Help at hand for budding entrepreneurs in Moray Business Week

A MORAY COMMUNITY is highlighting the issues involved for anyone seeking to run a bed and breakfast business in the region.

Forres Area Community Trust is working with local organisations and businesses as part of their community development plan – and part of that initiative will focus on tourism.

The Trust has linked with the Falconer Museum, Moray Speyside Tourism, Canary Dwarf and local bed and breakfast operator Sarah Hope. The partnership is offering an afternoon of presentations, questions and answers on just what it means to run a B&B – as well as how to market such a business and what local support exists for those who do.

The event is part of Moray Business Week and includes presentations from accommodation providers, marketing and local tourism representatives.

Sandra MacIver, a member of the local tourism network, explained: “We hope that we will get lots of interest in this opportunity to come and find out more about running a bed and breakfast.

“It can be a great way of meeting interesting people and creating a business that supports our local community.”

The event will be on Thursday, November 5, 2015 between 2:30pm to 4:00pm at the Falconer Museum on Tolbooth Street in Forres.  Refreshments will be provided.

tsiMoray Event

Also part of Business Week on Thursday, tsiMoray’s chief officer Fabio Villani will introduce a win-win-win for you, your business and your community – developing your people, strengthening your organisation and making a difference in your community.

The opportunity to hear from a range of business people about their Corporate Social Responsibility programmes and the positive impact these activities have both externally on their communities and internally on their own organisations.

Offering their experience are Gerry O’Donnell, corporate affairs director from Edrington, and Lydia Fyall, senior fundraising executive from Aberlour who joins Alex Sutherland from Balfour Beatty who were recently involved in the opening of ‘The Shed’ Aberlour Youthpoint.

Mr Villani said: “Corporate Social Responsibility can range from donations and sponsorship for local good causes to mentoring social entrepreneurs and other practical support, including allowing staff time off to volunteer to help others. This event will explore what dynamic local charity tsiMORAY can do to help your business increase its contribution to the social fabric of your communities.”

A similar session will also run as a breakfast meeting on the 6 November but booking is essential for both events.