Business month set to be launched

Phil Morris, founder and managing director of sports kit manufacturer Kukri Sports,  will talk about 'Six Steps to Building a Great Business' in a talk in St Boswells
Phil Morris, founder and managing director of sports kit manufacturer Kukri Sports, will talk about 'Six Steps to Building a Great Business' in a talk in St Boswells

The founder of international sportswear brand Kukri will launch Scottish Borders Business Month on October 1 at the opening event of a packed programme put together by Business Gateway and partners.

Phil Morris, the founder and group managing director of Kukri, is the guest speaker at an event at the Buccleuch Arms in St Boswells, where he will talk about ‘Six Steps to Building a Great Business’ and officially open the month-long series of events for local businesspeople, entrepreneurs and those thinking about starting up their own business.

Mr Morris said: “Having recently moved to the Borders I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with local businesses and budding entrepreneurs so that we can all help create jobs, profits and great businesses in this hidden gem of an area.”

More than 20 events will take place between October 1 and November 6, including events organised by Business Gateway Scottish Borders, Royal Bank of Scotland, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Borders Business Forum and Creative Arts Business Network, to name just a few.

Business Gateway manager Phil McCreadie said: “The success of last year’s business week, and the feedback from businesses, prompted us to expand the programme over a whole month to make it easier for people to attend more events.”

As part of Business Month there is a huge breadth of events taking place across the whole of the Scottish Borders which will interest people no matter what type of business they are in, or are considering establishing.”

Business Month will conclude with the Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards 2015, this year being run by Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce. Nine awards are up for grabs, and more information on these, including how to apply, can be found via www.borderschamber.com.

Councillor Stuart Bell, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “Our Business Gateway service and partner organisations have come up with an excellent selection of events which I am sure will provide inspiration, advice, and insight for people across all sectors of our business community.”