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AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting

Founded in 1980 AAT are the UK's leading professional accountancy body offering skills-based qualifications in accounting and finance.


The Foundation Certificate in Accounting teaches learners a range of basic accounting principles and techniques, from costing and double-entry bookkeeping to using accounting software.


AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is suited for:
- People who are new to accounting and finance
- Unqualified accounting staff who want to enhance their foundation knowledge and skills - Employers looking to up skill their staff - People looking to change their careers.


The purpose of the qualification is to ensure students are well prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education

Course Content
The AAT Foundation Certificate in Finance includes the following units:
• Bookkeeping Transactions
• Bookkeeping Controls
• Elements of Costings
• Using Accounting Software
• Work Effectively in Finance

Delivery
Tuesday evenings between 6pm – 9pm for 1 year, starting on the 4th September.

Entry Criteria
AAT does not set any entry criteria for the study of the AAT Foundation certificate but it recommends that potential students begin their study with a good standard of English and maths.
AAT recommends that students use AAT Skillcheck via aatskillcheck.org to ensure that they are ready to start on this course. Progression
Higher level AAT qualifications, employment, promotion or full time further or higher education.

Fees
The fee for this course is £200 per person.
The Fee includes AAT student membership and all registration and assessment fees.
You may be eligible for ITA funding for this course.

For information and to book the course, please contact CTS on 01387 734199 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

20th National Economic Forum - Driving forward the Rural Economy

20th National Economic Forum - Driving forward the Rural Economy will be held in Dumfries, it is your chance to have a say in the development of the region.

 

The 20th National Economic Forum, which will look at some ways to build resilience, increase capacity, ensure sustainability and maximise opportunities for growth in the rural economy, will be held on Wednesday 16th May 2018 at Easterbrook Hall, Crichton Campus, Dumfries.

As part of this event, the First Minister will deliver a keynote speech alongside addresses from Lindsay McQuade, the recently appointed CEO of Scottish Power Renewables, and Steve Dunlop, currently Chief Executive of Scottish Canals. Additionally, Alain Dupeyras, Head of Tourism in OECD will present on innovation in rural areas. There will also be an opportunity to engage with both the First Minister and other Ministers in Q&A sessions and group discussion sessions. Those smaller group discussions, facilitated by Ministers and business leaders will provide an opportunity to explore the following issues in more depth:

  • Creating a new      Enterprise Agency for the South of Scotland
  • National Council of      Rural Advisers: ‘Changing the Rules of the Game’
  • Developing the Young      Workforce – Building a bridge between Education and Employers
  • Energy supply chains
  • Digital opportunities      in rural economies
  • Natural Capital

How to REGISTER

You can register via the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-20th-national-economic-forum-tickets-45428471782

Preparing to Export Introductory workshop DAY 2: DUMFRIES

15th May 9:30am — 16:30pm

Business Gateway Dumfries
11 Buccleuch Street
Dumfries
DG1 2AT
Dumfries & Galloway

 

Are you a Dumfries business who would like to start exporting?  Get ready to grow your business abroad with our help. 

Learn how to reach international markets with confidence and get practical know-how on international, routes to market and international finance, contracts and logistics.

It’s the perfect primer for a company new to exporting thinking about international growth.

What are the benefits?

  • How to effectively research and exploit international opportunities
  • What market entry options are right for your business
  • How to effectively navigate export documentation, from developing your international pricing strategy to what currency to be paid in
  • How to develop your value proposition for your international customer
  • Next steps for your business

You will also benefit from having the resources to develop your own online international action plan to implement into your businessand have the opportunity to network with other like-minded businesses.

Create your export plan

We’ll help you create an export plan – an online working document that will be secure and confidential for you and your business. You’ll be able to edit your plan at any time and download it as a PDF or Word document. Once complete, you can send your plan to your designated adviser for feedback and comment.

Good news is you can you start using the tool right away.Register before joining the workshop.

Preparing to Export Introductory workshop : DUMFRIES

8th May 2018
9:30am — 16:30pm

Business Gateway Dumfries
11 Buccleuch Street
Dumfries
DG1 2AT
Dumfries & Galloway

 

Are you a Dumfries business who would like to start exporting?  Get ready to grow your business abroad with our help. 

Learn how to reach international markets with confidence and get practical know-how on international, routes to market and international finance, contracts and logistics.

It’s the perfect primer for a company new to exporting thinking about international growth.

What are the benefits?

  • How to effectively research and exploit international opportunities
  • What market entry options are right for your business
  • How to effectively navigate export documentation, from developing your international pricing strategy to what currency to be paid in
  • How to develop your value proposition for your international customer
  • Next steps for your business

You will also benefit from having the resources to develop your own online international action plan to implement into your businessand have the opportunity to network with other like-minded businesses.

Create your export plan

We’ll help you create an export plan – an online working document that will be secure and confidential for you and your business. You’ll be able to edit your plan at any time and download it as a PDF or Word document. Once complete, you can send your plan to your designated adviser for feedback and comment.

Good news is you can you start using the tool right away.Register before joining the workshop using the link below:

https://www.bgateway.com/events/9401/preparing-to-export-introductory-workshop-dumfries

 

Supplier Development Programme – Meet the Buyer 2018

The Public Sector in Scotland spends £11bn a year, presenting a huge opportunity for your business to win work. This event is your opportunity to speak directly to purchasers and decision-makers from over 40 public sector organisations as well as making key contacts with a number of tier 1 contractors who have supply chain opportunities. In total, over 60 buying organisations will be exhibiting on the day.

Workshops running alongside the exhibition will give you an opportunity to find out more about the public sector tendering process and will provide key tips on how to improve your businesses chance of success.

Various Business support agencies will also be present who can provide you with advice and support on how to develop all aspects of your business.

Meet the Buyer 2018 will be held at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh on the 6th June.

The event is free to attend; you can register now on the event webpage http://bit.ly/sdpmtb18

Author launches online crime fiction course

Crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean, who is based in Dumfries and Galloway, has launched an online Crime Fiction Course.

Chamber member John, author of 16 novels and currently published by London-based The Book Folks, and the creator of DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris, also runs Inscribe Media Ltd, which is based near Castle Douglas.

The online course, which runs in eight parts and can begin at a time and date to suit the student, will help writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of being successful, either in competitions or admissions to publishers.

When they enrol, students will be offered ongoing one-to-one feedback on their work, be it short stories or novels.

John, who is a member of the UK-based Crime Writers’ Association, said: “Writing can be a lonely pastime and my aim is to help aspiring writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of being successful in a very competitive market.

“Crime fiction remains hugely popular and, hopefully, I can help aspiring writers to develop their ideas, and because it is online it does not matter where they live. In recent years, I have worked with writers from everywhere from Croatia to Australia and New Zealand.”

There is no official certificate of qualification at the end of the course, which will be led by John.

The course costs £75. For further details you can contact John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Barista Training from the World Barista Champion!

Artisan coffee is a big thing at the moment - even the national coffee chains are focussing on coffee connoisseurs these days. Local Dumfries town centre coffee shop, Kings Coffee and Books, are using the skills learned from their barista trainer, Dale Harris, to offer coffee barista training courses in the new year. Dale recently became the 2017 World Barista Champion, by winning not only the UK championship, but also the global one held in Seoul, South Korea, last month.

Husband and wife team Mark and Helen Smith, who run Kings for the River of Life Church say, "We've been 'coffee geeks' from the beginning and we're proud of it! Dale has been regularly training our staff for the last six years and we owe a lot to him. Releasing our baristas to share those skills with ordinary people in our community will help more people enjoy the creative side of coffee - imagine being able to impress your friends by demonstrating your new skills by crafting the perfect cup of coffee!"

Would-be baristas can sign up for the Coffee Barista Taster Courses in Kings, 12 Queensberry Street, online at kingsonline.co.uk, or why not buy a voucher to pop in your favourite coffee geek's Christmas stocking, for a quirky gift, they wouldn't expect!

Attend the Visit South West Scotland AGM

Visit South West Scotland

Members for the AGM 10:30 for 11:00-  3:00 (inc lunch) 

Non-Members 12:30 – 3:00 (inc lunch)

Chairman Ian McAndrew and the rest of the VisitSouthWestScotland (VSWS) committee would like to invite you to now register for the Annual General Meeting & Networking event on Wednesday 15 November at Arden House Hotel, Kirkcudbright.

 
The day will include:

  • An insight into the progress of VisitSouthWestScotland.
  • A presentation from winners of the 2012 and 2014 Dumfries & Galloway Life Tourism Champion Awards, Mostly Ghostly.
  • An update from VisitScotland's Sheena Smith, Senior Regional Planning Manager, Content Marketing.
  • Lunch and networking

The event provides the perfect opportunity to network with fellow tourism businesses and to keep up to date with product development in Dumfries & Galloway tourism sector.

REGISTER TO ATTEND HERE

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!