Business owners and managers in St Andrews are invited to get along to a new series of seminars to be held in the town.
They’re encouraged to sign up for the early evening events to be held in partnership by St Andrews Business Club and Business Gateway Fife to find out more about a range of business ‘issues’, including IT security, international trade, financial planning and ecommerce.
The events, which will run until next April and include an element of casual networking, are part of a new drive by St Andrews Business Club to attract new members.
The Club says it hopes to boost membership by giving business owners, entrepreneurs and managers who work in St Andrews the opportunity to sample the benefits before joining.
Attendance at their first seminar is free to non-members, who will be asked to join and pay the annual membership fee of £30 to attend thereafter.
A Business Gateway Fife spokesperson said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with the St Andrews Business Club to bring in great inspirational speakers, fantastic trainers and local business leaders.
“We aim to encourage and support local businesses and help them learn from the experience, success and even hardships of other businesses at these select seminars. We also want to ensure all businesses in St Andrews get real insights into business development and the right support at the right time.”
The first in the series – held last Thursday – was delivered by Pauline Randall of Rosyth-based Florizel Media who gave delegates an insight into the key factors to consider when using LinkedIn for business and later hosted a Q&A session.
The next seminar on IT security will be held later this month – details of which, along with information on the rest of the series, can be found on the Club’s website.
New president Alistair Lang, said: “Whether you’re new to the area, a long-established business or simply interested in the local economy, St Andrews Business Club is for you.
“Our strength has always been in the diversity of our members and with this series of free seminars we want to increase that by inviting business people who’ve not been involved with the club before to come along and see how being a member can benefit them and their business for only £30 annual membership.
“Towards that aim we also want to tackle some myths around membership of the club which we’re aware have grown up over the years. It’s not men-only or invitation-only. In fact we’re open to all people doing business in St Andrews as we want to benefit all our members more by welcoming new people with a range of backgrounds and skills.”
The monthly breakfast meetings held by the Club at the Scores Hotel are now open to members only – with the new season of talks adopting the theme ‘My Story’.
The first was given by Sir Henry Aykroyd, CEO of Guardbridge-based Intelligent Growth Solutions, who talked about his long and successful career as a serial agri-entrepreneur.
From pioneering the growing of late-season carrots in the late 1980s (culminating in supplying 30% of UK carrot production to the major supermarkets) and becoming Tesco’s dedicated supplier of organic carrots, to growing miniature vegetables for Michelin-starred restaurants, Aykroyd is now focussed on pioneering ‘vertical agriculture’ technologies to address the global issues of food security and water scarcity through competitive low-cost production solutions.