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Clackmannanshire Women into Self-Employment (ClacksWiSE)

Ceteris (Scotland) Ltd have a proven track record of delivering business support and training programmes plus flexible and affordable start-up premises in Central Scotland.  

We are delighted to have been successful in our bid for funding from the Royal Bank of Scotland Skills & Opportunities Fund for our Clackmannanshire Women into Self-Employment (ClacksWiSE) project.

The project will help women looking to return to work, supporting them to start and grow sustainable businesses and provide them with the best chance of success, resulting in a positive economic contribution in Clackmannanshire.

The funding will allow us to provide a new start-up hub facility in Alloa to introduce the women participating in the project to the concept of self-employment.     It will allow us to provide free access to the new start-up business hub for up to nine months, as well as enabling us to provide advice, support, training, mentoring and coaching in confidence building as well as essential business skills to participants.

We aim to encourage around 25 women to take part in the programme, equipping them with increased enterprise and business skills, with our key objective being to support 12 women into self-employment within the next 9 months.   

The ClacksWiSE Programme:

  • Rolling programme starting in July 2017
  • Information sessions throughout Clackmannanshire June - Dec 2017.
  • Providing women from across Clackmannanshire with enterprise and business skills
  • Encouraging self-employment

Specifically the programme will include:

  • Free access to our networking hub at Alloa Business Centre
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Introduction to self-employment, including how to set up a business
  • Ideas Generation
  • Support and training in areas such as:
  • Confidence Building
  • Assertiveness
  • Effective Communication
  • Presentation Skills

 Training in business skills including:

  • Business Planning
  • Finance
  • IT
  • Social Media
  • Marketing

Am I eligible?

  • YES - I am a resident in Clackmannanshire
  • YES - I am interested in starting a business or finding out about self-employment as an option
  • YES - I want to learn new skills

Let ClacksWiSE help you get your idea off the ground

If you would be interested in finding out more about the programme,  please come along to one of our information sessions listed below (feel free to bring a friend along).

  • June 27th Broomhall Castle, Long Row, Menstrie FK11 7EA.  2pm – 2.45pm

  • June 28th - Alloa Business Centre, Whins Road, Alloa FK10 3SA.  2pm - 2.45pm

  • July 27th - Gean House, Tullibody Road, Alloa FK10 2EL. 2pm - 2.45pm

  • August 8th - Alloa Business Centre, Whins Road, Alloa FK10 3SA.  2pm - 2.45pm

  • September 7th - Alloa Business Centre, Whins Road, Alloa FK10 3SA.  9.15am - 10.00am

Simply drop-in - no appointment necessary.

Develop your ideas!

This is where we really get started!  Come along and meet the other women taking part in the project. Have a look around the premises available, find out more about the training available and work together to create and explore ideas for your potential new business.

  • August 23rd - Alloa Business Centre, Whins Road, Alloa FK10 3SA.  9.30am - 12.30pm
  • September 20th - Alloa Business Centre, Whins Road, Alloa FK10 3SA.  5.30pm - 7.30pm

Personal Development Programme

ClacksWise launches it’s Personal Development Programme with two half-day workshops looking at communication and presentation skills (Day 1) then image and impact (Day 2).

Day 1 on September 26th at the Alloa Business Centre (9.30am - 12.30pm) will coach the ClacksWiSE women to project and practice vocal techniques, eliminate “grey” language and develop a confident posture.

Day 2 which is exactly one week later on October 3rd at the Alloa Business Centre (9.30am - 12.30pm), is wide ranging and will help the attendees deal with negativity in a positive way, build rapport, motivate others and build resilience.

  • September 26th - Alloa Business Centre, Whins Road, Alloa FK10 3SA.  9.30am - 12.30pm

  • October 3rd - Alloa Business Centre, Whins Road, Alloa FK10 3SA.  9.30am - 12.30pm

Winter Workshop Programme

ClacksWise has organised a number of key workshops introducing attendees to essential business skills such as marketing, planning, social media, accounts and cashflow.

Alongside these, our "Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar" highights the  legalities of forming a business plus importance of being up-to-date with VAT & NI and highlights the business support available to new businesses.

Call 01259 726430 or follow the links to register.

MORE WORKSHOPS TO BE ANNOUNCED - Keep checking this page and our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Telephone: 01259 726430 and ask for Dorothy Henke or Alison Davidson
Email: dhenke@ceteris.co.uk or adavidson@ceteris.co.uk
Social: Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with all the latest #ClacksWiSE news.

RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund

The Royal Bank of Scotland Skills & Opportunities Fund was set up in 2015 to create opportunities for people in disadvantaged communities to gain qualifications, find work or start a business. Since then over £500k has been distributed to good causes through the Fund.

Thom Kenrick, Head of Community Programmes at RBS said: “Supporting not-for-profit community organisations is a crucial part of our commitment in making a real, long term difference for disadvantaged communities in the UK and Ireland. Since launching the Skills & Opportunities Fund, we’ve already helped nearly 50,000 people. What’s great is that the public have a say in choosing the winners, with almost 30,000 people voting for the causes they care about.

Ross McEwan, RBS CEO added: “Building stronger communities is important to us at Royal Bank of Scotland. We are extremely proud to be able to support not-for-profit organisations at the heart of making a difference in some of our most disadvantaged communities in Scotland. There is so much inspiring work going on in our communities to help people turn their lives around and to be able to play even a small part in this, is a real privilege.”