Stirling businesses to look to the future

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Stirling’s Future will be the key theme in March as the city hosts Stirling Business Month 2016.

Organised by STEP, the region’s business support organisation, Stirling Business Month is a month long programme of business events held throughout the Stirling region during the month of March.

Gordon Bell, Chief Executive at STEP commented; “We hosted Stirling’s first Business Week last year which attracted over 600 delegates from across central Scotland. Feedback on last year’s programme was extremely positive. Coupled with results from our annual business survey, it was concluded that there was demand for a wider programme. This year we will focus on Stirling’s Future and showcase why Stirling is such a great place to do business.”

Gordon continued: “We are expecting to attract in excess of 1000 delegates from both Stirling and across Scotland this year. We are also delighted to announce that we have secured sponsorship this year from both the Federation of Small Businesses and University of Stirling Management School.”

Commenting on the importance of the sponsorship Professor Sharon Bolton, Dean of Stirling Management School at the University of Stirling said: “We are delighted to be actively involved with Stirling Business Month, engaging with a wide range of organisations and sharing innovative practice that adds value to local businesses. Our students benefit from partnerships like this by meeting experienced industry contacts, learning valuable insights and getting to work on business projects that enhances their employability.  This approach leads to nine out of 10 of our graduates finding relevant employment within six months of completing their degree, many in the local Stirling area, where they are able to use their learning to help businesses grow.”

Martin Little, Chairman of FSB’s Forth Valley Branch, said: “Small businesses are the backbone of Stirling’s economy, and we work in close partnership with STEP to help get them support and grow. So we are delighted to be supporting Stirling Business Month. I hope many businesses will come along to events and make the most of this opportunity.”

“FSB is also to host Small Business Expo and National Conference in Glasgow at SECC, 17-19 March and would like to extend the invitation to Stirling businesses to attend. It will be another great opportunity to meet with hundreds of smaller businesses coming from all over the UK and to discover how FSB can help your business fly. Please go to fsbexpo.com for more information.”

Stirling Business Month opening conference on March 7 will be hosted by broadcaster and journalist Shereen Nanjiani. Stirling Council Chief Executive Stewart Carruth will discuss the benefits of doing business in Stirling and plans for the future.

To add to the discussion RBS Director of Economics Stephen Boyle will talk about the state of the nation in general, providing an insight into the future of Scotland’s economy. He will also inform spectators about key sectors within Stirling. Those who attend will also hear from successful Stirling businesses, Natural Power, Perfect Service Solutions and Trossachs Distillery.

An innovation event on March 11 will also form a key part of the programme to inspire and debate whether innovation really does result in guaranteed business growth.

In addition, events such as, It’s My Future, are being hosted in partnership with Forth Valley College to inspire new business start-ups and highlight the different routes available into business for young people.

The month will conclude with the prestigious Forth Valley Chamber Awards Ceremony on March 24 at Dunblane Hydro.

For full details visit www.stepstirling.co.uk/sbm or call 01786 463 416

To book your place or find out more, please contact Donna Kudarenko, Marketing Manager at STEP. 01786 463 416 or email events@stepstirling.co.uk.

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