Archive for the ‘Workshops’ category

CANCELLED: Food Tourism Workshop – Traditional Scottish Dishes with a Modern Twist

January 26, 2010

Sadly due to lack of interest the Food Tourism Workshop scheduled for March 16th has now been cancelled. If you have any questions regarding this please contact Sheena Kitchin of Food Tourism Scotland. Apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.


How to help prevent the spread of swine flu: free webinar from Scottish Government

November 9, 2009

Help to enable Scottish businesses prepare for the impacts of swine flu will be offered through an innovative, free-to-access, online seminar on Thursday 12 November, 2009.

Message from the Scottish Government:

Scotland is now experiencing a second wave of pandemic flu.

While forecasts for the numbers of people likely to become ill have been revised down, businesses may still experience disruption to services and supply chains, as well as potential losses in revenue as a result of higher than average staff absences.

That is why the Scottish Government is working with all the major business organisations to provide guidance on sensible measures to maintain business continuity, to be made available on-line on Thursday, November 12.

To join the seminar log on to from any computer. It will take place between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on 12th November. Please log on around 12.20pm for a prompt start. The seminar will consist of a short presentation and an online Q&A session led by David Hutcheson representing the Institute of Directors (Scotland) and the Business Continuity Institute. The online seminar will be recorded and placed on Scottish Government, Business Gateway and business organisations’ websites, ensuring that the guidance continues to be available to businesses across Scotland.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth John Swinney said:

“While recently published UK-wide planning assumptions for the next 7 months have been revised downwards, the estimates of the proportion of the population who might become ill at any one time are still significant and every business should have plans in place.

“This is not a time to be complacent. Patterns of infection spread could still change, with hot spots resulting in higher than average staff absences in local areas with a knock-on impact on business.

“The online seminar session will communicate key pandemic flu preparedness information which will be of particular benefit to smaller and micro-businesses who may not be getting information through other channels.

“We would encourage firms of all sizes to participate in this event and benefit from free advice to maintain a healthy business. “

We all have a responsibility to limit the spread of disease, reducing the risk within the workplace and perhaps reducing the numbers of staff off at one time. You can do so by encouraging all staff to practice good hygiene measures such as regular hand washing.

Free Social Media Workshop at Dundee College

November 5, 2009

Title: Social media explained….Tweeting demystified!
Date: 09/11/2009
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: Dundee College
Cost: Free


Join us to hear from Kyle MacRae from Blether Media come along to give an introductory talk about how to get the benefits from tweeting, blogging and the new phenomenon that is social media. If you recognise that the old days of ‘broadcasting’ your business message and brand to a passive audience are over, and if you’re ready to have conversations with your customers instead, this introduction to social media marketing is for you.

Kyle built an international brand on a marketing budget of virtually zero. How? By running a successful social media marketing strategy. You will have the opportunity to hear how he succeeded and discuss the benefits of social networking for business. This event is in partnership with impc and the Chamber & Angus Chamber of Commerce and there will opportunities for you to network with likeminded individuals

Contact Details
Karolina Zimniak –

A downloadable booking form is available at:

Getting Ready for the Green Shoots – CMI Conference – 28/11/09

November 4, 2009

Here are some details about a forthcoming conference organised by the Chartered Management Institute, focussing on how to prepare for the economic recovery.  For more information, please use the contact details at the end of the post.

Saturday 28th November, 9am – 5pm
The Gateway, University of St. Andrews

This exciting and informative one-day conference will give you the opportunity to hear from top political, business and academic leaders speaking on how to get through these difficult economic times.

Throughout the conference, there will be time for facilitated discussions and networking to discuss the topics that have been covered over the day. You will be able to share experiences with other guests, develop new ideas and return to your organisation inspired to make a difference.

For further details of the Conference click here

Book your place now to avoid disappointment:

Members: £75
Non-Members: £95
Group Booking Discount: Book 3 places get the 4th place free! (Cheapest place free)

To book your place online please visit: Alternatively you can call on 01536 207330 or email to

Free event at the Old Course Hotel: Protect your business from the threat of terrorism

October 29, 2009

With the prospect of the British Open coming to St Andrews in 2010, Fife Council and Fife Constabulary are hosting a free joint event aimed at the Hospitality industry, on 24th November 2009 at the Old Course  Hotel, St Andrews  to assist businesses in preventing, handling and recovering from a terrorist attack.

This event, branded Project ARGUS, is part of a National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) initiative and will involve taking businesses in the Hotel, Restaurant and Licenced Trade through a multi-media simulated terrorist attack.

Whether you are a national chain or a small business, this simulation will provide you with a unique opportunity to both learn from and contribute to valuable lessons in helping to protect your business, your customers and your assets.

The whole event including a coffee break will run from 9-12.30pm and will be followed by a buffet lunch.

To reserve your place at this event, please e-mail or call on 08451 55 55 55 ext 492175.

Free Business Innovation Workshop – 23rd November

October 20, 2009

Scottish Enterprise is running a free half-day business innovation workshop in Dundee on 23rd November (alternatively you can attend in Glasgow on 24th November, or Edinburgh on the 25th November). Please download the leaflet below for more information.

SE Innovation Winning leaflet

These workshops are available FREE to any size of businesses and their key drivers are to help motivate and inspire those businesses who wish to be innovative and develop new products, processes or ideas.

The event attendees will hear from world class speakers who help them see how to introduce innovative cultures into any size of business.

At the event businesses can then sign up to have either a free one-to-one consultation or to attend follow up workshops which will be promoted to St Andrews businesses shortly after the event.

For further details, contact Beth.

Invitation to a workshop: ‘Identifying Employer Demand for Work-based Degrees’

October 8, 2009

ELRAH is currently distributing this invitation for employers to attend a workshop to discuss whether there is demand for employees who have achieved a Modern Apprenticeship or an SVQ to continue their work-based training to degree-level. Please contact them on the details at the bottom of the email if you are interested in contributing to this discussion.


The Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife and Borders Regional Articulation Hub (ELRAH) has been established by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to develop and maintain ways in which people obtaining HNC or HND qualifications or work-based equivalent qualifications with Scotland’s Colleges can use them to access Degree level study without having to repeat years 1 and 2.

As part of our work, ELRAH is undertaking a study to assess demand for a new range of degree level courses which would enable people in employment holding SVQ, Modern Apprenticeships (MA) or HNC/D qualifications to use these qualifications to continue to study at degree level, predominately in the workplace.

Workshop Objectives
As part of this study, we are holding a workshop aimed at Employers in the: engineering, manufacturing, construction, renewable energy, hospitality, tourism and leisure, health and social work sectors.

The workshop objectives are to:


  • Assess demand for using VQs to progress to degree study
  • Establish employer demand for work-based degrees as a vehicle for workforce skills development, skills utilisation and career progression
  • Identify key motivators for employers


  • Identify methods of course delivery that integrates with working patterns
  • Explore roles for Employers, Universities and Colleges
  • Identify issues/challenges that may be encountered when delivering degree level courses in the workplace


  • Discuss different models and levels of funding


  • Discuss what outcomes are important to Employers
  • Explore measurable impact on employer performance and its contribution to the company
  • Agree a “way forward” for building partnerships in each sector

Who Should Attend
Employers, Company HR and CPD Managers, Sector Skills Councils

Date and Venue
The workshop will take place at Edinburgh Napier University on Friday 30 October  09 between 10.30am – 3.30pm in the Castle Room, New Craig, Craighouse Campus. Lunch will be provided.

To Register

If you are interested in taking part and making a contribution to the discussion, please contact Ian Castles, ELRAH Administrator, E:, T: 0131 455 6170 no later than Friday 23 October 09.