This is Dumfries & Galloway’s third annual Business Week and it continues to grow from strength to strength. The focus of Business Week is ‘Going for Growth’ recognising the national and regional aspirations to grow the economy. Business Week helps celebrate the fact that Dumfries and Galloway is a place where businesses can thrive and grow; it showcases the wide range of business support that is available to all companies operating locally. Last year’s events received positive feedback with over 800 attendees over the week. The aim of this year’s Business Week is to build further on that success.
From Monday 3 October to Saturday 8 October events are taking place right across Dumfries and Galloway, including business development workshops, digital marketing seminars, Women in Business events, networking sessions and additional events featuring inspirational speakers from the world of business sharing their knowledge and expertise.
“Leadership is about winning the respect of all your colleagues by the way you do your job, the way you work with others and the quality of your decision making”
Does this sound interesting?
Employers value leadership skills highly and this new CPD accredited micro learning course helps provide a unique insight into the key traits, qualities and actions of successful leaders.
The OU Careers and Employability Services have teamed up with industry specialists Work Ready Graduates who are offering a free short course to OU students. The content includes employer interviews, animation and quality learning content; delivering both theoretical and practical information in an engaging format.
Click here to sign up to the course. On completion you will receive a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited certificate.
The Scottish Institute for Enterprise has launched the ‘I’m an Innovator’ competition to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
The competition is designed for any student in college or university or recent graduate of up to two years who has an early stage idea with potential to have social impact.
Entries can be submitted online from February 22nd until April 6th 2016. Up to 25 finalists will attend a special residential bootcamp in June where they will pitch to judges for the chance to win £1000.
Find out more and submit your ideas via the competition website.
How can the UK win the war against waste?
PwC is running a competition to challenge UK university students to come up with ideas in answer to this question; to find ways to reduce, reuse and recycle waste materials.
Participation will be based on a first come, first served basis and subject to meeting the eligibility criteria of being a student studying at a UK University.
There will be prizes for 60 students including those who submit the best ideas. Students with the top 10 ideas will be invited to pitch to a panel made of up PwC experts who will decide on the winner, who will receive an exclusive work shadowing opportunity and £1,000.
If you have ideas, visit the PwC website to find out more and register.
Are you an enthusiastic, postgraduate student based in Scotland who has a business or business idea?
Enterprise Campus want to hear from you! Enterprise Campus are looking for ambassadors to represent their university’s postgraduate community. As an ambassador you will help communicate to other postgraduates about the advice, funding and events that Enterprise Campus run.
Are you living in the Highlands and Islands and want to find out what support is available for your enterprise ideas?
The University of the Highlands and Islands, in conjunction with Converge Challenge, Scottish Institute for Enterprise, Enterprise Campus and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, is organising the following events to support those interested in commercialising their innovative ideas and research.
- 16th Feb, Orkney College, Lecture Theatre, 11.30 – 13.30
- 17th Feb, Inverness College, Room 201d, 11.00 – 12.30
- 18th Feb, SAMS, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, 10.00 – 11.30
Contact at the UHI to find out more and register.
Following on from this, there will be an Enterprise Campus Bootcamp aimed at postgraduate students on Monday 14th March and Tuesday 15th March at the Centre of Health Science, Raigmore in Inverness. This will take place from roughly 10am to 5pm each day. The Enterprise Campus will cover travel and accommodation costs for students who do not live in Inverness.
Please send expressions of interest to at the University of Aberdeen.
If you have a well developed business idea and you’re ready to go, or if you have already launched a new business or social enterprise, enter NEW VENTURES and you could win a £10,000 cash prize to help you on your way!
NEW VENTURES will help accelerate your plan for a business or social enterprise and help unleash the full potential of your idea. Previous winners and entrants of our competition have gone on to be offered investment on BBC’s Dragon’s Den, secure significant funding elsewhere, and are continuing to grow their companies successfully.
SIE is accepting entries from 26 October 2015 until 28 January 2016. Good luck !
Want advice on getting into a career in business?
If so, join OU Careers Advisers and students in a 2-week forum run by the OU Careers Advisory Service, starting on Monday 2nd November and running until Friday 13th November 2015.
The forum will open on Monday 2nd November at 8am – so please come along from then and share any questions or thoughts you have about career options in this area.
Find the forum on our Careers forums and webinars workspace.
What would you do with £1,000?
If you’re a postgraduate and think you might have a good business idea, tell Enterprise Campus, and that hypothetical question might become a reality!
Come to Entrepreneurial Aspirations on 15th Oct, tell them about your idea and you could walk away with funding. No competitions, no pitching – just let them know your idea and why it’s important to you, and you could get a little boost to help get your business started.
Don’t miss the chance to walk away with up to £1,000 for your business, register today!
When: Thursday 15th October 2015
Where: United Augustine Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Time: 4-6pm Workshops and Idea submission 6-8.30pm Networking and results
Are you a green start-up or eco-entrepreneur with a brilliant idea in the green and circular economy sector?
If so, why not apply for the Green Alley Award 2015 and become one of Europe’s leading sustainable start-ups! All you need to do is prepare a pitch desk introducing your business.
You and your green business idea could win funding, rent-free office space and amazing networking opportunities!
Deadline: Tuesday 15th September 2015
Apply Now at: Green Alley Award 2015
or contact: Phone: +49 (0)30 / 200062 – 0
Posted on: 1st Sep 2015 - Part of: Business