Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce e-Bulletin
Dates for your diary

Event: Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting
Date: Thursday 6th of June 2019.
Venue: Kelso Racecourse

Official notification of our AGM will be issued next week.
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Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards 2019 Sponsor
We would like to welcome Ednam House Hotel as a sponsor of this year's Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards.
Ednam House Hotel

Ednam House Hotel join our other event sponsors including main event sponsor Royal Bank of Scotland, and category sponsors, Scottish Borders Council, Business Gateway, DYW Borders, Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber, Bruce Stevenson Insurance Broker, Live Borders, Douglas Home & CoNFU Mutual BordersReiver Recruitment and NS24.

General news articles

NFU Mutual Agencies Complete Borders Merger

The award-winning UK rural insurer has officially merged its Newtown St Boswells and Duns offices, creating a new cohesive 'Borders Agency' that will serve the Scottish Borders and beyond.

Managed by Agents Richard Forsyth, Vicky Carmichael, Rory Murray and Laura Bell, the new partnership presents the business with an exciting opportunity to build upon the longstanding knowledge and expertise of the entire Borders team and to become more streamlined in its day-to-day operations.

It continues to operate from its existing offices in Newtown St Boswells and Duns, providing customers with the first class service and local presence they have come to know and appreciate from NFU Mutual.

The appointment of four new employees, including three Sales Executives and a dedicated Financial Advisor further strengthens the Agency’s insurance and financial services expertise and ability to meet growing customer demand. 

NFU Mutual
Photo left to right: Rory Murray, Vicky Carmichael, Richard Forsyth & Laura Bell.

Richard Forsyth, Senior Agent commented: "Bringing our two successful offices in Newtown St Boswells and Duns together has allowed us to further enhance the levels of service we are able to offer our existing customer base, whilst creating new opportunities through our dedicated new business team. I’m really enjoying working with the teams in both offices in what are very exciting times for our new Borders Agency."

Vicky Carmichael, Agent added: "I am delighted about the merger of the Duns and Newtown St Boswells offices to form the Borders Agency. It will give us increased resources to help expand our business and presence within the Borders while continuing to provide a local service to both current and future customers."

Since the merger commenced the Newtown St Boswells office has gone through an extensive period of refurbishment. With the works now complete the Agency is preparing to welcome a host of customers, suppliers and guests to its first official Open Day on the 23rd of May. The event which kicks off at 12.30pm will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet the team as it celebrates the successful merging of the two agencies.

If you are interested in attending the Open Day or would like information on NFU Mutual's range of general insurance products, financial services or risk management services, please contact the Borders Office on 01835 818199 or 01361 808286.

£10 million fund is launched for Staff Development

Skills Development Scotland

Employers looking to improve the skills of their staff have a new opportunity to access training in partnership with colleges thanks to the launch of a £10million fund.

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund will be available to organisations across the private, public and third sectors who are subject to the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy.

Eligible employers can access the fund, which is administered by the Scottish Funding Council on behalf of the Scottish Government, by getting in touch with their local college.

If you would like to find out more, contact Borders College or click here.

TLT and RBS event

Borders Update for Leisure Businesses

Sign up for a morning of topical discussions and insightful presentations on current issues affecting those working in distilling, brewing, hospitality, leisure and related businesses in the Borders.

The event is jointly hosted by TLT LLP and The Royal Bank of Scotland, with guest speakers from Born in the Borders, Douglas Home & Co, and Scotland Food & Drink.

Date: 4th June 2019
Time: 9am until 2pm
Venue: The Kingsknowes Hotel, Selkirk Road, Galashiels TD1 3HY

Find out more and register.

Business Gateway Borders

Business Gateway logo

Business Gateway runs free workshops and events across the Borders that tackle topics from bookkeeping and social media strategy to e-commerce and exporting. Click here to find out more and to book your free place.

Creative Arts Business Network
The latest edition of the Creative Arts Business Network e-bulletin is available here.
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