Entrepreneurs to pass on tips during first Borders Business Week

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A selection of entrepreneurs from across the Borders will be aiming to inspire business owners in a series of talks and seminars at the inaugural Scottish Borders Business Week.

The programme of business support events and workshops runs from Monday, September 29 until Friday, October 3, and focuses on growing and developing a business, with each day taking on a different theme.

Each morning, keynote speakers will focus on the topic of the day at a series of business breakfasts.

Amongst the entrepreneurs taking part will be Peter Murphy from Turnbull and Scott, Veronique Lapeyre from Eribe Knitwear, Alex Feechan from AF Clothing, and John Henderson from the Scottish Borders Brewery.

Themes include: Building on Your Business Success; Resourcing Your Business; Successfully Marketing and Trading Online; Want to Become Your Own Boss; and Developing Your Business Internationally.

Other entrepreneurs taking part in the programme of events will be Gavin Oattes from Tree of Knowledge, David Taylor from Merlin Export and Raymond Kerr from Qube GB.

Borders Businesswomen’s Club will meet during the week and other sessions focusing on Google Analytics, social media strategies, exporting, accessing finance, renewable energy, debt recovery, recruitment and trading in the Gulf states are planned.

Jim Johnstone, principal officer for business at Scottish Borders Council, which runs the local Business Gateway service, said: “This is shaping up to be a cracking event and I am sure our top-class speaker line-up and informative seminar programme will give business owners a real boost.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local business owners to get together, share ideas and get some professional advice on how to grow their businesses.”

A full schedule is available at www.bgateway.com/scottishborders or by calling 01835 818315.