DigitalScotland: Tayside Conference

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This high-profile industry event, supported by The Times Scotland will bring together policy makers, business leaders, educators, and community stakeholders to explore the opportunities and challenges of economic growth and digital transformation in Tayside.
As more responsibility and expectations are being placed on Local and Central Government to drive the commercialisation of research and innovation across Tayside, it is important that you join to ensure your voice is heard. The full day Conference will provide:
•    An update on the progress of the Tay Cities Region Deal
•    A focus on key sectors, skills and infrastructure investment to stimulate the region’s digital economy
•    An insight into locally funded programmes that are helping to boost jobs, productivity and innovation
•    An insight into the local tech ecosystem, start-ups and funding opportunities for growth
•    Understanding how regions can learn from one another, work together and partner with local and national agencies
•    Networking opportunities and sharing best practice
The morning keynote is the Estonian Ambassador H.E Viljar Lubi who will highlight the policy and Government levers that have inspired and led enormous growth in the Estonian Life Sciences, Gaming and Cyber industries, and will share how Tayside and Scotland can learn from these experiences.
These three key sectors we be the focus in the afternoon, sharing experiences with regional leaders including:
•    Professor Iain Gillespie, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee
•    Colin Cook, Director of Economic Development, The Scottish Government
•    Robin Presswood, Executive Director of City Development, Dundee City Council 
•    Mark Logan, Chief Entrepreneur, The Scottish Government
•    Professor Sir Mike Ferguson CBE FRS FRSE FMedSci, Regius Professor of Life Sciences, University of Dundee
•    Dr Abigail Lyons, Senior Business Innovation Manager, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre
•    David Ferbrache OBE, Chair, National Cyber Resilence Advisory Board
•    Scott Barnett, Head of Information & Cyber Security, NHS National Services Scotland
•    Chris van der Kuyl, CBE, FRSE, Principal, Chroma Ventures
•    Brian Baglow, Founder, Scottish Games Network
•    Gordon Mole, Head of Business & Employability, Fife Council
•    Stuart Martin, CEO, Hyper Luminal Games
Futurescot will be running similar events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness in the autumn, but please join us in Dundee on Thursday 8th June and share the ‘Tayside experience’.
When asked during the registration process, please apply the Guest Code DD04.
Please click here to register.

Graduate Apprenticeships course specific webinars: Wednesday 3rd and 4th May

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The University of Dundee are holding a series of webinars to share with employers how their fully funded Graduate Apprenticeship Programme can help them to develop the skills of their workforce, at no additional cost to the business.

The five webinars, one for each of the courses they offer, will delve deeper into the content of the specific course, in addition to highlighting how the Programme can help you to both invest in the development of your workforce and grow your business.

You will also hear from both employers and apprentices who are currently using the programme, so you can find out about their experience first-hand and the benefits the programme can bring to your business.

With fully funded courses available once again to current or new employees (of all ages) in Business Management, IT Management for Business, IT Software Development, Civil Engineering, and Engineering, Design and Manufacturing, they can help you develop employees from across your business.

If you would like to register for one of the webinars, please click the relevant link below.

Similarly, if you feel anyone within your network would be interested, please share this email with them.


Wednesday 3 May

  • IT Management Graduate Apprenticeships webinar - 09:30-10:30 – Click here

  • Business Management Graduate Apprenticeships webinar - 11:00-12:00 – Click here

  • Civil Engineering Graduate Apprenticeships webinar - 13:00-14:00 – Click here


Thursday 4 May

  • IT Software Development Graduate Apprenticeships webinar - 10:00-11:00 – Click here

  • Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Graduate Apprenticeships webinar - 13:00-14:00 – Click here



Scottish Apprenticeships - Employer Information Webinars (Online)

Scottish Apprenticeships - Employer Information Webinars

  • Monday 27 March – Perth & Kinross Webinar - 1300-1415 (co-hosted by UHI Perth)
  • Tuesday 28 March – Dundee & Angus Webinar – 1000-1115 (co-hosted by D&A College)
  • Wednesday 29 March – West Lothian Webinar – 1000-1115 (co-hosted by West Lothian College)
  • Thursday 30 March – Forth Valley Webinar – 1000-1115 (co-hosted by Forth Valley College)

Join us at one of our online Scottish Apprenticeships Events to find out how our fully funded Scottish Apprenticeship Family can help you to develop your talent, boost your performance and grow your business.

Whether you are looking to develop talent of the future by offering opportunities to those just starting their career, or you would like to develop current or new members of your workforce all the way up to degree level, then we have fully funded Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeship opportunities available for you.

Our Apprenticeship Family can work hand in hand with your company goals and objectives, allowing you to focus on the task at hand whilst we work to develop the skills and experience that are entering your business, increasing your flexibility, responsiveness and efficiency.

From Business to Engineering, IT to Social Care, we have development opportunities available in a whole range of subject areas.

During each event, not only will you find out more about the Scottish Apprenticeship Family and how your business can benefit from them, but you will also hear from apprenticeship providers in your area, discussing each of the Scottish Apprenticeships on offer.

We want to help as many businesses as we can during these trying times, and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our events, to find out how we can help you and your business grow and prosper for years to come.

More Details and Registration.

What is Techscaler and what does it mean for Dundee?

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Techscaler is a Scottish Government programme delivered by CodeBase, aimed at creating, developing and scaling tech startups, connecting businesses with experts, and hosting spaces for fellow founders and startup folk to work and hang out.

To find out more about how it will impact Dundee, Techscaler are hosting an information event on Wednesday, 8 March 2023, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT, at the CyberQuarter, Abertay University, Bell St, Dundee, DD1 1HG. This event will be a hybrid event, with both in-person and remote options for participation.

Representatives of CodeBase will be joined by regional partners and members of our community to discuss how Techscaler activity will provide support, enable collaboration, and facilitate growth within the Scottish tech ecosystem.

This event will feature a panel discussion and a Q&A session with the audience, followed by an opportunity to network with fellow attendees.

What will I learn?

Whether you are already a part of the CodeBase community, if you would like to join our community, or if you just want to learn more about what Techscaler means for you and your region, this event will unpack what you can expect from Techscaler activities across Dundee.

Registration and further details on Eventbrite

Meet the Buyer Tayside 2023

21 March 2023, 10am to 2pm, Invercarse Hotel, Dundee 


Image promoting the Meet the Buyer Tayside event on the 21st of March in the Invercarse Hotel, 10am-2pm
Is your business looking for new customers?  
Dundee City Council, in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council, Angus Council, Fife Council and the Supplier Development Programme, invites businesses of all sizes to a free in-person Meet the Buyer event on 21 March 2023 at the Invercarse Hotel in Dundee. 

New and existing suppliers, particularly sole traders, small businesses and social enterprises in and around  Tayside, are invited to this free event to discover upcoming contract opportunities and get support on procurement processes. 

Meet the Buyer Tayside will give businesses of all sizes the opportunity to meet buyers from: 
•    Angus Council 
•    Dundee City Council 
•    Fife Council 
•    Perth & Kinross Council 
•    NHS Tayside 
•    Universities 
•    Colleges 
•    Tayside Contracts 
•    Supplier Development Programme 
•    Social Security Scotland 
•    and more! 

Suppliers will also be able to with meet larger contractors to learn about current and active subcontract opportunities, and how to join their supply chains.  

There will be speakers and optional short informational workshops delivered throughout the day, demystifying topics such as Quick Quotes for smaller contracts and top tips on using the Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) website for bidding success. 

Attendance at this event is free, but to secure your place please follow the link below:

Arcadia Night 2023 (Organised by Biome Collective)

Arcadia Night 2023

Arcadia Night 2023 brings together leading voices from the videogames industry for an evening of talks, games exhibition and performance.

Arcadia Night 2023, will take place on the evening of Thursday 2nd February from 6-10pm at Discovery Point Dundee and will feature micro-talks from game developers, makers and thinkers from across the industry, an experimental games exhibition and a performance by the wonderful Tinderbox Orchestra!

Arcadia Night is an inclusive, safe space and all are welcome; from professional game makers to students to people just getting into games! To maximise accessibility we will be providing an online stream on YouTube and in the Biome Gallery to help people near and far join in too.

With the Global Game Jam taking place soon after, this will be a great opportunity to connect to other game makers, network and learn from your peers.

Get inspired! Play exciting games! Enjoy live music!


Registration (via Eventbrite)

Health and Safety

MVV Enviroment are delivering a free information sessions on Health and Safety on Wednesday 8th February 2023 at 9am and 1pm at their Energy from Waste facility at Balgovie.  

MVV Environment Health and Safety Event Flyer.  Sessions take place on the 8th of February at 9am or 1pm.

WEBINAR: Tay5G Challenge Fund 2023

CeeD is running a lunchtime webinar (12:00-13:00) with Urban Foresight on 11th January to talk about the Tay5G Challenge Fund where you will be able to discuss your ideas and projects that may benefit from the funding, as well as find potential partners.

£450,000 is available through the Challenge Fund to support up to six applicants who can demonstrate impactful projects for products, services or solutions which use 5G.  
Applications which support the region’s focus areas listed below will be prioritised: 
•    Agriculture, Food and Drink 
•    Digital & Creative 
•    Energy & Renewables 
•    Life Sciences 
•    Manufacturing 
•    Mobility / Transportation 
•    Smart Cities IoT 
•    Tourism

Come along to our first webinar of the year to find out more, please click here to register.


Illuminate Dundee

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Illuminate Dundee is an event designed to shine a light on the thriving life sciences community based in and around Dundee. This event will focus on bringing together local life sciences organisations, creating a platform for attendees to meet industry peers, exchange ideas and collaborate.

Taking place on Wednesday 1 March, the event will begin with an online ‘Lunch and Learn’ session including:

Speaker presentations
A panel discussion with local life sciences professionals
Networking opportunities

Followed by an in-person networking event at The Street in the School of Life Sciences, the University of Dundee.

Click here for more information and to register for the event.

This event is hosted by Ambit, in collaboration with BioDundee and the University of Dundee.

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