • Where can I get a logo?

Please click here to book.

Women Into Business: GDPR is coming: How ready are you? (Business Gateway) 

- fully booked

2 pm - 4 pm, Business Gateway, Unit 27 Camperdown Street, City Quay, DD1 3JA

New data protection rules under the GDPR will affect every aspect of how employers handle staff data, from recruitment to managing sickness.

If you have any doubts about whether you are getting it right or simply haven’t got to grips with the impact of the new rules, join us as we review the impact of the GDPR on how you manage employee data. 

Kate Wyatt of Lindsay’s employment team will be considering:

-       Key Changes in the GDPR –what do they mean for employee data processing?

-       The new UK data Protection Bill – how does it apply the GDPR to employee data?

-       Allocating responsibility for data handling – why does it matter?

-       Data collection and retention – what am I collecting, why, and for how long?

-       Policies and contracts – do they meet new requirements?

-       The importance of training – what happens when staff get the rules wrong?

-       Subject access requests by applicants and employees – do I have to comply and how?

Refreshments will be provided. We look forward to welcoming you to this special Dundee Business Week WIB session!

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - We would love to welcome you at any of the other events listed as part of Dundee Business Week.

Pitch Perfect - Scottish Edge 2018 Application Workshop (University of Dundee Centre of Entrepreneurship and Elevator)

3 pm - 5 pm, Dundee Centre of Entrepreneurship, Unit A Heathfield, Old Hawkhill, University of Dundee DD1 5EN.

Win up to £150,000 for your Business. If you have a business and are planning to apply to the Scottish Edge competition, then this session will help you find out more.

Open to all - students, staff, alumni and the general public.

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, find out more about the competition and how to apply for the Scottish EDGE. scottishedge.com.

Please click here to book.


Business Gateway Tayside Conference (Business Gateway, supported by Elevator and University of Dundee Centre of Entrepreneurship)

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

This Conference is for secondary school, college and university students, as well as the general business community.

The theme of the conference is 'if not you, then who? If not now, then when?' encouraging our delegates to make it happen for themselves! 

Mark Beaumont, record-breaking long-distance British cyclist, adventurer, broadcaster, documentary maker and author will be the Keynote speaker at this event and will engage the audience with his presentation entitled: "Around the World and back to Dundee".

We are also delighted to welcome to the stage Kristine Moody of Team Magnus. Kristine Moody set up family outdoor gear supplier, Team Magnus, from her Perth base five years ago, and since then has seen the company go from strength to strength. Kristine puts this success down to a number of key factors. First, an innovative product development programme, leading to a steady stream of new and creative products. This, plus a focus on creating an authentic image of the Scottish outdoor lifestyle, especially to people who perhaps yearn to get away from the daily slog of city life have helped Kristine to build the brand.

Our third speaker is the fantastic social entrepreneur, Collette Norval. Collett is co-founder and Managing Director of the newly launched social start-up, Social Stuff Ltd, creators of SQUAD scarf. Based in Aberdeen, the social enterprise manufactures multifunctional snoods for sports supporters and outdoor enthusiasts, with the aim of giving 100% of its profits to charities and good causes.

This Conference is brought to you by Business Gateway, in partnership with Elevator and the University of Dundee Centre of Entrepreneurship.


To book your free place, please click here.

Developing Young Workforce Perth & Kinross and Developing Young Workforce Dundee & Angus are sponsoring our Make Your Pitch Happen- a competition open to schools for £1,000, for full details please click HERE. 

Challenging Perceptions – Breaking Barriers for Muslim Women in Scotland (Amina Muslim Women's Centre)

10 am - 2 pm, Malmaison Dundee, 44 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee, DD1 4AY

Open to all - students, staff, alumni and the general public.

Inspiring Aspirations’, the national employability project at Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre invites you to our ‘Challenging Perceptions – Breaking Barriers for Muslim Women in Scotland’ event.  Building on the success and feedback from our first ever agency conference in 2017, this event promises thought-provoking discussions, interactive workshops and impetus to generate change.  Ideal for front-line staff, service providers, equalities champions and those seeking to make Scotland a fair and inclusive place to live and work. 

Many Muslim women in Britain face a "triple penalty" impacting on their job prospects - being women, being from an ethnic minority and being Muslim.

The event will feature keynote speaker James Ferguson, award-winning journalist, author of Al-Britannia, My Country: A Journey Through Muslim Britain, discussing discrimination and the negative perceptions Muslim and minority ethnic women encounter both during the recruitment process and when in the workplace.  Amina's Employability team will also be at the forefront, sharing their garnered expertise from their direct engagement with over 500 Muslim and Minority Ethnic women annually.

Delegates will have an opportunity to participate in one of two workshops;

1. An interactive drama based communications workshop delivered by freelance theatre artist Suzi Morrice.   

2. A thought-provoking workshop delivered by Amina's own Vijiha Bashir and Fariha Saeed, exploring the Muslim community in Scotland and tips and techniques for building rapport with Muslim and minority ethnic women. 

There will also be several opportunities to hear first-hand from an array of local Muslim women sharing their own personal employability journeys.

For further information please contact info@mwrc.org.uk or 01382 787450.

Please click here to book.

Principal's Annual Lecture in Entrepreneurship with Mark Beaumont (University of Dundee Centre of Entrepreneurship)

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

Open to all - students, staff, alumni and the general public.

World record-breaking adventurer and University Rector Mark Beaumont BEM will give his insights into what makes a successful entrepreneur as part of University of Dundee’s Entrepreneurship Week 2018.

Mark, who completed his remarkable around the world cycle in only 79 days last year, has built a successful business around his adventures. He will share stories from his epic challenges at a public lecture on Wednesday 21 February.

Mark Beaumont has become a household name through his documentaries about ultra-endurance and adventure. Having smashed the circumnavigation cycling World Record twice in his career, he now holds this 18,000-mile title in a time of 78 days and 14 hours, averaging 240 miles a day. His epic documentaries have taken viewers to over 100 countries, into the Arctic, the high mountains and around the Commonwealth, and also surviving capsize in the mid-Atlantic.

Open to the general public - Please click here to book.


Business Start-Up Workshop - Marketing (Business Gateway)

- fully booked

9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Business Gateway, Unit 27 Camperdown Street, City Quay, DD1 3JA

This workshop aims to help you identify your customers, understand your competitors and plan an effective marketing strategy.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - We would love to welcome you at any of the other events listed as part of Dundee Business Week.

Cruise Business Seminar 2018 (CruiseForth)

9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Discovery Point, Discovery Quay, Dundee DD1 4XA

The cruise market is growing. In 2018, there are 12 cruise ship visits booked for Dundee involving around 19,000 passengers plus crew. Some ships are staying overnight, while the Magellan embarks passengers, on a partial turnaround call. There are a further 113 ships booked for ports on the Forth.

Are you already a cruise-friendly business, operating within 90 minutes of the ports of Dundee, Montrose, Leith, Newhaven, South Queensferry, or Rosyth? If you would like to know more about the opportunities or believe you have something to offer, then this seminar is for you?

The event is organised by award-winning CruiseForth, a project that is entering its eighth year of activity with ships on the Forth.

Please register your interest as soon as possible, and by 9th February at the latest.

This event is free and funded by monies provided through a Scottish Enterprise grant, that will see information about local opportunities promoted internationally.

To book, please contact Peter Wilson at info@cruiseforth.com

A Day with Angels (Investing Women)

- fully booked

10 am - 4 pm, University of Dundee Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, DD1 5EN

A practical, highly interactive workshop with Investing Women. Meet and talk with business angels, get tips on being investor ready, ask any questions you like, meet other entrepreneurs and get help with your pitch.

A Day with the Angels is part of a programme of events that will help prepare you for your investment journey.

  • Part 1: A Day with the Angels
  • Part 2: Making it Concrete
  • Part 3: Pitch Practice

Book on either A Day with the Angels or Making it Concrete to receive buy-one-get-one-free. Once you have attended part 1 or part 2 you will be invited to Pitch Practice.

This programme is kindly supported by the Scottish Government.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - We would love to welcome you at any of the other events listed as part of Dundee Business Week.

Emotion and Empathy in B2B Selling (CEED)

1:30 pm - 4 pm, Room 1502, Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG

Companies are finding it increasingly challenging to differentiate their offerings and establish their USPs. This is due to a variety of factors including technology, instant knowledge transfer and increased global competition, as a result, it is now much more about how we sell rather than what we sell.

Customers are becoming ever more demanding and are seeking suppliers who can offer “customer delight”, insights, solutions and a close relationship.  Research shows that even in B2B sales, buyers base their decisions much more on emotion than logic.  At the sharp end of the customer journey, companies who can really engage with their existing and potential customers will reap big rewards.

Sandy McCurdy of Sales Coach Scot will present the knowledge, skills and processes required to achieve customer delight. It will cover the importance of understanding and tackling the emotions of the buyer and how to use empathic/people skills to achieve sales success.

In addition, we will have input from the final year Dundee Business School students on their Innovation for Global Growth workshop – see attached for further information.

Please click here to book.


Venture 2018 Final (University of Dundee Centre of Entrepreneurship)

9:30 am - 8 pm, University of Dundee Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, DD1 5EN

The Venture 2018 Final promises to be an exciting day within the University of Dundee, and indeed the city's calendar, taking place as the final event in both Entrepreneurship Week 2018 and Dundee Business Week

By registering today, you will secure your FREE ticket to:

  • Hear from entrepreneurial speakers including Dr Debbie Wake of MyWay Digital Health and David Tonery of Oxy-Gen Combustion

  • Take part in cutting-edge business workshops delivered by V&A DundeeEntrepreneurial ScotlandCoca-Cola 5 by 20and Elevator

  • Have ample networking opportunities with businesses, investors and academics

  • Speak to the 16+ expert business support organisations within our exhibition

  • Find out more about the new Centre of Entrepreneurship (including tours) that has been established on campus for Dundee City in partnership with Elevator UK

  • Watch our Staff, Students and Recent Graduates pitch live on stage for a share of the £26k prize fund

Please click here to book.


- Other key events taking place in February 



Monday 26th

Grow Your Social Enterprise: Tourism Growth and Innovation Workshop (Dundee Social Enterprise Network and Scottish Enterprise)

9:30 am - 1 pm, Enterprise House, 3 Greenmarket, Dundee DD1 4QB

This half-day, fully interactive workshop is aimed at helping ambitious social enterprises in the Tay Cities area to better understand the local inbound tourism market and its potential for supporting growth within third sector organisations.

You will have the opportunity during the workshop to generate and develop ideas for tourism services and products. There will also be a clear pathway of follow-up support to encourage the implementation of individual and collaborative ideas identified during the workshop.

The workshop is open to any third sector organisation (social enterprise, charity or community group) across the wider Tay Cities Deal area (Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross and Fife) looking to develop their customer-facing business for the visitor market.

You will have the opportunity at the workshop to sign up for a 1-2-1 surgery with a Scottish Enterprise Innovation Specialist advisor. These surgeries will both provide a sounding board for your ideas and supply further information on accessing Scottish Enterprise innovation support and grants.

To book please contact Susan@dundeesen.org

Tuesday 27th

Meet the Buyer (Dundee City Council)

9:30 am - 2 pm, Best Western Invercarse Hotel, 371 Perth Road, DD2 1PG

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

No booking necessary, just come along.

Wednesday 28th

Workshop - Paid For Advertising (DigitalBoost)

9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Business Gateway, Unit 27 Camperdown Street, City Quay, DD1 3JA

After completing this workshop you will be able to make more informed decisions about where paid-for advertising fits into your strategy. We will explore the relative merits of all the different types of paid-for online options available to you, as well as the mix of social media platforms you can choose from. 

The event also covers strategy, advert content guidelines and ad sizes, keyword planning, tracking and analysis to optimise your campaigns. You will gain a clearer understanding of how to evaluate and analyse existing social media advertising campaigns, pinpoint areas for improvement, and be on top of legal guidelines.

Please click here to book.