THE programme for 2011’s Fife Business Week has been launched – and it’s double the size of last year’s inaugural event.
After the success of the first Business Week in 2010 this year’s event, launched by Fraser Phillips, chairman of Fife Economy Partnership, has support from colleges, business groups and organisations, with 45 events taking place across the Kingdom.
The Business Week was introduced to highlight the many advantages Fife offers for businesses - and this year will host a further range of seminars and workshops designed to develop skills in business.
Karen Cassells of Impact 21 who deliver Business Gateway events in Fife, said: “We are delighted with the advance bookings for Business Gateway events.
‘‘We have put together sessions on new businesses, new technologies, and new promotions to help all kinds of companies.”
Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning and Skills will kick-off proceedings on November 8.
Kirkcaldy will host sessions on business success, how to start a business, developing internships, networking and insurance.
Events will be run by Fife Chamber of Commerce, Business Gateway, HW Berry, Evans Easyspace and Events for Business, Adam Smith College and the Be Your Own Boss team which will run an informal taster session on self-employment for people in regeneration communities.
Shona Galloway, centre manager for Evans Easyspace, said: “Fife Business Week provides an excellent opportunity for local businesses to meet, network and access a wide range of support to help them develop.
‘‘It is a key date in the Fife business calendar and offers a variety of events – our clients always find something that is of interest to them.”
Full listings and booking details are now available in a brochure available from business centres and colleges throughout Fife, to download at www.fifebusinessweek.co.uk.
And, for the first time, an app is available which includes details of the events happening near the user’s location.
Alan Russell, chief executive of Fife Chamber of Commerce, said: “Fife Business Week offers a wide range of events and activities which provide opportunities for local businesses to brush up on key skills and to learn from people with expertise on a number of specialist topics.
“Most of the events will also provide excellent networking opportunities.
“We would encourage all local businesses to take a close look at the programme.’’