Business Incubator and retail academy in Paisley, Scotland

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017

MONDAY (past)

13 November 2017

Creating Killer Graphics (GEW) (Business Gateway)

Join us for a fantastic practical beginner's workshop and learn how to design simple but beautiful graphics, using FREE online tools, such as Canva.

Create stunning images for presentations, your website/blog, email newsletters and any social media channels.

This workshop is not exclusively for online marketing, you will learn to create images for print as well - e.g. business cards, flyers, posters or invitations.

At the end of the session, you will be able to edit pictures, design cover photos, collages and create stellar images to market your business both offline and on.

Please note:  Participants must bring along a laptop.  This is a hands-on, practical course so some basic computer skills are essential.

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13 November 201709:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Recruiting Staff/ Recruitment Incentives (GEW) (Invest in Renfrewshire)

Join the Invest in Renfrewshire's Job Creation and Progression team to hear what support is available to businesses looking to recruit staff and learn how the bespoke service can help you to recruit staff in order to meet the needs of your business.  Information will be given on how the team screen and select candidates for you to consider and we will give you a clear understanding of the application requirements for recruitment incentives for eligible candidates. 


Venue: InCube Business Base, 27 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AF



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13 November 201710:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rural Entrepreneur (GEW)

Learn how the LEADER fund can support entrepreneurs in the following rural areas: Bishopton, Houston, Linwood, Bridge of Weir, Brookfield, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch.  This event is aimed at helping small businesses (including social enterprises and community groups) to grow and provides an overview of the funding available.

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13 November 201712:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Business Finance for Start Up and Growing Businesses (GEW) (Invest in Renfrewshire)

This is a practical session delivered by the teams from the Scottish Microfinance Fund, Business Loans Scotland and Renfrewshire Council’s Invest in Renfrewshire. Full of advice and tips this session is aimed at those seeking business funding to start or grow their business.


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13 November 201702:00 PM - 4:00 PM

TUESDAY (past)

14 November 2017

Innovation Workshop (Tourism) (GEW) (Scottish Enterprise)

This Scottish Enterprise event, led by Wee Big, is aimed at enterprising third sector organisations with potential to positively impact the Tourism Sector in Renfrewshire.
The workshop will raise awareness of the opportunities to grow the tourism offering in Renfrewshire and why this is needed, encourage networking between organisations and identify appropriate follow-on support.
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14 November 201709:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Women in Business (GEW) (RBS)


Calling all local Women in Business we would love for you to join us for coffee, cake and great company!

There will be the chance to do some Speed Networking, speak with like minded business women and hear from 2 successful women who will share their journey with us.

This will be a fun informal session so please come along and join in.


9.45                Arrive

10.00              Speed Networking

10.30 ‚Äď 11.30 ¬†Speakers

11.30              Networking & Close


Please note this event is on the 1st floor and only accessible by stairs.



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14 November 201710:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Benefits of Test Trading (GEW) (InCube Shop)

 In a multi channel retail environment, learn how the information gathered from test trading your products on the high street can influence your business across all platforms. Learn why the top 5 multi channel retailer ( Retail Week) still generate more than half of their sales from their physical store environment. This session will look at how a single customer interaction can lead to a lifetime of loyalty to your brand.



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14 November 201712:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Skills For Growth and the Apprenticeship Family (GEW) (SDS)

¬†As your business grows, it can be a challenge to find the time to prioritise.¬† Join the team from Skills Development Scotland and Renfrewshire Council‚Äôs ‚ÄúInvest in Renfrewshire‚ÄĚto learn how bringing young people into your business could help it grow.¬†


This workshop will introduce a Skills For Growth review that can help you plan for the future, from succession planning, to nurturing future talent. It will look at how to access financial support for Graduate Interns and Modern Apprenticeships ‚Äďnot just about traditional trade apprenticeships, over 80 skills areas are covered, from Accountancy and Digital Media, through to Youth Work.¬†


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14 November 201702:00 PM - 4:00 PM


15 November 2017

Start Up Marketing (GEW) (Business Gateway)

Identify and predict your customers' needs, select target markets as well as develop a strategy and differential advantage for the introduction of a new product or service.

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15 November 201709:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Key Considerations and Benefits of Visual Merchandising (GEW) (InCube Shop)

If your shop front or visual display is your 24 hour sales person, how well do they represent your brand? This session will challenge you think about how well your customer can interact with your products, how to plan ahead for key seasons and how to generate sales and up sell from a good product display. The session will also look at ways you can use visual merchandising effectively across multi channel platforms.

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15 November 201712:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Using Video to Boost Your Business (GEW) (InCube)

  • Studies¬†show¬†that 74% of users who watched an explainer-video about a product subsequently bought it.
  • ¬†76% of businesses¬†say that video provides good return on investment
  • You‚Äôre 53 times more likely show up first on Google if you have a video embedded on your website
  • video increases click-through rates by 65%


Want to use video to boost your business ? Come along to our fun interactive workshop and learn how to create and edit simple videos using your mobile phone to help promote your brand,  increase engagement and boost sales.

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15 November 201702:00 PM - 4:00 PM


16 November 2017

E-Business and Website Development Surgery (GEW) (Business Gateway)

This surgery aims to provide you with information and one-to-one help with anything connected to a website including setting up a website, SEO, SEM, web design, ease of use, disability compliance, advice on the legal must haves of a website and much more.


16 November 201709:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Business Start Up: Awareness Seminar (GEW) (Business Gateway)

Learn the essentials about getting a new business off the ground. Come along to our seminar to ensure you get the basics right and that you make the correct decision. The session covers many useful sources of advice and guidance including assessing the viability of your idea with business planning, understanding market research, how to choose your legal structure, insurances, plus tax & VAT.

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16 November 201710:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Business Gateway - Supporting Entrepreneurs (GEW) (Business Gateway)

What does an Entrepreneur look like?  What characteristics do they have and what makes them successful?
Do we all have the same DNA or are Entrepreneurs born not made?
Find out how Business Gateway can channel your inner ambition, and the skills you already have, to help you build a successful entrepreneurial future from your business idea. 


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16 November 201712:30 PM - 1:30 PM

InCube Open Day (GEW) (InCube)

  • ¬†Got an idea and want to start or grow a business in Renfrewshire?

  • Need to develop your digital or business skills?

  • Looking for specialist support with marketing, social media, financial planning or strategy development?

  • A designer / maker who has a¬† retail product to take to market?


InCube is Invest in Renfrewshire’s one stop shop for starting and growing your business.  With workshops and one-to-one support from Business Gateway, Digital Boost & Prince's Trust Scotland we offer a full range of services to support pre-start, early stage and early start growth businesses across a wide range of sectors. For designers and makers our Creative Retail programme helps to launch and grow product based businesses with a broad mix of support, training and advice from industry experts. The incubator gives young businesses a worry-free environment in which they can concentrate on developing their products, services and markets.


As part of Global Entrepreneurship week, InCube are hosting an Open Day. Come along, meet the team and find out how we can help you with your business needs - we look forward to seeing you there.

Venue: InCube Business Base, 27 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AF



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16 November 201703:00 PM - 6:00 PM


17 November 2017

International Trade Options - Santander Masterclass (GEW) (Santander)


International Trade Options - Santander Masterclass


We’re passionate about helping ambitious businesses to succeed. Building long-lasting relationships with SMEs runs deep in our heritage.

We’ve come to know and understand the needs of our customers, which has helped us to appreciate the challenges they face and the support they need to overcome them. Let us help your business break through.

Whether you’re taking your first steps towards international growth or looking to expand internationally, we’re here to help.


Venue: InCube Business Base, 27 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AF

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17 November 201709:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Prince's Trust's Drop In (GEW) (Prince's Trust)

 Explore Enterprise Info Session.

Our programme kicks off with a free information session in InCube, and we'll tell you how we can support you and, if you're still keen, we'll also invite you onto our four-day interactive workshop. 

You'll get to meet other like-minded people and have the chance to tap into a business expert, covering everything from business planning and marketing to sales, budgeting and tax. 

After this, it's time to start building your business. We'll support you to plan and test your ideas and give you the opportunity to apply for funding. That way, you'll be ready to meet our Business Launch Group at the end of the process. 

Once you've launched your business, we'll provide you with an experienced business mentor who will be on hand to share advice every step of the way - for up to two years. For more information on our face to face programme, check out our 'What's involved in Enterprise?' detail page. 


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17 November 201711:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Starting a Social Enterprise (GEW) (Invest in Renfrewshire)

 Starting a Social Enterprise - With presentations from Engage Renfrewshire and Firstport, this workshop will provide a beginner's guide to the range of information, advice and support available to those interested in starting a social enterprise in Renfrewshire.  The workshop will conclude with an opportunity to take part in surgery-style one to ones to help you plan your next steps.


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17 November 201701:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCOs (GEW)


The ROCCOs are the annual business awards of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce. Held annually in November every year for more than a decade. The ROCCOs allow local businesses and organisations of all sizes and sectors to enter a wide range of award categories with the winners being announced on stage at our awards ceremony.

The ROCCOs are the largest business event in Renfrewshire and genuinely perceived as one of the top corporate events in Scotland, professionally managed & executed on the night with 1st class AV and production.

The ROCCOs are an excellent way to get recognised for your business success and a great way to reward staff, clients, suppliers & customers.

The ROCCOs¬†are different from your many other awards dinners ‚Äď it¬†is fast paced, energetic and fun. On the night we raise thousands for local charities and good causes with over ¬£70,000 being raised to date.


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17 November 201707:00 PM - 12:00 AM



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