Western Isles business owners encouraged to spring clean their skills

Existing and budding business owners in the Western Isles can access expert advice and support from their local Business Gateway office to help make their business blossom this Spring.

There is a varied programme of workshops covering a number of important business topics from retail marketing, to assisting with start-up strategies and offering advice on account keeping.

Donella Bartlett Business Gateway said: “Spring provides the perfect opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn new skills or tackle any issues they may be facing. Our wide ranging programme of events and workshops are led by professional business advisers and address the needs of businesses at a local level across the country.”

The programme includes:

Retail Marketing and Selling –Thursday, 5 June from 9:30am to 4:30pm in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES), Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula. This workshop will cover a broad range of commercial topics that directly affect any business in the retail sector.

Understanding and Implementing Pricing for Profit – Friday 6th June from 9:30 – 4:30, also in CnES, Balivanich. A practical hands on workshop covering techniques to provide realistic pricing for your business

Business and Personal Planning – Thursday, 12 June from 9:30am to 12:30pm in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES), Sandwick Road, Stornoway. Learn how to present a business plan for your business.

Introduction to Finance for Business– Tuesday, 17 June from 1:00pm to 4.30pm in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Balivanich, Isle of Benbecula. This workshop will provide an overview on understanding the basic financial documents.

Absolute Beginners IT – Friday, 27th June from 9:30 – 4:30 in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES), Sandwick Road, Stornoway. The workshop will use practical exercises to provide a broad overview of using email, the internet and word-processing.

In addition to the workshops, Business Gateway offers a programme of additional support that can help you get your venture moving, including an online resource through the website www.bgateway.com, and potentially one to one advice from a network of experienced advisers.

To find out more about how Business Gateway can help you set up and develop your own business as well as find out when and where workshops are taking place, visit www.bgateway.com or call 0845 609 6611. Alternatively call your local Business Gateway office directly on 01851 808240.