Business Gateway workshops in Argyll and Bute

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Planning to start your own business?

Develop your ideas into a practical and effective plan to launch your business

Key elements covered include:

  • Getting the marketing right for your business
  • Developing a realistic, working business plan
  • Deciding what finance you need and learn how to use financial information

The “Practical Basic Book-keeping” workshop

Book-keeping is a core business skill, and, even if someone else does it for you, you still need to understand and value the process. If you want to know the starting point for good record-keeping, this is the course for you. Those new to business and with little or no formal training in bookkeeping will particularly benefit.

Build your own business website

Aimed at small businesses looking to build their own business website. It is aimed at those with no technical web development skills or experience but basic PC skills are required.

The course includes some very basic online trading but those who would like to learn more about integrating this to their website should also consider the Online trading essentials workshop.

Those who have already built their own website, or have a website built/managed for them that they would like to improve should consider the Improve your business website performance workshop.

Improve your business website performance

Aimed at small businesses that already have a website, whether this was built by a professional website designer or homemade, who feel that their website isn’t producing the results that they expect, or needs refreshing.  It is also suitable for people currently in the process of building or having a website built to make sure the end result is going to be successful.

It is aimed at those with no technical web development skills but basic PC skills are required.

Online trading essentials

Small businesses that are considering selling products or services, or taking bookings and payments online, but don’t know where to start. This course is less suitable for people who are already trading online and are looking for detailed technical advice. 

In this workshop delegates will be introduced to the basics of online trading. It will look at the essential things needed in order to be able to take online orders or bookings, and how they can be achieved, including online payment such as PayPal. It will cover various means by which and online shop or booking system can be achieved, including using third party providers such as eBay, Amazon or Booking.com.

Meet the advisor

Business Gateway can offer advice and support to help you develop your ideas into an effective and practical plan.

The advisor can meet with you to talk through your ideas and offer free advice, in confidential one to one meetings.

Marketing your business

A one day workshop aimed at existing small and micro businesses with ambitions for growth.  The session will help participants evaluate their current marketing activity and create a realistic marketing plan to meet their business needs.  The workshop will provide a practical approach, using real examples and shared best practice, to cover understanding markets and competitors, identifying customer needs and wants, setting marketing objectives and budgets, deciding on the marketing mix, developing a plan and measurement of activity. 

Becoming an employer

A half day workshop that will help businesses understand the process of employing people. It will cover legal obligations and recruitment and is aimed at those taking on staff for the first time, or as a refresher for those who have not taken on people for a while. It will cover setting job descriptions and salary, how to confirm a job offer, registering as an employer with HMRC, obligations when an employee starts work, health and safety legislation and employers’ liability insurance and managing staff performance. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to create a structured plan for taking on staff.

Getting the most out of your people

A half day workshop helping businesses to recruit, induct, manage and develop staff in a way that supports their growth. It will cover the skills and processes required to get the best out of staff, rather than the legal aspects and include recruiting and retaining the right staff, induction and training, managing performance and how a business can growth through developing its people. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to create a plan for managing and developing the staff within their business.

If you are interested in finding out more about any of the above workshops please contact the Business Gateway team on 01546 605459 or business.gateway@argyll-bute.gov.uk
To book online visit www.bgateway.com/events

HM Revenue & Customs workshops

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have a series of online presentations or webinars giving help on tax to businesses and the self employed.

The webinars are free but you must register in advance. The presentations last approximately 30 minutes. There are two types - live webinars on set dates, which allow a further 30 minutes for live Q&A; and pre-recorded webinars, available round the clock.

The webinars will cover many different topics, including:

  • Business expenses and capital allowances
  • First steps as an employer
  • The Construction Industry Scheme
  • Self Assessment online
  • Limited companies, an overview
  • How VAT works

The webinars allow businesses and the self-employed to participate in the live seminars and ask questions. These will then be available on the HMRC website to view. The pre-recorded series of webinars will be accessible to watch at any time of day or night.

To find out more or register at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/webinars/index.htm

Courses coming up

To book a place please call the Business Gateway team on 01546 605459 or email business.gateway@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Event

Date

Location

Time

Practical Basic Book-Keeping

Wednesday 7th May 2014

Service Point, Islay

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Thursday 15th May 2014

Enterprise Centre, Lochgilphead

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Wednesday 21st May 2014

The Braes, Dunoon

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Thursday 26th June 2014

Braeholm, Helensburgh

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Tuesday 1st July 2014

West Highland Housing Association, Oban

9.30am - 12.30pm

Thursday 18th September 2014

Braeholm, Helensburgh

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Tuesday 14th October 2014

West Highland Housing Association, Oban

9.30am - 12.30pm

Thursday 23rd October 2014

Victoria Hotel, Rothesay 1.30pm -
4.30pm

Wednesday 29th October 2014

Aqualibrium, Campbeltown 1.30pm -
4.30pm

Thursday 6th November 2014

Enterprise Centre, Lochgilphead 1.30pm -
4.30pm

Thursday 20th November 2014

The Braes, Dunoon 1.30pm -
4.30pm

Wednesday 26th November 2014

Braeholm, Helensburgh 1.30pm -
4.30pm

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

An Roth, Mull 1.30pm -
4.30pm

Business Start-up

Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th May 2014

Service Point, Islay

9.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th May 2014

Enterprise Centre, Lochgilphead

9.30am – 4.30pm

Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st May 2014

The Braes, Dunoon

9.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th June 2014

West Highland Housing Association, Oban

9.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday 25th June & Thursday 26th June 2014

Braeholm, Helensburgh

9.30am – 4.30pm

Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th September 2014

Braeholm, Helensburgh

9.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th October 2014

West Highland Housing Association, Oban

9.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd October 2014

Victoria Hotel, Rothesay

9.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th October 2014

Aqualibrium, Campbeltown

9.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th November 2014

Enterprise Centre, Lochgilphead

9.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th November 2014

An Roth, Mull

9.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th November 2014

The Braes, Dunoon  9.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th November 2014

Braeholm, Helensburgh
 9.30am - 4.30pm

Marketing Your Business

Wednesday 7th May 2014

West Highland Housing Association, Oban

10.00am - 3.30pm

Becoming an Employer

Wednesday 28th May 2014

West Highland Housing Association, Oban

10.00am - 2.30pm

Getting the most out of your people Thursday 29th May 2014 West Highland Housing Association, Oban 10.00am - 2.30pm
Online Trading Essentials
Tuesday 17th June 2014 Braeholm, Helensburgh 10.30am - 3.30pm

Build your own business website

Thursday 5th June 2014

Enterprise Centre, Lochgilphead

10.00am - 3.30pm

Monday 16th June 2014

Braeholm, Helensburgh

10.00am - 3.30pm

Tuesday  24th June 2014

Corran Halls, Oban

10.00am - 3.30pm

Improve your website performance

Friday 6th June 2014

West Highland Housing Association, Oban

9.30am - 12.30pm

Wednesday  25th June 2014

Braeholm, Helensburgh

9.30am - 12.30pm