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    WELCOME TO CLACKS BUSINESS WEEK 2016
    Over 30 events in 8 locations across 5 days
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    FRENCH DUNCAN CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS AND BUSINESS ADVISERS
    Sponsors of Clacks Business Week 2016
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    GEAN HOUSE, TULLIBODY ROAD, ALLOA
    Hosting 8 events across Clacks Business Week
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    DEVELOPING TOURISM IN CLACKMANNANSHIRE
    Monday 21 November, 5:30pm at Gean House
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    ASK THE EXPERT: MARKETING, EXPORTING, HR, SOCIAL MEDIA
    Tuesday 22 November, from 9:00am at Elmbank Mill, Menstrie
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    BUSINESS GATEWAY START-UP WORKSHOPS
    22 and 23 November at Alloa Business Centre
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    CHARITY LUNCH FOR THE BENEFIT OF SCOTTISH AUTISM
    Friday 25 November, 1:00pm at Inglewood House

Over 30 events in 8 locations across 5 days

Clacks Business Week is an exciting new development in the business calendar of Clackmannanshire.

The theme of Clacks Business Week is “Business Growth” and over 30 events are spread throughout the week including presentations, round table discussions, workshops, networking breakfasts and working lunches.

Topics covered include tourism, manufacturing, modern apprenticeships, employment law, accounting, auto enrolment, social media and business funding, to name but a few.

This area has a substantial number of really good businesses and the whole week is dedicated to supporting business growth. We have a variety of events aimed at all size of business, all sectors and all stages of business cycle.

We have to thank the organisations that have come together to support and help us organise Clacks Business Week. Particular thanks to French Duncan, Forth Valley College, Business Gateway and Clackmannanshire Business. Without the support of our sponsors, speakers, presenters and event hosts this wonderful week celebrating the Clackmannanshire business community simply would not be possible.

It’s not all about business though, to round off the week in style Inglewood House Hotel & Spa are hosting a fundraising lunch for Scottish Autism’s New Struan School on Friday 25 November. This is sure to be a fabulous afternoon, in aid of a fantastic cause, and we do hope that the Clacks business community shows its support in great numbers.

For further information on any of these events, please email smccusker@ceteris.co.uk or call 01259 726430.

Read "Going for Growth", The Clacks Business Week Magazine HERE.

Monday 21 November

9.30am – 12.30pm | Alloa Business Centre
BUSINESS GATEWAY WORKSHOP: ONLINE PAID FOR ADVERTISING
Ideal for those who wish to increase effectiveness of their online advertising strategy. #digitalboost


12 noon – 2.30pm | Gean House
GOING FOR GROWTH – OFFICIAL LAUNCH & NETWORKING LUNCH
Official launch of Clacks Business Week with Keynote Speaker, Mr Graeme Finnie, Managing Partner, French Duncan.

4:00pm – 5.00pm | The Makers Gallery and Bistro
LAUNCH OF THE CLACKS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE NETWORK
Everyone from the social enterprise community is invited come along and share ideas. How can local social enterprises, charities and community groups work together to grow business? Contact Anthea Coulter on 01259 213840 or anthea.coulter@ctsi.org.uk to find out more.


5:30pm – 7.00pm | The Makers Gallery and Bistro
FOCUS ON THE NEW SOCIAL ENTERPRISE STRATEGY
Discussion around the relevance of four key areas outlined in the strategy: National Recognition for Social Enterprise and the Development of Public Markets, Consumer Markets & Business Markets.


5.30pm – 7.30pm | Gean House
DEVELOPING TOURISM IN CLACKMANNANSHIRE
Learn more about the latest news, opportunities and support available for the tourism sector in Clackmannanshire.

Tuesday 22 November

8.30am – 10.30am | Muircot Farm
FORTH VALLEY BREAKFAST BUZZ
Informal and friendly networking for businesses across Forth Valley. Drop in and out whenever you want – no registration required.


9.00am – 11.00am | Elmbank Mill - PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
ASK THE EXPERT: JENNIFER MCDONALD OF PERFECT PENNY MARKETING
Jennifer is an expert in SME Marketing Strategy. Call 01259 726430 to book your 1-2-1 Marketing consultation with her.


9.30am – 12.30pm | Alloa Business Centre
BUSINESS GATEWAY START-UP WORKSHOP (1 of 4): BUSINESS PLANNING
Advice on creating a robust business plan for your new venture.


10.00am – 2.00pm | Alloa Town Hall
FORTH VALLEY MEET THE BUYER EVENT
Meet buyers from Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, and Stirling Councils together with other public sector buying organisations.


11.30am – 1.00pm | Elmbank Mill
ASK THE EXPERT: NEIL FRASER, EXPORT ADVISER, SCOTTISH ENTERPRISE
Looking to grow your business via exporting? Call 01259 726430 to book your 1-2-1 consultation with Neil who can advise on the support services and grants available to help you succeed.


1.30pm – 3.00pm | Elmbank Mill
ASK THE EXPERT: STEVE MAGUIRE, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CREIDEASACH EMPLOYMENT LAW
Steve specialises in the provision of Employment Law Advice and HR Consultancy services. Book your appointment for straight forward 1-2-1 advice now on 01259 726430.


1.30pm – 4.30pm | Alloa Business Centre
BUSINESS GATEWAY START-UP WORKSHOP (2 of 4): FINANCE
Includes advice on managing a profit and loss account, producing a cashflow statement and the different legal structures available to your new business.


3.00pm – 5.00pm | Alloa Town Hall
MEET COUNCIL SERVICES: DISCUSS YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS
Put your questions and issues to representatives from a range of Clackmannanshire Council services that are particularly relevant to businesses.


3.15pm – 4.45pm | Elmbank Mill - PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
ASK THE EXPERT: STUART MCCUSKER, BUSINESS ADVISER, BUSINESS GATEWAY
Your Social Media strategy not returning the results you expect? Or are you simply looking to set up a Facebook Page. Call 01259 726430 to book your 1-2-1 Social Media consultation.


4.00pm – 5.30pm | Forth Valley College
BUSINESS START-UP WORKSHOP
Concise workshop presented by Business Gateway Clackmannanshire covering the fundamentals you need to know when starting up a new business.


5.30pm for 6.00pm – late | Gean House
SCOTTISH MANUFACTURING ADVISORY SERVICE INFLUENCER DINNER
Discussions over dinner will explore the new Manufacturing Action Plan for Scotland. Invitation only.

Wednesday 23 November

8.00am – 9.00am | Forth Valley College
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SCOTLAND: CONSTRUCTION MODERN APPRENTICESHIP BREAKFAST
The session is aimed at construction employers to showcase how Forth Valley College can support in the training of construction modern apprenticeships. This short informative event will provide information on the modern apprenticeship structure, funding and a tour of the Alloa Campus facilities (breakfast will be provided). If you would like to attend please email marketing@forthvalley.ac.uk or call Lynsey Reid on 01324 403202.


9.30am – 12.30pm | Alloa Business Centre
BUSINESS GATEWAY START-UP WORKSHOP (3 of 4): MARKETING
Identify your customers, understand your competitors and plan an effective marketing strategy for your new business idea.


12.00 noon – 2.00pm | Gean House - PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
CLACKS BUSINESS WOMEN LEARN & LUNCH BY FSB
Hosted by the Federation of Small Businesses, “Learn & Lunch” aims to help female entrepreneurs compete, grow and thrive. Includes “Boost Your Brand” presentation.


1.30pm – 4.30pm | Alloa Business Centre
BUSINESS GATEWAY START-UP WORKSHOP (4 of 4): INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Covers hardware and software requirements, planning your website, choosing the right internet provider and keeping your data secure.


2.30pm – 4.00pm | Alloa Business Centre
RESOURCE EFFICIENT SCOTLAND - HOLD ON TO YOUR PROFITS
Hold on to all your hard-earned profits - join this free Resource Efficient Scotland workshop and learn the top 20 ways to cut your business’s energy, water and waste bills.

6.00pm – 9.00pm | Gean House
DEVELOPING YOUNG WORKFORCE: INVESTING IN YOUTH
A round table platform for local employers to discuss how to make it easier for companies to engage with schools and higher education.

Thursday 24 November

9.00am – 10.00am | Elmbank Mill
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AUTO ENROLMENT
A presentation by The Auto Enrolment Advisor to help guide company owners and directors through the Auto Enrolment Process.


9.30am – 12.30pm | Alloa Business Centre - PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
BUSINESS GATEWAY WORKSHOP: TWITTER
Ideal for small business owners and social media planners who would like to make more effective use of their business’s Twitter presence.


11.00am – 12 noon | Elmbank Mill
DO YOU GET VALUE FROM YOUR ACCOUNTANT?
Mark Stewart of Stewart Accounting Services details some of the key issues to consider when hiring an accountant.


1.00pm – 2.00pm | Elmbank Mill
FRENCH DUNCAN PRESENT TAX 2020
HMRC recently published consultation documents setting out proposals for Making Tax Digital from 2018. This session will cover how compulsory digital record keeping and quarterly reporting for businesses, the self-employed and landlords will work and how to plan ahead. PLUS changes for the post Brexit economy announced by the chancellor in his Autumn statement on 23rd November.


2.30pm – 3.30pm | Elmbank Mill
BENEFITS OF CLOUD COMPUTING FOR ACCOUNTANCY
A presentation by Clacks Business Week Sponsors, French Duncan, on the importance of real-time accounting.


4.00pm – 7.00pm | Forth Valley College
DEVELOP YOUR WORKFORCE
This event will showcase how Forth Valley College can support your workforce through a range of business training courses. You will have the opportunity to speak to college representatives and industry experts.

Friday 25 November

9.00am – 1.30pm | Gean House
BUSINESS GATEWAY PRODUCT AWARENESS (FOR GROWTH BUSINESSES)
Hosted by Business Gateway Forth Valley, this invitation only event will inform and update growing businesses on the support available to aid further growth.


9.30am – 12.30pm | Alloa Business Centre
BEGINNERS EXCEL TRAINING COURSE
An introduction to the fundamentals of Excel including columns and rows, formatting, formulae, basic calculations, shortcuts and more!


1.00pm – 4.00pm | Inglewood House
CHARITY LUNCH FOR THE BENEFIT OF SCOTTISH AUTISM
Celebrate the close of Clacks Business Week with a fundraising lunch for New Struan School, Alloa.


1.30pm – 3.30pm | Gean House
FUNDING & SUPPORT EVENT FOR BUSINESSES IN FORTH VALLEY
Exhibition highlighting the funding and support available to help the growth of businesses in Forth Valley.