Monday, 18th April
Political Briefings 9:30am Political briefing by partners: Conservative Party Candidates
Time: 11:45 - 13:30 SCDI Catering for future success, Peter Bruce, Entier at Elevator
In this, the first event of Business Week, the SCDI Business Seminar will hear from one of the North East’s leading entrepreneurs, Peter Bruce, CEO, Entier Limited. Starting out as a Commis Chef, Peter worked his way up through the catering sector taking leading Director roles with firms such as Chalk Catering, Commercial Catering Group and Compass Group, significantly growing turnover, profit and employee numbers within all these organisations. In 2008 Peter created Entier specifically aimed at clients in the oil & gas, business services, education and outside events sectors. The company now has annual sales of over £50 million, over 800 employees and has offices in Aberdeen, Houston and Perth providing operations across the globe. Entier has twice been named a Virgin Sunday Times Top 100 fastest growing company and appeared in the “1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain” published by the London Stock Exchange in 2015 & 2016.
In this seminar Peter will talk about the journey which has taken him and Entier to their current position, will outline his plans for the future and touch on his passion for getting young people interested and engaged in the world of food and catering.
Peter himself has been recognised for his entrepreneurial success winning the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Scotland in 2011 & 2013 and IOD Director of the year in 2011, 2013 & 2015.
The session will commence at 11.45am with registration, networking and a buffet lunch. We anticipate concluding by 1.30pm. Spaces are strictly limited.
Time: 14:30 -16:30 Ed Parsons from Google - KCC University of Aberdeen
The session explores new opportunities with technology and how to disrupt your business model to stay ahead of the game in terms of geo activities. Short talk by Ed followed by a Q&A session. We will be promoting an ‘Ask Ed’ on twitter before the event to gather questions for the session. Ed will retweet this to his network
Time: 18:00 - 21:30 AGCC Vanguard Dinner. Gordon Highlanders Museum, Invite only
This invitation only event brings prominent business leaders together to discuss important topics effecting the region and at this dinner, attendees will be discussing entrepreneurship.
Invites will be co-ordinated and contacted directly by our Chief Executive, Russell Borthwick
Sponsored by Shell UK
Tuesday, 19th April
Political Briefings 9:30am Political briefing by partners to: Labour Party Candidates
Time: 13:30 - 16:00 24 Steps to a Successful Startup. Disciplined Entrepreneurship with Bill Aulet at Elevator.
Time: 18.30- 21.00 Aberdeen Entrepreneurs. "Be All You Can Be" at the Double Tree Hilton.
Personal development in the workplace is key to resolving this and through learning the right actions to take it is possible to rediscover your business mojo.
Take the first step to a fresh start by joining Aberdeen Entrepreneurs at a special event on Tuesday April 19, which will focus on confidence, motivation and being the best version of yourself.
The event will include psychometric testing to help delegates understand what makes them and others 'tick' and how they can improve the way they relate to colleagues, friends and family. Innovative tools and activities will enhance motivation and confidence building.
Principal of Aberdeen Entrepreneurs, Carolyn Maniukiewicz, said: “All individuals are unique and work in different ways, which means it is essential for people to recognise how they learn and interact with others and how best to harness this to make the most of their abilities.
“This event is a fantastic chance to discover this, build confidence and enhance team working skills – whilst providing hints and tips on how to enhance their strengths in order to maximise their performance. It will also offer great networking opportunities with other delegates and I would encourage anyone interested to come along.”
The event at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Aberdeen, will begin at 6:30pm and tickets are priced at £40pp, including VAT, with a light buffet included in the cost.
To book a place at the event, please visit www.aberdeenentrepreneurs.co.uk and complete the booking form.
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Notes to editor
Aberdeen Entrepreneurs business networking group offers a working environment for business individuals to come and meet new people, network, gain business opportunities and have an enjoyable evening with like-minded people.
Time: 18:00 – 20:30 Entrepreneurial Scotland Dinner. Mike Logie speaking at Elevator.
The Exchange, the network for those running an organisation to meet likeminded people and to exchange experiences, techniques, ideas and challenges in a confidential environment, holds this event.
This event will be to an audience of 50 people, predominantly business leaders who are members of the Leaders Exchange, who want to hear the behind the scenes story of Mike Loggie. At Leaders Exchange events, we are looking for the ‘warts and all’ version of the story.
The audience are going through business growth, experiencing the challenges and sleepless nights that come with scaling a business. After Leaders Exchange events, members leave the room feeling less alone, more in control and inspired to raise their ambition level.
We are an action focused network and members often talk about the ‘nuggets’ that they have taken away from event speakers - the insights, tips or techniques that they can apply when they are back at their desk the next morning.
The format of the event will be a fireside chat with Sandy Kennedy before opening to the floor for questions from the audience.
Wednesday, 20th April
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 AGCC Business Breakfast, Entrepreneurship Driving Growth
Cally Russell has never regretted turning down an offer of £75,000 from Peter Jones on Dragons Den, and the subsequent £2.5million from the Royal Mail Group vindicates his decision.
As the CEO and founder of Mallzee, the personal shopping app that Yahoo claimed would “change the way the world shopped”, Cally talks through the journey from idea to $5million investment and employing a workforce of 25 in only two years, as well as what it feels like to be on the Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 European influencers list.
Mick Jackson, CEO and founder of WildHearts, wants to dispel the myth that entrepreneurship is an identity for the few as he believes that it is a way of thinking and acting that we all possess.
He explains how entrepreneurship is the greatest catalyst in creating social and economic change and how tapping into your deepest values, you can unleash not only your own entrepreneurial mind but that of everyone in your organisation. To book your place, please click here
Political Briefings 9:30am Political briefing by partners - Liberal Democrats Party Candidates
Time: 10:15 - 11:30 A Morning with Cally Russell.
This event is sponsored by Business Gateway
Time: 12:00 - 14:00 FSB Event at Society of Advocates Library. Family Business Association.
However, research also shows that as family businesses grow and succeeding generations become involved, the complex and emotional issues associated with managing the often conflicting needs of the business and the family can conspire to limit the potential for success of the business - and in too many cases can lead to the failure of the business altogether.
This practical and informative workshop delivered by Family Business Solutions Ltd (FBS) , Scotland’s only specialist Family Business Consultancy, in collaboration with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Scottish Family Business Association (SFBA) will provide delegates with:
• Insight into how family dynamics can impact on the family and the business.
• Knowledge that enables steps to be taken either to deal constructively with family related issues that already exist or put plans in place to avoid them arising in the first place.
• Tips and ideas to maximise the benefits of family involvement and realise the full potential of your business.
• Opportunities to share experiences, problems and solutions with other family business people.
Feedback from previous attendees.
• “Realised that these are issues (current and future) which will need more attention and consideration.”
• “Brilliant, informative, well delivered – no recommendations other than it could have been slightly longer.”
• “Helped clarify why issues related to succession can be difficult to address whilst also showing how, with some independent advice and help, plans can be put in place. Clearly this is a high priority for us.”
• “Excellent – demonstrated a great depth of knowledge and understanding of family businesses and how to provide the practical help that we need.”
• “Better understanding of my own circumstances within a family business and a better understanding of the other family dynamics. Reinforcement of the need for future planning.”
Time: 17:30-18:30 Disrupt your Business Before Others Do, University of Aberdeen
From Heavy Metal to High Finance, Ian and Russell will share how creative leadership, or the lack of it, is the key to unlocking and capitalising on the potential to disrupt markets.
Time: 18:30 - 21:00 Meet The Entrepreneur - Entrepreneurs Scotland Podcast.
Ian Ord is one of the founding directors of Fifth Ring Integrated Corporate Communications and has played an instrumental role in the company’s growth and global success since it was established in 1991 in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Topics include Getting started with an idea, managing a team, managing cash flow, surviving the competition, etc... The event is aimed at small business owners and working professionals who are enthused about entrepreneurship.
Time: 19:00 - 22:00 SCDI Influencers Dinner. Paul Grant, Chairman of Mackays.
Paul will outline the journey which has enabled Mackays to compete with the big multinationals and will also explain how, as Chairman of Scottish Dairy Growth Board, he is trying to take some of these learnings and apply them to growing Scotland’s dairy industry’s international footprint.
Thursday, 21st April
Political Briefings 9:30am Political briefing by partners to - Scottish National Party Candidates
Time: 9:30am - 11:00 Introduction to Trading Abroad at The Export Hub
Discover the opportunities to grow your business beyond Scotland at this free international forum hosted by Scottish Enterprise.
Gain an understanding of the importance of preparing and planning before embarking on international growth, and get support to take your products and/or services to international markets. Our guest speakers from highly innovative Scottish SMEs will share their experiences and challenges of exporting. This forum is a great opportunity for you to network with like-minded globally focused businesses in Scotland. There will be an opportunity for a Q&A session with the guest speakers during the forum. We can also offer 1-2-1 meetings with one of our export advisers after the forum
Time: 13:00 for 13:30 - 17:00 Aberdeen City Council event. 'Working Together to Win Business' workshop in the Town House. time TBC
Time: 16:00 - 18:00 RGU Event. Connect, Combine, Create. Atrium of the SIWB.
The aim for the follow-up event is to get students and representatives from various organisations working together to actualise positive change in key areas of growth identified at the Economic Summit.
Time: 19:00 - 21:30 FSB, Women Entrepreneurs - at the Carmelite with speaker Margaret Gibson, CEO of Women’s Enterprise Scotland
This free event will focus on the highlights, roadblocks and victories that are often unique to women business owners. There will be ample time for questions, chat and networking over a hot buffet after the panel session.
Join us to hear some fascinating stories and gain an open and honest insight in the challenges and opportunities encountered by female business owners. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to develop your business, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from those who’ve done it before.
Friday, 22nd April
Political Briefings 9:30am Political briefing by partners to - Green Party
10:00 - 12:30 Challenging Entrepreneurs at Elevator™.
- Tom & Alice McAra, Rebel PT - Session: Energising Entrepreneurs
- Yva Yorston, Boost Business Support - Session: Running A Business Online
- Andrew Gibbon, XoXo Florist and Aberdeen Lifestyle - Session: Starting A Business
- Donald Bain, Student Entrepreneur - Session: A Global Perspective
10:00 - 12:30 Spotlight on Rural Entrepreneurs in Tourism and Food & Drink.
Ken runs the Deeside Activity Park on Royal Deeside and offers a range of alternative activities from quad biking to 4×4 off-road driving, paintball and rifle target shooting amongst others. In addition Ken has been instrumental in creating the recently launched Aberdeen Angus Trail linking rural heritage, farming and food and drink businesses.
Craig Michie created Barra Bronzes following a desire to produce something extra special through his passion for farming and desire to continue traditional turkey rearing methods to produce the very finest turkeys.
10:00 to 14:00 Investment and Development – Supporting Aberdeenshire’s Town Centres
For information on the property Investment fund that we will be launching please see below:
Phase 1: Grants of up to £10,000 (or 50% of cost whichever is lesser) will be awarded for feasibility studies, architectural drawings or quantity surveying work. Community organisations can apply for a grant covering 100% of these costs. If the total costs of the works identified at this stage outweigh the final value of the development, or the return on investment is below a commercially acceptable value, a phase 2 grant will be considered.
Phase 2: Grants of up to £100,000 will be awarded for actual building/renovation work. It is not expected that the contribution from the Property Investment Fund will come to more than 25% of the building/renovation work..