Argyll Enterprise Week 2017

Argyll Enterprise Week 2017The second Argyll Enterprise Week (AEW) brings business support events to towns across Argyll from 6 – 10 November.

Funding, exporting, food and drink, tourism and working digitally are some of the themes that will feature in AEW 2017, designed to connect, support and inform businesses.

The series of free events are organised jointly by Argyll and Bute Council’s Business Gateway Team and Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE) in collaboration with the local business community.

This year, we have extended the reach of the workshops, increased opportunity for informal networking and, most importantly, we’ll be letting you hear from people who have made a real success of their business in Argyll and Bute.

You can book your place on the event of your choice by using Eventbrite here.

For more information, please phone the Business Gateway team on 01546 604555.




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Mon 6 November

Funding your Business

These briefings cover a range of sources of funding for your business. There will be a networking lunch, an informal opportunity to talk directly to funders and marketplace.

Council Chambers, Kilmory, Lochgilphead

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Funding your business

Tues 7 November


The event includes key note addresses, seminars and workshops aimed at those working in the tourism sector.  It aims to highlight and provide practical advice on emerging trends and challenges within the industry.

The Corran Halls, Oban

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Wed 8 November

Food and Drink

Leading the discussions will be local producers’ co-operative Food from Argyll, whose members will talk about new ideas and initiatives for distribution and logistics, which plays such a vital role in supporting producers working in a dispersed region.

Other topics that will be covered across the day include the importance that food tourism now plays within the local economy. There will be also be advice on finance and funding; digital marketing and branding; and a lunchtime showcase where delegates can meet new producers and partners.

Loch Fyne Hotel, Inveraray

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Food and Drink

Thur 9 November

Xpo North on the Road

Scotland’s leading creative festival brings a one-day version of XPONORTH to Dunoon, offering the chance to meet a range of industry specialists, look at a range of challenges and opportunities and put your own questions forward.

Dunoon Burgh Hall
Argyll Street

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Xpo North on the road

Fri 10 November

Growing Markets and Exporting

This event aims to inspire organisations to commence trading internationally.  It will provide organisations with practical advice on why and how to trade internationally, including market access information and case studies. It will sign post sources of support and expertise, and give a clear understanding of how to sell products or services overseas.

Corran Halls,


Fri 10 November

Community-led development

This is an opportunity for communities to come together to meet, share ideas and learning and hear of the latest position on Right to Buy and on community-led housing initiatives.  Argyll and Bute Council Asset Transfer Team will be on hand to highlight the role it plays and support it can provide to communities. 

Three Villages Hall

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Community-led development

Mon 6 - Fri 10 Nov

DigiByte Sessions

DigiByte Sessions are a range of focused digital training sessions delivered by our experts to help you take advantage of technology enabled opportunities. Sessions, including Creating videos for YouTube; Digital PR; Facebook advertising; Social media marketing; and creating videos on your mobiles, are being run throughout the week.

Helensburgh, Dunoon, Campbeltown, Lochgilphead & Oban

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DigiByte sessions

Mon 6 - Fri 10 Nov

DigiChat Tour

DigiChat on Tour Q&A Panel is an informal early evening session comprising industry experts. This is your opportunity to ask anything you've been too afraid to ask before!  

Helensburgh, Dunoon, Campbeltown, Lochgilphead & ObanBook your place -
DigiChat tour

Argyll Enterprise Week 2017 funders


What people said about Argyll Enterprise Week 2016

“You can google to your heart’s content, but you won’t necessarily get a good grasp of what these people do and how it can be related to you unless you speak to them.” - Barbara Smith

“The event’s great because I get to learn how the public sector and people like HIE are trying to help companies like mine.” - Sam Coley, Samteq

“If you want to start a business, there’s lots of people here willing to help you and that I think is really special,” - Virginia Sumsion, Food From Argyll

“I have been inspired by the energy and hope that these organisations offer to businesses operating in difficult circumstances and fragile economies,” - Celia Compton, South West Mull & Iona Development

“Events like this ignite your ambition and it’s like coming home for business owners to learn and find new opportunities,” - Jessica Giannottie, Crubag

Argyll Enterprise Week 2017 - schedule of events