LOCAL businesses will benefit from talks by industry leaders, expert-led workshops, in-depth business seminars and motivational events during Angus Business Week 2015, which runs from 14-18 September.
A packed programme of events has been planned which will support local businesses of all sizes and in all industry sectors to realise their full potential by focusing on investment, growth, innovation and moving into international market, as well as providing advice, inspiration and motivation.
Angus Business Week has been developed by a partnership of local and national organisations, including Angus Council’s Business Angus team, Business Gateway, Centre for Engineering, Education and Development, Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce, Dundee & Angus College, Scottish Development International, Skills Development Scotland and Tayside Engineering Network.
The Angus Business Breakfast kicks off the week of events on Monday, 14 September. This will include a talk by former Forfar Academy pupil and now Global Scot Mike Butler of American pharmaceutical company Xceleron, as well as a talk by Nik Scott-Gray, recently appointed Chief Executive of Montrose Port Authority. “Initiatives such as Angus Business Week provide local businesses with expert advice and support to help them grow and realise new opportunities, while also providing a great way to meet other local businesses and discuss important, relevant issues,” said Nik Scott-Gray.
“Angus is a vibrant, forward-looking county with a positive outlook. The future for Montrose Port and the Angus area is an exciting prospect and I’m looking forward to discovering more opportunities for our business through Angus Business Week.”
The morning of September 14 will also feature an Innovation Clinic at Forbes of Kingennie. This event will highlight the ground-breaking companies based in Angus and also the opportunities provided by the Centre of Engineering, Education and Development.
On 15 September, the benefits of the Modern Apprentices scheme will come under the spotlight at a talk at Bruce House, Arbroath. This will be followed by a ‘TED Talks’ evening at The Stag in Forfar - a new concept for Angus Business Week - providing motivation in the form of short and snappy mini-presentations.
The High Noon Lunch at Carnoustie Golf Hotel on 16 September promises to be one of the highlights of this year’s Angus Business Week. Organised by Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce, the speakers will be John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, and Ellis Watson, CEO of publishing company, DC Thomson & Co Ltd.
Budding entrepreneurs will be able to find out about starting a business at Dundee & Angus College in Arbroath on the evening of 16 September. The next evening – Thursday, September 17 - A Women in Business event will be held at the David Lloyd Centre, Monifieth, when Tayside Engineering Network will also be hosting a networking evening at Dundee & Angus College in Arbroath.
Angus Business Week will conclude on September 18 with the International Strategy Forum, which is being organised by Scottish Development International and Angus Council. The International Strategy Forum will provide in-depth guidance about the support and advice available to Scottish businesses looking to break into international markets.
To find out more about Angus Business Week 2015, or book places at any of the events, visit www.angusbusinessweek.co.uk.
Caption: Nik Scott-Gray, Chief Executive of Montrose Port Authority, one of the speakers at Angus Business Week 2015