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The Fife Economy Partnership is delighted to host Fife Business Week to promote business opportunities for companies of all sizes and in all sectors.

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Welcome to the sixth Fife Business Week.

The Fife Economy Partnership is delighted to host Fife Business Week to promote business opportunities for companies of all sizes and in all sectors.

The Week’s programme is packed with over 30 events reflecting the key issues of business today – employability and training, communicating with customers on social media platforms, tourism, business finance and strategy. A Meet the Buyer event will highlight forthcoming supply chain opportunities. Events will take place across Fife and the vast majority are free to attend.

I’m pleased that our public and private sector support agencies will be involved to share their knowledge, expertise and help. Fife Business Week offers a valuable platform for business experts and entrepreneurs to stimulate discussion, sharing of ideas and best practice as well as opening up networks and business opportunities.

Continuing the success of previous Weeks the 2015 Fife Business Week will inspire and support new entrepreneurs and established businesses and show that Fife really is a great place to do business.

Stephen Doran
Chair of the Fife Economy Partnership


Events

Fife Business Week runs from 9 - 13 November 2015.
Day 1
09 Nov 2015
Day 2
10 Nov 2015
Day 3
11 Nov 2015
Day 4
12 Nov 2015
Day 5
13 Nov 2015

ENGAGING YOUR PEOPLE THROUGH CHANGE AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Mon 09 nov

phone icon0845 607 8787

http://tinyurl.com/p9x4n39
We are pleased to invite you to a breakfast event focused on how to develop better ownership and involvement from your people in sustainable process improvement. The event is aimed at outlining what excellence in ‘Lean’ looks like, the application of the change model, the role of the Leaders in the change process and the significance of process confirmation. This event will take you through the change process and emphasis how best to achieve sustainable change.

How to survive social media – The legals you need to know

Mon 09 nov

phone icon01383 721621

FREE
Free social media policy template for all delegates. enquiries@businesslaw.co.uk
Social media can be a significant component to growth for your business. This session will explore the legal aspects and provide risk management tips for your business to adopt to ensure you have a robust staff policy and are compliant with the law.

MEET THE SOCIAL FUNDER

Mon 09 nov

phone icon03451 555555 (Ext 442416)

FREE
Graeme Ferguson
Graeme.ferguson@fife.gov.uk
A half-day event for Social Enterprises and representatives from local groups and communities to meet and discuss with funders, including commercial lenders to obtain new ways in which funding can be accessed. There will be a programme of speakers throughout the morning explaining how to reduce the risk and fears involved in accessing finance and how finance can benefit organisations, rather than always chasing grants. Ample opportunities for networking.

ADVERTISING & PROMOTION

Mon 09 nov

phone icon01592 858333

FREE
Craig Rutherford
success@bgfife.co.uk
Identify what and where the markets are for your business and the key ingredients for advertising successfully. The cost benefits of using different types of advertising and the benefits of setting up a website.

THREE WORKSHOPS TO IMPROVE BUSINESS PERFORMANCE

Mon 09 nov

phone icon0800 612 7760

FREE - Limited to 40 spaces
Sam Greer
sam.greer@itek.co.uk
We will have three experienced professionals, including: Is 365 suit right for your business? Craig Arbuthnott, Itek Systems Management An Introduction to Microsoft DynamicsGiving Greater Control Over Finances and Operations. Bill Kelly, Vozero Marketing in the 21st Century & Why it’s Consumer Led. Chris Marr, Learning Everyday Find out how these speakers will provide you with business continuity, greater control over your finances and how to effectively communicate with your customers. We will discuss these topics, offer alternative solutions and provide further guidance on future development.

START-UP: ACCELERATE YOUR NEW BUSINESS

phone icon01383 435980

FREE
Kirsty Price
hello@acornenterprise.co.uk
During this exciting event, which Acorn Enterprise is running in partnership with Liberty Business Centres, we will explore what running your own business is really like. Acorn Enterprise are the experts in accelerating start-up businesses and we promise we'll give you inspiration, resources and practical tools to boost your new venture. Followed by a networking lunch.

CYBER CRIME; THREATS, CONSEQUENCES AND COUNTER MEASURES

Mon 09 nov

phone icon01592 858333

FREE
Craig Rutherford
success@bgfife.co.uk
This workshop is designed to demonstrate some of the more common tactics used by hackers to infiltrate business systems, websites & networks. See how they evade firewalls and anti-virus programs; why cybercriminals are switching their focus to the SMEs and the many consequences of being hacked. You’ll also find out about the potential fines which can be imposed by the EU and ICO for not taking sufficient measures to protect your stored data. Come along and get some practical advice on this topic and how to protect your data from the endless supply of malware out there.

PENSIONS AUTO-ENROLMENT OVERVIEW AND LIVE DEMO OF SAGE PAYROLL PENSIONS MODULE

Mon 09 nov

phone icon01383 628800

FREE
Carol Humphries
chumphries@thomsoncooper.com
This course is a must for any small or medium sized business with questions regarding auto-enrolment, which will eventually apply to ALL employers, with no exceptions. This seminar will outline the regulations, help employers understand their duties and create a plan for meeting their obligations. It will also feature a demonstration of the Sage Payroll Pensions Module and how the software can help business owners meet their obligations under the regulations.

INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY FORUM

phone icon0141 228 2038 / 07500854921

FREE
Nina Walden
nina.walden@scotent.co.uk
This breakfast event, run by experienced practitioners from SDI and Business Gateway Fife, will provide you with an opportunity to learn the importance of an effective international strategy. Hear from 2 successful exporters on their international strategy and how it helped the the growth of their business.

INVEST IN FIFE – PROPERTY EVENT 2015

phone icon03451 555 555 (ext 445659)

FREE
Carlene Simpson
carlene.simpson@fife.gov.uk
This event will provide an update on the latest trends and developments in the Scottish and Fife Property Market as well as giving the opportunity to hear from Fife businesses. The event will showcase a series of strategic mixed use developments across Fife with a combined development value exceeding £2.5billion. We are inviting builders, suppliers, retailers, and commercial interests to meet, network, and explore opportunities to play a part in this exciting and transformational stage in Fife’s development.

BREAKFAST SEMINAR – INTRODUCTION TO THE UK’S #1 CLOUD BUSINESS SOFTWARE FOR SMES – NETSUITE

phone icon01383 840700

FREE
Helen Soutar
helen.soutar@coopersoftware.co.uk
How businesses join up all of their systems using the #1 cloud solution, NetSuite. NetSuite is a revolution on how companies can build a platform across their business that will help them grow. NetSuite is the UK’s #1 Cloud based business software that offers one unified business management suite, including financials and reporting, CRM, ecommerce and resource planning. It delivers considerable operational savings and helps increase sales for SMEs.

HEALTH & SAFETY – THE BASICS

phone icon01592 858333

FREE
success@bgfife.co.uk
A basic level session to increase participants’ awareness and understanding of their statutory requirements in relation to occupational health and safety, with a focus on the basic requirements and current enforcement priorities, and the help available from Healthy Working Lives Fife.

CREATING A ROBUST BUSINESS STRATEGY FOR 2016

phone icon07809 211508

FREE
Les Bawden
Les@summerhaze400.freeserve.co.uk
Some of the most overused and misunderstood words used in planning are Strategy, Mission, Vision and Values. Often in an enthusiastic desire to set up our business quickly we overlook the fundamental importance of ensuring our new business has clear direction and focus. This workshop is for business owners who want to have that vital skill in setting up their mission, vision and values to allow them to determine and revise their business strategy and respond to the changing needs of the business.

SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE WORKPLACE

phone icon01592 647740

 
£10+VAT FCC members
£20+VAT FCC non-members (Includes lunch & refreshments)
Jacqui Curley
jacquicurley@fifechamber.co.uk
This session will explore some of the practical issues faced by employers when dealing with Social Media in the workplace. The use of Social Media has grown rapidly and has fundamentally changed the way many businesses operate. Our guest speaker is Donna Reynolds from CCW Legal who is an Employment Law and HR Expert with over ten years’ experience of advising employers employing from 1 to over 300 employees.

SUCCESS WITH THE CLOUD

phone icon01383 621118

FREE
Cally Wilkinson
cally@msactax.co.uk
At M&S we want our clients to succeed. This event, specifically aimed at start up and business growth, will focus on the increasing popularity for cloud accounting software use within small businesses, and the benefits this can bring in both the short and long term. Pleased to announce that joining us on the day will be Xero’s Senior Account Manager, Diane Holden. A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.

STEPS TO DEAL WITH STRESS

phone icon01592 858333

FREE
success@bgfife.co.uk
This session will support employers and HR officers to utilise the Scottish Government’s Steps to Deal with Stress resources. This short session will provide an overview of mental health and stress, then review the resources and how they can be used to support workers. To view the Steps to Deal with Stress resources please visit www.stepsforstress.org

SOCIAL MEDIA SURGERY

phone icon01383 435995

FREE
Pauline Randall
pauline@florizelmedia.com
Drop in and see the Social Media Doctor and get answers to your social media problems. Book a 45 minute FREE appointment on our website www.florizelmedia.com/fife-business-week/

All day – various time slots (booking essential).

BUSINESS BENEFITS OF MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS

phone icon01383 559130

FREE
John Hamill
johnhamill@fife.ac.uk
Fife College will outline how employing a Modern Apprentice can support the growth of your business and ensure sustained growth. The session will include an overview of the Modern Apprenticeship scheme and a chance to hear of the success from employers and apprentices.

BUILDING THE TOURIST EXPERIENCE

phone icon01383 559055

FREE

Jamie Brindley
jamiebrindley@fife.ac.uk
An informal session focusing on how to combine World Host programmes and local provenance to develop tourism numbers and spend.

SETTING UP AND RUNNING ALTERNATIVE ENTERPRISE FORMS: COOPERATIVES, COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP AND SOCIAL BUSINESSES

phone iconFREE
To register: tinyurl.com/standrewsfifebusinessweek

With strong global interest in, and policy and practice drivers for, ‘social’ and ‘responsible’ alternative enterprise forms, the last few years have seen a revisiting of alternative, and often more traditional ways of owning and managing assets: from co-operative enterprise models, to employee-ownership approaches, mutuals and charitable trusts. But how do you set up and run such alternative organisational forms? Co-produced by leading academics from the University of St Andrews, practitioners, business and legal professionals, this event highlights and discusses the practical issues of getting started and succeeding.

HOW TO NAVIGATE SELF-EMPLOYED CONTRACTORS

phone icon01383 721621

FREE - Offer to first 4 bookings. Bring an existing contract for a short 20 minute consultation
enquiries@businesslaw.co.uk
An overview of bear traps to avoid and top tips for success when using self-employed contractors, from highly experienced Employment Law Specialist Dawn Robertson.

IMPROVE YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL CREDENTIALS WITH THE NEW ECOLOGY CENTRE

phone icon01592 891567

FREE
Julie Samuel
julie@theecologycentre.org
Find out how you can improve your business's environmental credentials at The Ecology Centre’s brand new eco venue. The event includes a tour of the new premises, looking out over Kinghorn Loch, which are built to Passive House standards. Refreshments provided.

LOW CARBON BUSINESS EVENT

phone icon01592 647740

FREE
Jacqui Curley
jacquicurley@fifechamber.co.uk
Please join us to hear from a panel of industry experts who will advise on how you can improve the impact your business has on the environment. Our main speaker will update us on The Levenmouth Community Energy Project based at the Hydrogen Office in Methil. We will also hear from speakers on waste management and where to go for support to implement changes.

EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP TRUSTS – AN ALTERNATIVE EXIT STRATEGY

phone icon01592 572102

FREE
Catherine Maciocia
catherine@fifebusinessservices.co.uk
This seminar will give an overview of the Employee Ownership Trust model and the benefits that can be achieved for both exiting owners and the company. The event will look at recent transactions worked on by Fife Business Services and also the opportunity to talk to owners and employees of companies who have chosen this route. Tea / Coffee and Bacon Rolls will be provided and there will be time for questions and networking.

CHANGE THE WAY YOU COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR AUDIENCE USING THE PRINCIPLES OF CONTENT MARKETING

phone icon01592 858333

FREE
Craig Rutherford
success@bgfife.co.uk
Times have changed and the old ways of marketing are simply not coming back. It used to be that there were only a few main methods of marketing communication, but in the past 20 years the Internet has changed the way in which we communicate forever. As a business owner it is your responsibility to understand how to communicate in a way that is relevant to your audience. Gain insight into why content marketing is the answer to effective communication and promoting your business in the 21st century.

FIFE COUNCIL MEET THE BUYER EVENT

phone icon03451 555555 (Ext 442650)

FREE
Kieran Hunter
kieran.hunter@fife.gov.uk
Learn more about doing business with Public Sector Agencies and prime contractors in the private sector. Fife Economy Partnership is hosting a Meet the Buyer exhibition as part of Fife Business Week. Following the success of 2014 Meet the Buyer, this exhibition will provide a unique opportunity for Fife businesses to meet directly with public and private sector buyers including Fife Council procurement category managers and Tier 1 suppliers Raytheon UK.

EXPLORING CREATIVITY WITH MIND MAPPING

phone icon07809211508

FREE
Leslie Bawden
les@summerhaze400.freeserve.co.uk
Mind mapping, devised and developed by Tony Buzan, is a hugely powerful visual and graphic technique helping you to unlock the potential of your brain. The simple but incredibly effective technique can be applied to many aspects of your working life where improved learning and clearer thinking will increase the creative performance of your people. This workshop will allow you to identify the value of this technique and create a map with others by using the infinite power and creativity of the human mind when running your successful business.

BETTER BUSINESS

phone icon01592 267849

FREE
Paula Ketterer
pketterer@hwca.com
Business isn’t just about finance. In fact, it’s about a whole lot more than that. Every business is different with varying challenges at different times. These challenges can range from raising finance to retaining staff. Come and find out how an integrated approach will help your business to thrive and grow.

MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE

phone icon01592 776700

FREE (Lunch provided)
John Penman
sales@fifab.co.uk
Fife Fabrications is recognised as one of the UK’s leading precision manufacturing sites. Through the use of ERP, process improvement and people development we lead the sector in best practice. Come and see the benefits of process improvement, ERP and best practice in a live visit to our premises.

TOPICAL TAX TIPS FOR TOURISM BUSINESSES

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FREE
Peter Southcott
peter.southcott@eqaccountants.co.uk
This session will give ideas of how tourism businesses can reduce their tax bills and is suitable for existing and start up businesses.

XERO MAX – XERO UP-SKILL MASTER CLASS

phone icon01383 628800

FREE
Carol Humphries
chumphries@thomsoncooper.com
Using Xero already? Then this course is for you! Whether you’re a new user or if you’ve got a bit of experience, this course will help you get the most from Xero. Our award-winning Associate Elaine Cromwell will demonstrate the latest features and answer your questions. Elaine is an expert in accounting systems and software and has an in-depth knowledge of the issues that need to be considered when using cloud accounting.

ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF FUNDING TO SUPPORT YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS AMBITIONS

phone icon07901 937742

FREE
Graham Tod
graham.tod@rbs.co.uk
We are delighted to invite you to this event where you will hear from a range of our local relationship management team. The aim is to dispel some of the myths and present in a practical way the range of opportunities that you can access to support you and your business ambitions.

SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY AND ANALYTICS SEMINAR

phone icon01383 435995

FREE (Limited Spaces available)
Pauline Randall
pauline@florizelmedia.com
We’ll look at the essential points you should be considering when developing your social media strategy. We’ll also take a look at some of the key metrics you should be monitoring. Book your place at www.florizelmedia.com/fife-business-week/

ADVERTISING WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

phone icon01592 858333

FREE
Craig Rutherford
gsuccess@bgfife.co.uk
Want to quickly build a relevant client base or an active email list? Want to generate sales straight away? If the answer is yes, you should consider using paid social media advertising to help supplement your organic activities, in order to achieve your business objective. If you don’t understand how advertising works across the main social media channels, you could end up wasting a lot of money. The aim of this workshop is to give you a basic understanding of how advertising works on some of the key social media platforms.

ETHICAL SELLING – DO HONEST SALES PEOPLE FINISH LAST?

phone icon07786 038317

FREE - 12 spaces available
Daryl Watson
daryl@ConsultF5.com
An interactive experiential learning & development session to understand the relationship between values and sales success. Workshop Session Objectives: • Understand the relationship between values and selling • Develop a greater awareness of personal values • Understand and explain the vital between personal values and values • Understand the four key qualities of Values Based Selling

WORK SMARTER WITH IT – TOP TIPS AND PRACTICAL EXAMPLES

phone icon01383722225

FREE
David Shuster
david@manageditexperts.co.uk
Practical examples of how you can get more done and make your work more enjoyable with the help of simple, free and low-cost add-on applications. We'll show how businesses can make the most of free or low-cost applications that save time and increase productivity. We will cover; Achieving inbox zero with Sanebox; Chasing people like a pro with Sidekick and Better writing made easy with Grammarly.

HEALTH, SAFETY & WELLBEING OF OLDER WORKERS

phone icon01592 858333

FREE
Craig Rutherford
success@bgfife.co.uk
In this session participants can find out about current developments in relation to addressing health, safety and wellbeing issues in older workers. The session will also introduce participants to other important areas in the management of a healthy ageing workforce. Participants can also find out about the help available to workplaces from Healthy Working Lives Fife, Fife Council and other external agencies. The session is aimed at employers, although information will also be of interest to worker representatives.

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