annual report, business support, small business

Business centre helps create over 470 jobs

THE centre helping small businesses across Falkirk district has notched up another successful year.

In its annual report, Falkirk Enterprise Action Trust (FEAT) says it helped 260 businesses to start-up during 2004/2005 – creating more than 470 new jobs.

Full details will be revealed at the organisation’s annual general meeting tomorrow (Friday, September 23).

Director Russell Parker said: “The past year has been one of the busiest and most successful in the history of FEAT. With our help, hundreds of new businesses have got off the ground, creating an employment boost for the area.

“In addition we have been able to make significant contributions to programmes like the BP Loan Fund, which provides much-needed funding to help people grow their businesses in Falkirk district.”

From its base in Grangemouth’s Newhouse Business Park, FEAT provides advice and training for anyone starting or growing a business, much of it free of charge under the national Business Gateway banner.

FEAT – a not-for-profit organisation – also runs a marketing club, provides IT and business training, and offers the hire of its training, meeting and conference facilities.

Mr Parker said of the firms started in the last financial year, nearly half
(117) were run by women. The organisation also helped 23 firms develop their businesses through the Business Gateway Focus on Growth programme.

“This business support programme is designed to help growing businesses achieve their potential through advice and support. Some start-up firms have gone through the programme to become substantial businesses, employing lots of local people – and making a significant contribution to the local economy.”

FEAT’s main funders are Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley and Falkirk Council.

Charlene O’Connor, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley,
said: “FEAT play a pivotal role in delivering the Business Gateway services in the Falkirk area and this year they have again surpassed expectations. Not only are the business start-up figures extremely encouraging but the level of assistance provided for existing companies in the area is central to the growth in the local economy.”

Councillor David Bryson, the convener of Falkirk Council’s Economic Development Committee, is one of FEAT’s Trustees. He said: “FEAT provides valuable services to the local business community. The quantity and quality of services is maintained year after year and I’m sure the Trust will enjoy even more success in the next 12 months.”

You can find out more about FEAT by logging onto the website at http://www.feat.org.uk or e-mail: info@feat.org.uk. Or you can call 01324 665500.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Russell Parker at
FEAT on 01324 665500

or

Adrian Mahoney at
The PR Store on 01506 823714
or 07967 150560
Email: adrian@theprstore.net

annual report, business support, Design, public sector, small business

Record ‘FEAT’ for Enterprise Trust

annualreportcover03THE centre helping small businesses across Falkirk district has notched up a record year.

In its annual report Falkirk Enterprise Action Trust says it helped more than 280 businesses to start-up during 2002/2003 – creating nearly 500 new jobs.

The figure – the highest in FEAT’s 20-year history – was revealed at the organisation’s annual general meeting on Friday.

Director Russell Parker said: “The latest figures are an increase on 2001/2002 when he helped nearly 270 firms to start-up, and the largest since we began operating. We’ve also helped substantial numbers of
existing businesses to develop and expand. More than 160 firms took part in our Focus on Growth programme, for example.

“It’s been a record year for us, and contrasts to many other areas in Scotland where fewer businesses got underway. I’m delighted at this success.”

From its base in Grangemouth’s Newhouse Business Park, FEAT provides advice and training for anyone starting or growing a business, much of it free of charge.

The organisation’s main funders are Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley and Falkirk Council.

FEAT delivers many of its services as part of the network of Business Gateway outlets across Scotland.
It also runs a marketing club; provides IT and business training; and offers the hire of its training, meeting and conference facilities.

You can find out more about FEAT by logging onto the website at http://www.feat.org.uk or e-mail: info@feat.org.uk. Or you can call 01324
665500.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

The PR Store produced the annual report for FEAT.

Download a low-resolution version of the annual report here (268k)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Russell Parker at
FEAT on 01324 665500

or

Adrian Mahoney at
The PR Store on 01506 823714
or 07967 150560

 

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Rise in members for Scottish PR group

THE boss of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR) in Scotland says the organisation is “healthy and vibrant”.

In an upbeat annual report, Jane Cumming – the outgoing chair of IPR Scotland – said she was “proud” of the Institute’s achievements north of the border during the past year.

She pointed to a 10 per cent increase in membership in Scotland over the past year and said it was “no mean feat”, given the recession. The IPR in Scotland now has just under 600 members.

“We have bucked the trend nationally and regionally by increasing membership dramatically at a time of recession,” said Jane. “We have worked hard to make the Institute relevant to more people.

“The IPR in Scotland is healthy and vibrant and I am sure it will continue to grow and develop in the coming years.”

She added: “We have held 16 events in the last fifteen months, including the Scottish PR Awards, run in conjunction with the Drum magazine. Many of these were specifically designed to appeal to different sectors such as the public sector, particularly health and local government, students and independent practitioners.”

She added: “An electronic members’ survey took place in Spring 2003 and has provided a wealth of material on a variety of issues which should help inform the work of the committee in future years.”

Ms Cumming was speaking ahead of the Institute’s Scottish AGM which will take place in Malmaison, Edinburgh, on September 11. Sunday Herald business editor Kenny Kemp will be the guest speaker.

The Institute of Public Relations has around 7000 members, involved in all aspects of the public relations industry. It is the largest professional body of its type in Europe, with rigorous qualifications for membership (based on educational qualifications and/or multi-disciplinary experience) ensuring that standards are high and maintained.

To find out more about the IPR in Scotland, or to sign up for free e-mail alerts, log onto:  http://www.ipr.org.uk/scotland

Please note that almost all IPR events and training workshops are open to non-members.
Issued by THEPRSTORE on behalf of the Institute of Public Relations in
Scotland.

For more information, please contact:

Jane Cumming, Chair, IPR Scotland,
T: 01463 783018
M: 07900 917142
E: jane@platformpr.co.uk

Adrian Mahoney, The PR Store
T: 07967 150560 E: Adrian@theprstore.net

annual report, business support, public sector, small business

Russell takes top job at FEAT

THE centre helping small businesses across Falkirk district has a new boss.

Russell Parker has taken over as the director of Falkirk Enterprise Action Trust (FEAT). He replaces Sandy Riddell, who retired in September.

Mr Parker (45) said he was “delighted” to take on the position. He was previously assistant director of the Enterprise Trust, which is based at Newhouse Business Park in Grangemouth.

“As a Small Business Gateway outlet, we provide advice and training for anyone starting or growing a business, much of it free,” he said. “I’m happy to say the number of new firms FEAT is helping is increasing each year – and I want that trend to continue.”

Mr Parker’s links with the Enterprise Trust go back to 1990, when he took up a post as marketing manager. An honours graduate in marketing and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, he left to become a partner in a creative consultancy a year later.

He returned to FEAT in 1995 as a business adviser, becoming business development manager in 1998 and assistant director in January 2001.

“My time here has been really varied and I’ve had the pleasure to help a wide range of people and businesses,” said Mr Parker.

“As well as Small Business Gateway services, FEAT runs a regular marketing club – helping local companies gain the exposure and sales leads they need. I’m also kept busy dealing with partners such as BP and the other Small Business Gateways in Stirling and Clackmananshire.

“Planning and running events such as our successful Start Your Own Business Show, E-Business Forums and Employment Law Seminars are also a time consuming and rewarding activities.

“We also provide room hire and training facilities for businesses and other local organisations.

“We provide such a wide variety of services here. Life at FEAT is never boring – and that’s why I’m so pleased to take on the director’s job.”

He added: “The staff at FEAT our Trustees – supported by, Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, Falkirk Council our sponsors and partners – are excellent. Our main aim now is to build on the results achieved so far and help even more people realise their dream to start and run a business.”

You can find out more about FEAT by logging onto the website at http://www.feat.org.uk or e-mailing: info@feat.org.uk. Or you can call 01324 665500. Training and support for new businesses is provided free of charge. Call for details.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

During the 2001/2002 year, 268 businesses started up with FEAT’s assistance, creating 519 jobs. The number of new businesses helped increased by 12 per cent and the numbers of new jobs created increased by 8 per cent.

Full details are available in the 2001/2002 annual report. Click here read the report online

For further information contact:

Russell Parker at
FEAT on 01324 665500

or

Adrian Mahoney at
The PR Store on 01506 823714
or 07967 150560