PKBEM Collage copyFuture-proofing your business is the focus of Perth and Kinross Business & Enterprise Month 2016, which starts on Tuesday, 1 November. 

A wide range of free events featuring key speakers will be on offer to help local businesses and entrepreneurs embrace future trends and practices under the weekly themes of Innovation, Digital, Processes, Planning and Promotion and Showcasing Business.

Those attending will have the opportunity to develop and boost their business through many of the training workshops, which will take place throughout the whole of November.

Perth and Kinross Business & Enterprise Month 2016 is jointly hosted by Elevator, which helps facilitate the start-up and growth of new and existing businesses across Grampian and Tayside, and Business Gateway, alongside key partners Perth and Kinross Council, Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Scottish Businesses (FSB), Scottish Enterprise (SE) and University of the Highlands and Islands Perth College.

IMG 5593Andrew Burnett, Elevator and Business Gateway Operations Director said: “Perth and Kinross is a great region for entrepreneurial talent and potential, and Perth and Kinross Business & Enterprise Month is a fantastic part of the local business calendar. This year, with the theme of ‘Futureproofing Your Business’, we will be focusing on a range of aspects such as marketing, payment and business processes and offering businesses a look at what the future holds for these.”

FSB Perth and Kinross Chair Gillian McEwan said that now more than ever, the region’s economic growth rests on the future success of its businesses. 

“There are many challenges to running a business; they range from the obvious, such as rising overheads and keeping up with regulation, to external issues such as an increasingly competitive global market, technological developments and the threat of cyber and business crime.

“The events taking place during business month will touch on many of these issues and provide businesses with the skills to deal with them.”

Some of the highlights from this year’s calendar of events includes:

  • How to Grow your Business Outside ScotlandWednesday, 2nd November from 12 pm to 2 pm at Saltire House, 3 Whitefriars Crescent, Perth, PH2 0PA – Google will be on hand to show you the expert tip and guidance on how to really boost your business's online presence and grow your business abroad.
  • The Future of the WebMonday, 14th November from 10 am to 12 pm at Saltire House, 3 Whitefriars Crescent, Perth, PH2 0PA – This very special session will involve a live interactive and in-depth look into the future of the web, and what is to come. You will also find out how to exploit the new and emerging technologies to your advantage. As well as many live demonstrations, this session will outline real-life case studies, and reveal up-to-date tricks and techniques that will save time and money. Please click here to book online. 
  • The Future of PaymentThursday 17th November from 9:30 am to 2 pm at Saltire House, 3 Whitefriars Crescent, Perth, PH2 0PA – This session will offer a look into the future of payment and what this means for SMEs. The challenges and opportunities that the digital revolution present to businesses in the domain of payment will be explored and topics from cyber-crime through to contactless payments will be covered. Please click here to book online.

 You can also view the full schedule of events by clicking here.

For more information on Perth and Kinross Business & Enterprise Month, including how to book your place at any of the events visit, or call 01738 448 310.

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