Business development via Business Gateway: Bidding for public sector contracts and more

Just as the news is published than an Argyll business [Samteq, Dunoon] has won the public sector contract to build the new website for Argyll and the Isles Tourism – against a large and talented field with several competitors from outside Scotland -  Argyll and Bute’s local Business Gateway is offering help to Argyll businesses to compete for such contracts.

Below are the details on this and on other support services and sessions Business Gateway is  running in the near future.

Tendering for public sector contracts

Business Gateway’s new Public Sector procurement workshop will guide you through the process, from registering and setting up relevant alerts on Public Contracts Scotland, completing Quick Quotes and Pre Qualification Questionnaires , share practical tips and case studies and provide experts to answer your questions. This workshop is facilitated by Enterprise Europe Network and all participants will receive a free comprehensive guide on tendering for public sector contracts.

These workshops will be taking place in:

  • Oban – 3 October 2012
  • Campbeltown – 4 October 2012
  • Dunoon – 31 October 2012
  • Inveraray – 1 November 2012

Eight in ten Scottish public sector contracts go to small firms

Small and medium-sized enterprises supply 78% of public sector contracts in Scotland, according to a consultation document on a procurement reform Bill published by the Scottish Government. The document compared the figure in Scotland with that of local Government in England, where just 49% of suppliers are small firms. The consultation document said it hoped the Bill will further increase opportunities for new businesses, small and medium-sized firms and third sector organisations to bid for public contracts. The consultation document on the procurement reform bill is available here.

Business Gateway’s autumn workshops starts  in October

The autumn programme includes practical workshops on building and improving a business website, trading online, an introduction to social media, basic book-keeping, Self Assessment for the self employed and business start-up. Details are available on the document linked here: Oct-Dec 12 workshop poster.  If you wish to book a place either call the team on 01546 605459 or email

ABSEN – Get Mentoring – FREE training for business mentors in Scotland

  • Would you like to know more about business mentoring?
  • Would you like to help women entrepreneurs grow and develop in Scotland?
  • Would you like to develop your own business skills?

The ‘Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring’ training will prepare people to take on a mentoring role, and ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge required. Through this training, volunteer mentors will also learn skills that will be useful to them in other aspects of their own business and professional lives. To find out more visit the ABSEN website here.

HMRC webinars

HM Revenue and Customs have recently added more webinars to their site that are aimed at new & small businesses. For example a webinar presentation called My Self-employed journey with HMRC, aimed at those new to business or considering becoming self-employed. It is particularly suitable for Sole Traders.

Also for Sole Traders/Partnerships they now have two webinars on Business Expenses, namely Business expenses for the Self-employed and also Capital Allowances for the Self-employed.

The live webinars are approx one hour & include Q&A sessions. Some live webinars are in the evening to accommodate those who are working through the day. HM Revenue and Customs also have a range of pre-recorded webinars which can be accessed here at any time of the day.

Autumn learning in Argyll and Bute with Social Enterprise Academy

Leadership Certificate
A potentially life changing 12-day programme , building on your personal strengths
Its aimed at anyone in or aspiring to a leadership position, whether in a third sector or private sector organisation. All welcome, no cost, including accreditation.
Oban – 6 and 7 September

Managing Finance, Generating Income
For anyone looking to generate more earned income
Bute – 25 and 26 September

More details and application forms for these are available by email from:

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