Learning Lunch

Women’s Enterprise Scotland CEO to speak at St Andrews Business Club AGM evening

Carolyn Currie​, Chief Executive of Women’s Enterprise Scotland

Women’s Enterprise Scotland Chief Executive Carolyn Currie is the speaker at St Andrews Business Club’s AGM Evening on Wednesday May 15, to which non-members are invited after the AGM formalities.

 

To be held at the Old Course Hotel from 6.15pm, Carolyn Currie will tell attendees about her extensive career at a senior level in financial services and her current work with Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

Achievements

 

Ms Currie has guided the development of global-leading standards for gender equality in business advisor training and digital platform content. She has given evidence to Parliamentary Committees on economic matters, is a founding member of the UK Women’s Enterprise Policy Group, has contributed policy papers to the World Economic Forum in Davos and is a member of the T20, the think tank of the G20.

Anyone wanting to attend is asked to book via Eventbrite.

A full list of this season’s events can be found at http://bit.ly/StABCEvents.

 

Problem-solving networking Lunch

Committee member Douglas Glen, of Freshfrontiers Consulting talks attendees through the event’s ‘World Cafe’ networking format. Pic: ASM Media & PR.

In our final learning lunch of the season, Members enjoyed a problem-solving networking lunch.

 

Thanks to the Members who attended and Committee Member Douglas Glen of Freshfrontiers Consulting for co-ordinating the event.

For more photos, go to the Album on our Facebook page.

NEXT EVENT: The Club’s next event is April 18: AGM Evening, when Paul Miller, Founder & Owner of Eden Mill, will be the Guest Speaker.

Find out how a Modern Apprentice can help your business

People doing business in North-East Fife can learn how Modern Apprentices can help their business, and Scotland, at St Andrews Business Club’s next business learning event on February 28.

 

In the learning lunch, to be held at The Old Course Hotel from 12.30pm, John McFarlane, Employer Engagement Co-ordinator responsible for the Modern Apprenticeship programme at Fife Council, and Heather Brown, Co-ordinator for Foundation Apprenticeship at Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Fife, will teach attendees about the features, benefits and costs of Modern Apprenticeships.

Anyone wanting to learn about this important business topic for business, as well as network, is asked to book via Eventbrite.

New business learning events at St Andrews Business Club

By Alistair Morris, President

Since the start of the Club’s 2017-18 Season last September, we’ve been delighted with the feedback we’ve received on our events programme from the growing number of business people attending them.

 

So far at least 80% of attendees taking our post-event survey have typically rated their event Excellent or Very Good overall. And many have gone on to join the Club as a result.

Today we’re announcing the details of our business learning events for the rest of the season.

Business learning

The event topics, some of which were suggested by members, have been chosen to provide you with essential information on today’s key business issues you can use straight away. They will be:

VIP tour

As a result of the positive feedback we’ve had about the Members & Guests-only Business Visits held so far, we’ve taken the opportunity to arrange an extra business visit to a site which will play some role in the business lives of many of us in the next few years – the University of St Andrews’ Eden Campus at Guardbridge. Members and their Guests will enjoy a VIP guided tour on June 27.

Networking

Opening most of our events to non-members – so they can get a taste of the business learning and networking we offer – has proven to be popular too. And the minimum 45 minutes networking time built in to our events is being well used!

We’re expecting plenty of that at our St Andrews 10 x 30 event on May 9, where Members will be drawn at random to present 10 slides for a maximum of 30 seconds each on a topic of interest to all. It promises to be a fun night!

Whether you’re already a member, a past one or someone new to the Club, we’d be delighted to see you at our events this year. And hear what you think of them – so we can keep making the Club better.

Details of the full season’s topics, dates, speakers are here

Details of membership benefits and how to join the Club are here

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Learning Lunch – Preparing for Making Tax Digital

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a key part of the UK Government’s plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right and keep on top of their affairs. But the timetable for which businesses will be affected, and when, are different.

 

Although the implementation deadline has been pushed back as a result of the 2017 Finance Bill, no business should leave preparing for it till the last minute.

One of the recommended changes is moving to online accounting software, for which there are other compelling commercial benefits, including significant cost savings, increased efficiency, improved management information and 24/7 mobile access to your data.

In our first Learning Lunch of 2018, Mark Gibson and Elaine Cromwell, Partners at Thomson Cooper Accountants, explained how online accounting delivers streamlined processes, resulting in improved business performance.

The presentations began with Mark talking about personal tax accounts and MTD.

Mark talked about personal tax accounts and MTD.

The presentations ended with Elaine taking attendees through moving to online accounting and the benefits of doing so, aside from preparing for MTD.

Elaine took attendees through moving to online accounting and the benefits of doing so, aside from preparing for MTD.

For more information about this subject, you can visit Thomson Cooper Accountants website at http://www.thomsoncooper.com/

For more photos, go to the Album on our Facebook page.

NEXT EVENT: The Club’s next event is January 24: North East Fife 2018 – what businesses should expect

Keith Winter, Executive Director of Enterprise & Environment at Fife Council and Professor Brad MacKay, Vice-Principal, International Strategy and External Relations at University of St Andrews, will talk about what they believe 2018 will and may hold for St Andrews and North-East Fife which will affect businesses and for which they need to have a plan.

Prepare your business for Making Tax Digital at The Old Course Hotel

Mark Gibson and Elaine Cromwell, Partners at Thomson Cooper Accountants, will talk about how businesses should start preparing for HMRC’s Making Tax Digital programme, as well as the why and how to choose of online accounting packages, at the next St Andrews Business Club Learning Lunch.

People doing business in North-East Fife are being invited to join members and guests of St Andrews Business Club on January 10 to hear how they should start preparing their business for HMRC’s Making Tax Digital programme.

 

In the second Learning Lunch of the club’s new season, to be held at The Old Course Hotel from 12.30pm, Thomson Cooper Accountants Partners Mark Gibson and Elaine Cromwell will talk about how businesses should start preparing for this mandatory change to filing tax information online.

They’ll also outline the other benefits of switching to Web-based accounting and how to choose the package best suited to you.

Anyone wishing to learn about this important business topic, as well as network, is asked to book via Eventbrite.

A full list of this season’s events can be found at http://bit.ly/StABCEvents.

GDPR

Loretta Maxfield of Thorntons Law LLP explained how company owners and managers can avoid getting into problems with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on May 25 2018. Pic: ASM Media & PR

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25 2018 and will be enforceable on many UK businesses.

 

Loretta Maxfield of Thorntons Law LLP has more than 10 years’ experience in advising a range of public bodies, research/education institutions and private businesses (up to £300m+ turnover) on data protection, privacy and other regulatory matters.

In the Club’s first Learning Lunch, which was a joint-event with Fife Women In Business, Loretta explained to attendees:

The event was very much enjoyed by all who attended, who said they found it very useful.

For information about this subject, you can visit Thorntons’ GDPR Legal Advice Hub at www.thorntons-law.co.uk/gdprlegaladvice

For more photos, go to the Album on our Facebook page.

NEXT EVENT: The Club’s next event is December 6: Members & Guests-only Business Visit + Festive Social – The Old Course Hotel.

Join us for an exclusive insight into the upgraded facilities at St Andrews’ top hotel as well as an opportunity to network with Club members in a relaxed atmosphere.

If you’re not a Club member but would like to attend this event, you’ll need to join the Club before booking.

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