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Orkney Business Festival 2016

Orkney Business Festival 2016.

Lets's Talk Business - Wednesday 20 April

19:00. Introduction

By Hugh Lightbody, Business Gateway's chief officer for Scotland, hosted by Dave Gray, BBC Radio Orkney.

Hear about running a business from people who do:

  • Stephen Leckie, Crieff Hydro.
  • Neil Stevenson, Grooves.
  • Sheila Fleet, Sheila Fleet Jewellery.
  • Lewis Hill, Swannay Brewery.

An initial presentation by Stephen Leckie, our keynote speaker, will be followed by an interval where you can enjoy an Orkney finger buffet, and think about questions to pose during the subsequent Q and A session with the above business people.

Ready, Steady, Grow - Thursday 21 April

A day of events for existing businesses.

09:30. The World's Your Oyster

Hear from experts about internationalising your business.

10:30. Help - I Need Some Body

Find out what support is out there from the various bodies that can help you grow your business.

11:30. Break

Enjoy teas, coffees, cakes, while browsing our exhibition area and meeting key speakers from the day's events.

12:00. Be A Leader, Not A Boss

Critical things to consider when you are employing people.

13:00. Lunch (not provided)


Make the most of social media to grow your business.

15:00. Time Is Money, People

Manage Your time better and become more profitable.

16:00. What Are People Saying About Me?

Improve customer care skills across your business.

Speed Business - Friday 22 April

Short, sharp workshop session for pre-start and start-up businesses.

10:00. Just Do It

Gain more confidence and make that change to make the most of your business aspirations.

Show Me The Money

Getting the finance right, taking on debt.

Sell Me This Pen

Why should people buy from you? What value will your product offer, and to whom?

The Law

Keeping it legal.

Plan To Succeed

Goals, challenges, and change. Why planning is important when you set up and run your own business.

It's Not Complicated

Breaking down the barriers, and the reasons you think you can't do it - you can!

12:00. Lunch

Mingle with the people you've been listening to - explore your ideas further over a bite to eat.

Throughout the festival, industry experts and advisers will be available to speak to in a dedicated exhibition area.

Also Happening  (by invitation only)

Wednesday 20 April

Profiting From Creativity

For social enterprise, hosted by DTAS (Development Trusts Association Scotland), for groups running a community asset/hub or programming community arts events; exploring alternative sources of income generation and creative ways to involve the community.

Thursday 21 April

Community-Led Care

Networking lunch for social enterprise and community groups, hosted by HISEZ (Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone).

Asset Transfer And The Community Empowerment Act

DTAS session.

Lean Manufacturing

A practical workshop for manufacturers run by SMAS (Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service).


Now closed.

Business Idea Competition - Young Entrepreneurs - Big Ideas

You can never be too young to have a brilliant business idea! If you’re in primary school, we would love to hear if you have a great idea for a business in Orkney.

If you come up with an idea for a brand new business or a twist on an existing business idea, you could win a £50 Grooves voucher!

You can download a blank Business Plan from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page and then send it in with your brilliant ideas.