Business Gateway workshops in Argyll and Bute

Find out about courses coming up

Find out about the Supplier Development Programme and courses

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.

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 30th October 2013

Argyll Hotel, Inveraray

9.30am - 1.00pm

Tuesday 19th November 2013

Queens Hall, Dunoon

9.30am - 1.00pm

Thursday 28th November 2013

Menzies House, Oban

09.30 – 1.00pm

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh

9.30am - 1.00pm

Wednesday 12th February 2014

Community Centre, Dunoon

9.30am - 1.00pm

Wednesday 12th March 2014

Argyll Hotel, Inveraray

9.30am - 1.00pm

Wednesday 19th March 2014

Menzies House, Oban

9.30am - 1.00pm

Business Start-up

Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th November 2013

Queens Hall, Dunoon

9.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th November 2013

The Church Centre, Oban

9.30am – 4.30pm

Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th November 2013

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh

9.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th November 2013

Aqualibrium, Campbeltown

9.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday 4th December and 5th December 2013

Enterprise Centre, Lochgilphead

9.30am – 4.30pm

Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Victoria Halls, Helensburgh

9.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th January 2014

Community Centre, Dunoon

9.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th February 2014

MAC Pool, Lochgilphead

9.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th February 2014

Corran Halls, Oban

9.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th March 2014

Aqualibrium, Campbeltown

9.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th March 2014

Fyne Homes,Rothesay

9.30am - 4.30pm