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North Lanarkshire’s Working (NLW), is hosting a special business breakfast as part of a week-long schedule of events to promote Scottish Apprenticeship Week. 

The event will take place on Wednesday 20th May 2015 from 8am to 10am at Maxim 3, marketing suite, Eurocentral.

Businesses will have the opportunity to learn more about “Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce” agenda.

Some of the aims are to :

  • Bring active industry participation to leadership of the development of young workforce
  • Simplify employer engagement with education
  • Ensure growth companies are focused on the recruitment and training of young people in development of their workforce
  • prioritise financial support to smaller businesses recruiting young people, particularly modern apprentices from underrepresented groups

There will also be an opportunity to network with other businesses and hear about the key benefits of apprenticeships, the support available to them in helping young people into work and continuing assistance available, through the Council’s Youth Investment Programme.

To book your place, please  contact Lynn Gow, North Lanarkshire Council


Tel: 01236 638954

When: Thursday 30th April, 10.30-2pm

Where: AlonA Hotel, Strathclyde Country Park, Hamilton Road, Motherwell, ML1 3RT

An opportunity for Lanarkshire food & drink businesses and hospitality providers to celebrate the launch of the Year of Food & Drink and network with local suppliers, customers and industry partners.

The event will focus on the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 and the opportunities food tourism presents to businesses. The event will also highlight the benefits of the Taste our Best quality assurance scheme, which champions the use of quality local produce.

If you are interested in promoting your business there is also an opportunity for you to take part in the “Supplier Showcase” to highlight your produce to a tourism and food & drink industry audience, or perhaps you may wish to give a talk about your business to your peers and potential customers alike. If you would like to find out more about how your business can exhibit at the event or get involved as a speaker please contact Deborah Smith, VisitScotland on 0131 472 2110 or 07785 590123 or 

With sampling traditional dishes and local produce listed as one of the top activities undertaken by visitors to Scotland, promoting food and drink has the potential to provide significant growth for tourism. Visitors are prepared to pay 15% more for food with Scottish or regional origin, highlighting the business advantages of embracing a local approach to sourcing. Attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about Taste Our Best and how your business can benefit from getting involved. You will also hear from tourism business in Lanarkshire who are already using Scottish produce as well as from producers who supply them. Recent figures revealed that Scotland’s food and drink tourism industry is worth an estimated £2.5 million per day to the economy so these events are beneficial for anyone looking to capitalise on this market. This event is a ‘must’ for any Lanarkshire business with a food offering.

Come along and find out why Scottish food and drink is so important to the tourism industry and sample produce from local suppliers. The workshop will highlight the benefits of giving visitors a quality food and drink experience during 2015 and beyond.

This FREE event is open to all tourism, events and food and drink businesses in Lanarkshire. Sign up online here.

For a location map and directions to the venue click here.


BioCity Scotland, which houses and supports growing life sciences organisations, is set to announce the launch of a new Innovation Hub at a major conference later this month.

The first of its kind in Scotland, the Innovation Hub will form a unique partnership between BioCity Scotland, Scottish universities, NHS Scotland, innovation centres, bio-pharmaceutical and big data companies. This collaborative approach will help to foster the success of more start-up and spin out companies by giving them exceptional opportunities to learn from and work together with major healthcare practitioners, entrepreneurs and scientists.

Confirmed partner companies for the hub include Johnson & Johnson Innovation, venture capitalists Epidarex Capital and technology giant Toshiba.

Dr Diane Harbison, Managing Director at BioCity Scotland said: “We’re very excited about the launch of our Innovation Hub. BioCity is perfectly positioned right in the centre of Scotland and our neutrality has allowed us to attract the cream of talent from all over the country to this Innovation Hub.

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“Life sciences is a key growth sector of the Scottish economy and is set to double in size in the next five years.  Offering support to Scottish universities and industries by partnering with these major healthcare practitioners, entrepreneurs and scientists through the Innovation Hub will provide a tremendous boost to the life sciences sector in Scotland.”

Ken Sutherland, President of Toshiba Medical Visualisation Systems said: “Toshiba actively engages with clinicians to help guide developments of our wide range of healthcare solutions, but partnership in the Innovation Hub adds a new dimension – allowing us an opportunity to have first sight of developing technologies which we can help commercialise, and the chance to meet and engage with new talent and ideas which could support Toshiba’s expanding global healthcare business.”

Professor Verity J Brown, Vice-Principal (Enterprise and Engagement) at University of St Andrews said: “For all universities, working with industry is essential in delivering the impact agenda. Partnership in the Innovation Hub allows us to access industry collaborators, with an ability to meet in a central location. In addition, the ‘Innovation Engine’ programme, developed by BioCity will assist St Andrews in ‘spinning out’ companies and aid the process of commercialising research.”

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Since its launch in 2012, BioCity Scotland has quickly become the focal point for Scotland’s life science industry. BioCity provides high spec laboratories and office space, as well as access to expertise, finance and a community of like-minded people, making it a hothouse for biotech, pharmaceutical and healthcare businesses to start up and thrive.

The Innovation Hub will be officially launched at BioCity’s ‘Supercharging the Innovation Engine’ conference on 28th and 29th April, which will bring together life sciences professionals across Scotland to discuss innovative methods of working, challenge traditional thinking and allow entrepreneurship to flourish.

The conference will feature a wide range of speakers from academia, industry, pharma and corporate partners.  Headline speakers include:

  • Iain Uings, Director of Discovery Partnerships at GlaxoSmithKline;
  • Dr Kurt Hertogs, Head of Platform Innovation & Incubator Strategy, Johnson & Johnson Innovation
  • Dr Rob Pinnock: Director of Scientific Liaison for the UK, Ireland, Portugal & Spain, Merck
  • Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor of University of Strathclyde
  • Dr Max Mizra, Pfizer

Find out more about the Supercharging the Innovation Engine conference, or register to attend, here

Business networking group “Coffee-n-Commerce” are hosting a special business networking event in Coatbridge at The Boundary Shopping Village on Thursday 30th April from 8.30am- 10.30am.

The event is free to attend with ample free parking, you can drop in and leave anytime. For a location map click here.

The format of the day will be an open forum where people can turn up, grab a coffee, move around the venue at their own pace and network with other businesses.

In addition to local businesses, the organisers are looking to have representatives from local business support agencies in attendance too. It’s therefore a good opportunity to get information, make new contacts to grow your business and to see what The Boundary has to offer.

If you are interested in attending, please register here.

For more information on the event. please contact Colin McKeand, Coffee-n-Commerce on 07767844942, email



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