Other Events

Heathrow Business Summit

Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce and Scottish Chambers of Commerce Network invite you to the Heathrow Business Summit on the 18th of October, in partnership with Heathrow.

The Heathrow Business Summit held in Edinburgh this October offers the unique opportunity for Edinburgh and Scottish SMEs to make key connections and trade face to face with Heathrow’s supply chain and seek out growth opportunities locally, nationally and internationally.

The Heathrow Business Summit on 18 October will give local businesses the chance to have free 15 minute face-to-face drop in appointments with Heathrow’s supply chain in a one day event taking place at Royal College of Surgeons from 10am – 4pm which includes refreshments for all guests.

Heathrow suppliers who will be available for appointment include ARUP, Amalga, Balfour Beatty, Fujitsu, Morgan Sindall, ThyssenKrupp and Siemans.

• The Heathrow Business Summits each provide a great platform for SMEs to get a foot in the door and capitalise on the business opportunities available at Heathrow
• Promote your business to Heathrow's supply chain through face-to-face appointments on the day
• Meet and network with exhibitor partners including the Local Council and Chamber of Commerce
• All exhibitors actively support and guide businesses on how to connect and build trade relations into new supply chains at HeathrowTo register for your supplier appointments, please register via Eventbrite.  

You can also attend the Breakfast Opening from 8:30am, which will provide context for the summit held later in the day, in addition to providing networking opportunities.

Speakers at the Breakfast Opening include:

  •       Cllr Adam McVey, Leader of Edinburgh City Council
  •       Liz McAreavey, CEO, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
  •       Tim Allan, President, Scottish Chambers of Commerce
  •       Phil Wilbraham, Expansion Programme Director, Heathrow

Please register via Eventbrite or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DGCouncil Event: Supplier Development Introduction to Tendering - Dumfries

Event: Supplier Development Programme – Introduction to tendering
Date: Thursday 12 October 
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Location: Business Gateway, 11 Buccleuch Street, Dumfries, DG1 2AT

Introduction to Tendering takes you through the tender process from start to finish. From finding contracts, responding to opportunities, the selection stage, award criteria and debriefing, this comprehensive beginner-level course will tell you everything you need to start bidding for public contracts.

This event is FREE to attend but booking is essential. You can BOOK HERE!

DGCouncil Event: Supplier Development Programme – Introduction to working with the public sector

Event: Supplier Development Programme – Introduction to working with the public sector    Date: Wednesday 6 September 
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Location: Lowland Training Centre, 68 -74 George Street, Stranraer, DG9 7JS

This introductory module is recommended for anyone new to bidding. It provides a comprehensive overview of the public sector marketplace in Scotland and beyond and introduces the concept of tendering

These sessions are free of charge however; we would request that you book using the link HERE!


Healthy Working Lives Event

Emotional Resilience and Mental Toughness –

 Wednesday 14th September 9:30am till 1pm

Venue – The Usual Place, Academy Street, Dumfries, DG1 1BZ


This workshop, suitable for staff or managers, is designed to help those who are going through periods of change and/or experiencing increased pressure both on their work and on themselves, to identify how they could develop greater resilience and mental toughness skills.  This course is aimed at managers, staff and owners working in Small to Medium Enterprises of less than 250 staff and priority will be given to staff in these businesses and staff working in the Third Sector.

Mental Toughness Questionnaire (MTQ48)

Before attending the workshop participants will be asked to complete the online MTQ48 - a high quality psychometric measure used to assess Mental Toughness developed in collaboration with Professor Peter Clough of Manchester Metropolitan University and Dr Keith Earle, Senior Lecturer, at the University of Hull.  The MTQ48 assesses Mental Toughness through a unique 48 item psychometric measure using the four key components of Mental Toughness, known as the 4 C's:                        

The workshop will be interactive, practical and fun! We will discuss what Mental Toughness is (and isn’t), analyse the feedback from the questionnaire and identify ways participants could expand their emotional resilience and mental toughness skills to benefit both themselves and their organisation.

Some Benefits of Attending…..

ü    Develop   more effective responses to pressure/reduce stress levels

ü    Be   composed under pressure

ü    Reduce   conflict

ü    Have   more ‘bounce’ and ‘bounce back’ capacity

ü    Embrace   changes at work easier

ü    Develop   a positive ‘can do’ attitude

ü    Be   more productive and engaged at work

ü    Improve   team working

ü    Enhance   well-being

ü    Create   a plan for further work and action

 For more information or to book a place please contact-

Richard Smith Tel 01387 272719  or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Developing the Young Workforce for Employers

Times: 09.00 to 12.30

Venue: Laggan Outdoor, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, DG7 2ES.

Cost: Free

Is recruiting and retaining talented young people a challenge for your business?

This business breakfast offers excellent opportunities. Keynote speaker Mark Smith, Head of Early Careers Strategy at Standard Life, will provide an insight into the challenges and benefits of investing in young people.

Hear from local employers who have adapted their practice to help them recruit and retain young people.

Find out how learning organisations can work with you to develop and prepare young people for your business.

Get information on funding and incentives to support you in recruiting young people to grow your business.

For further information please contact Amanda Beattie, DYW team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. call 01387 245191.


Time: 10.00 to 14.00

Venue: Henry Duncan Building, Dumfries and Galloway College, Bankend Rd, Dumfries, DG1 4FD

Cost: FREE

Looking to develop and grow your creative business? There is a wealth of support available to help you realise your ambitions.

Why not come along to this event to network with and be inspired by the success stories of other creative businesses?

Learn about the support that is available to grow your business and further your creative practice.

You will have the opportunity to attend presentations exploring: the challenges and opportunities facing creative businesses today, support for innovation, and how to effectively market to your customers and audience.

There will be a range of advisers on hand for you to talk to regarding business issues, employment and training, intellectual property, innovation, advancing your creative development, and digital marketing.

There will also be lots of opportunities throughout the session to mingle and network with other creative businesses.

For a full programme please contact Lesley Rogers, Business Adviser Creative Industries on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning 07747040732.


Food and Drink Event 

Raising Finance for Food and Drink Growth

Time: 18.30 to 21.00

Venue: The Creative Whisky Co., New Cample Farm, Thornhill. DG3 5EY

Cost: FREE

Event focussing on the growth aspirations of food and drink businesses.

Having access to new capital can make a difference when it comes to business growth. This informative event will focus on identifying sources of finance, how to access this investment, and what the funders will expect from you.

We will have an insight into ‘Success through Investment’, as we hear from a business that has achieved growth after raising finance.

Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Finger Buffet will be served on arrival.



Time: 18.30 to 21.00

Venue: Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart, DG8 7BE

Cost: Free

Galloway Forest and Dark Sky Park offers the potential for the region to become recognised as a year-round 24/7 tourism destination. Being situated in the heart of the UNESCO designated Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, possibilities exist for businesses to welcome more and more visitors from far and wide who are seeking to gaze at the stars and enjoy the region's rich natural and cultural heritage.

There are opportunities to generate new business connected to astro-tourism and increase visitors during the winter months, potentially boosting occupancy rates. Join us at Kirroughtree Visitor Centre in the Dark Sky Park for a hints and tips session on using the stars for profit and if the stars come out partake in some star gazing.

For more information or to book a place please contact Marie McNulty,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere or phone 07467374963


A Conversation with Professor Lesley Sawers, Equality and Human Rights Commissioner for Scotland.

Time: Buffet Supper 18.00; Lecture 19.30

Venue: Easterbrook Hall, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA

Cost:Lecture only £5 per person; Lecture and Supper £17 per person:


The Crichton Foundation invites you to join us for the Crichton Conversations. The opening lecture of the 2017 – 2018 Conversation series takes place during Business Week and will be given by Professor Lesley Sawers, Equality and Human Rights Commissioner for Scotland.Lesley will focus on equality, diversity, and inclusion, in posing the question, is Scotland fairer? This very topical subject will be of great interest, particularly in terms of the specific issues facing many rural communities across Scotland.Lesley is Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University, executive chair of data consultancy firm GenAnalytics and former Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry. She was also the first female Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive in its 230-year history when appointed in 2004. Lesley has a proven record in equality related issues and last year carried out a UK Government-commissioned review on the role of women in the Scottish economy.

The review analysed and examined the scale and nature of "womenomics" in Scotland, gathering data and evidence on key aspects of women and their contribution to the Scottish economy.The Crichton Conversations attract high calibre speakers who are pre-eminent in their fields, and our audiences enjoy opportunities for discussion and questions on a range of topical subjects of relevance to today’s Scotland.


Please contact the Crichton Foundation to book by telephone: 01387 702047 or by email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Women into Business

5th October

17:30pm — 20:30pm

Threave Gardens, Castle Douglas

This is a must for all business minded women with two inspiring speakers and lots of networking.

Eribe’ Knitwear:Kitchen Table to Global market.( Rosemary Eribe’ )

From humble beginnings, ERIBÉ Knitwear has organically grown from a one-person operation in a living room to a dynamic team of 12 spread over two locations. .

ERIBÉ export to 16 countries, Rosemary advocates tailoring sales strategy to each market. She understands the importance of changing to adapt to the future and she travels the globe for new trends.

Women’s Enterprise Scotland:Be Inspired, Grow Your Business And Most Of All Believe You Can Do It.

Women’s Enterprise Scotland aims to create a commercial culture where women-led business ownership is not simply an aspiration, but becomes a truly attainable, attractive and achievable option for women everywhere. Women's Enterprise Scotland (WES), is a community interest Company leading their way for women led businesses. Learn the Top Tips for Social Media and building your own personal brand.

We will have plenty time for networking and the opportunity, should you wish to promote your own business in a mini pitch. Come along, be inspired and meet like-minded business women.



EVENT: Business Development Day in Partnership with Google Digital Garage Initiative

DATE: 4th October 2017 
Time: 13:00pm — 17:00pm


Dumfries and Galloway Council is very excited to be partnering up with The Digital Garage from Google - a digital skills training platform to assist you in growing your business, career and confidence, online. Furthermore, a Google digital expert is coming to teach you what is needed to gain a competitive advantage in the ever changing digital landscape, so come prepared to learn and ask questions, too.”Google will be delivering two sessions:

“Tell your story Online”

“Reach New Customers Online”

This is a Fantastic opportunity to hear from one of the world’s leading companies “Google”.

At the same time our main exhibition area will be housing a number of key businesses who can help address the typical issues which growing businesses face. You will also have the opportunity to speak with exhibiting support agencies who can demystify the economic development landscape and signpost you to the relevant source of support. These include Business Gateway, Dumfries & Galloway Council, Scottish Enterprise, Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses