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The Open University Scotland are offering a limited number of free places on fully funded 'Microdential' courses. Find out more. 

As part of the Government’s commitment to Net Zero by 2050, a Funding competition for Green Distilleries has been announced with a focus on fuel switching and enabling technologies to truly assist de-carbonisation. Up to £10M funding is available to support distilleries going green up to 2023.

Latest statistics emerging from UK business about the threat posed by the digital skills shortage and the five opportunities outlined by The Open University (OU) to help businesses upskill and reskill their workforce.

CeeD are delighted to welcome IBioIC as a new member to our network.

Help both the environment and your business' bottom line by committing to a Climate Change Agreement - and receive up to a 90% discount on the Climate Change Levy (CCL) element of your fuel and utility bills.

To help employers manage and provide flexible wotrking arrangements to employees, eCom is providing a free C19Pass App for workers to download with a digital pass.

Tracy Black, director of CBI Scotland, outlines a six point plan to help businesses deal with local lockdowns in today's Business Insider.

CeeD Managing Director, Joe Pacitti, is featured in today's Scotsman (31 July) talking about how we need to balance the economy and environment as we come out of lockdown with a stronger focus on the sustainability of our planet.

Do you want to help Strathclyde PHD student carry out research into Augmented Reality?

She is seeking volunteers for intuitive and enjoyable smartphone tasks.

Alexander Dennis Ltd move closer to achieving their commitment to a zero emissions fleet with the delivery of first 29 BYD ADL Enviro400EV double deckers to Natonal Express Midlands.

CB Technology Managing Director, John Cameron, talks to CeeD about their multi-million pound expansion plans and how having firm financial foundations is not only enabling them to survive the Coronavirus storm but also enabling continued growth in the years ahead.

SCDI have published their report in partnership with the Clean Growth Strategy Group and membership.
They urge Scotland's response to the Climate Emergency which has not gone away to be tackled with the same urgency as the COVID 19 health emergency. An ambitious "Green Stimulus" could be used to kick start the economy creating green jobs and delivering a clean growth model.

Seize the summer to upskill your team with CodeClan’s Summer School courses from 2 days to 5 weeks.
Interactive virtual classroom - Tech and data courses to help boost your team’s productivity

Now and post-pandemic, there may never be a greater demand for digital and tech-savvy skills. This is why CodeClan has launched its Summer School: a series of short and knowledge-based courses to improve the understanding of Data and Programming.

Celebrate International Women in Engineering Day (#INWED20) 23 June this year. Celebrate success and celebrate impact #shapetheworld

With the current pandemic being the focus of the entire world, other issues have rightfully taken a back seat. Topics that just a few months ago seemed so important are now discarded. Interestingly enough, the pandemic and its repercussions have also generated some surprisingly positive impacts to our world. In some areas, the skies are bluer, the water is cleaner, and wildlife are returning. This provides some hope that we as humans can help heal our earth.

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Scottish Business Cares Mentoring Programme

SBC is offering a 1-2-1 mentoring service for organisations who need immediate support in overcoming challenges brought on by Covid-19.
Each participant will get a total of seven hours of mentoring from a business leader with knowledge and experience relevant to their specific situation. Mentors are drawn from a variety of industries including entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

An unexpected side effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the cooperation and sense of camaraderie among many communities.
While stories of individuals helping vulnerable neighbours are well-known, less discussed is the sense of solidarity that has arisen among the Scottish business community.

Rapid Response is an Edinburgh Innovations initiative funded by the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account providing fast-track support to help businesses and other organisations affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rapid Response: Explore is a series of webinars which has been created to provide a platform for organisations to hear from leading researchers at the University of Edinburgh. The series will see multi-disciplinary academics share their expertise, discuss the latest advances and present cutting-edge innovations relevant to your organisation.

Edinburgh start-up PicoJar has completed a $185,000 (£146,000) pre-seed funding round led by Techstart Ventures and backed by Skyscanner founder Gareth Williams.

The business, which was founded by former Amazon and Skyscanner software engineer Siwei Kang, is behind an app which allows users to manage and annotate mobile phone screenshots.

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Alexander Dennis (ADL) chief executive Colin Robertson is to join the board of parent company NFI as vice chair and hand over leadership of the Falkirk-based business to Paul Davies.

Robertson had agreed to stay on as CEO until May to guide the transition after Canadian group NFI bought ADL last May for £320 million but is to stay in the job until 30 September after a handover period.

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Abertay University has received funding from the Scottish Funding Council to produce the courses in response to an identified skills shortage. The result is a newly-created suite of short, credit-bearing courses which are a springboard for people looking to market their businesses in an increasingly digital environment, post pandemic. They are also an excellent option for those looking to upskill ahead of a return to work. The first course starts 23 June. More information is available at abertay.ac.uk/shortcourses

McDonald Water Storage - is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month.
Having transformed from its beginnings in the world of engineering, it became known worldwide for its plumbing systems.
When World War Two broke out, the firm moved into the production of aircraft wings and it was to be as the war ended, they turned their attention to manufacturing copper hot water cylinders, for which there was a large demand with the rebuilding after the war. This developed into complete plumbing systems exported all over the world, including Australia, Brazil and the Middle East.

Forth Ports' Ashley Nicholson has been appointed president of the UK Harbour Masters Association (UKHMA).
Grangemouth-based Nicholson is the UK's youngest senior harbour certificated harbour master and the first female to be appointed to lead the UKHMA.

Manufacturing Automation UK
Over the years, there has been much debate with regard to automation and the impact it has on employment in the UK manufacturing industry. Much of this has been brought about by the promotion of Industry 4.0. In reality, it has been with us for years. Automation will take manufacturing jobs, but new types of jobs are evolving through automation, in just the same way that industries such as farming evolved to increase production through automation by using tractors, automated milking etc.

Accredited Living Wage employer, Mage Control Systems have been telling us how they have prioritised their staff’s mental health during the coronavirus crisis #InThisTogether

Just before lockdown Janet Menzies the owner and operations director of Mage Control Systems, attended the Scottish Mental Health First Aid Course. The course provides an understanding of a range of mental health issues and how people are affected by them. With most staff working from home and some on furlough, Janet realised that their mental health could be affected, especially if they were living alone.

Cyber Security: Time to Change

In a period of accelerated change where security experts predict a 40% increase in cyber-attacks, there has never been a greater need to protect your business and develop your cyber security capability.

A centre focused on carbon innovation is seeking entrepreneurs to join a programme that aims to get low carbon start-ups investment ready.

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) is recruiting for its EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator and ClimateLaunchpad programmes. The Accelerator programme gives low carbon start-ups the funding, tools and coaching they need to grow into great businesses. The deadline for submissions is Friday 29 May 2020.

Millions of people across the UK were furloughed on 80% pay

The number of UK firms going bust tumbled by a third last month thanks to Government life-support measures but companies may face greater risks as the economy emerges from coronavirus, according to a report. The steep drop comes after the Government launched its mammoth job retention scheme that has seen millions of people furloughed on 80% pay, as well as a raft of loan and finance support schemes.

The Scottish Government has today (5 May) published further information, following the original publication COVID-19: A Framework for Decision Making. This update sets out further information about the challenges Scotland faces and provides illustrative examples of the steps that might form part of the initial changes to the current lockdown restrictions. The document can be found

A face mask prototype that is aimed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus is being developed by a company in partnership with University of the West of Scotland academics.

Fabric engineering company tensARC is creating the product Face Gaiter for use by members of the public, particularly in work environments where social distancing is more difficult.

The aim is to carry out the project without interfering with supplies of PPE for frontline workers.

The coronavirus lockdown is leading to lasting changes in the way UK companies operate, according to new figures from the Institute of Directors.
In a survey of hundreds of business leaders, four out of ten said their organisation had made adjustments that they intend to keep in place after lockdown.

A £100 million package of additional grant support for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people opens for applications later today.

The three separate funds will be administered by local authorities and Scotland’s enterprise agencies and will begin to pay out grants in early May.

They include a £34 million hardship fund for the newly self-employed, a £20 million fund for small and micro enterprises in the creative, tourism and hospitality sectors and £45 million for viable SMEs crucial to the Scottish economy which are vulnerable.

Scottish SMEs are missing out on thousands of pounds of unclaimed research and development tax credits, it has been claimed.
Many businesses are unaware that they are eligible for this funding, which can be claimed against spending on research and development in a wide range of areas. In particular, companies that have repurposed their manufacturing lines to produce face masks, hand sanitiser and ventilators to support the Covid-19 relief efforts will be eligible to claim back money against the cost of staffing, consumables and the reworking of supply chains.

In an exclusive column for The Courier, Scottish Enterprise chief executive Steve Dunlop outlines his vision for economic recovery

Scottish Enterprise has welcomed Tuesday 21st April statement from Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop that an extra £100m will be made available to the newly self-employed and firms suffering hardship.

With a mission to build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and planet.

Air navigation service providers across Europe will share a £1.1 billion support package to maintain services, as the fall in air traffic has led to a dramatic reduction in their income.

The UK, along with other European states, has supported the intergovernmental organisation, EUROCONTROL, which manages charging for air navigation services across Europe, in securing a loan of £1.1 billion to maintain critical air navigation services, which have been affected by the fall in air traffic from coronavirus.

A Fife firm has revealed it is working to supply more than 10 million temperature measuring chips, along with other technical supplies, to help in the global fight against coronavirus.

The Courier revealed last month how Semefab in Glenrothes received enquiries from four customers in China for 2.5 million non-contact thermostat measuring chips in the space of just 10 days in the early days of the pandemic.

15 Apr 2020
Part of: Coronavirus in Scotland, Business, industry and innovation

Dundee & Angus College and Dundee-based Coast Renewables have entered into a partnership to deliver training for the wind turbine sector.
The organisations are hoping to help develop a workforce that will be required for several major upcoming renewables projects.
D&A College will offer the Global Wind Organisations (GWO) basic technical training course which has been designed to greatly increase the number of skilled technicians around the world.

An Aberdeen subsea company has landed a contract to clear the seabed for a major windfarm development.
The team from Oceaneering, based in Dyce, will take on the work for the Moray East Offshore project.
It will clear the seabed route for the scheme in the Moray Firth.

Coronavirus Hardship Funding of £5m for Scottish Students
The Scottish government has announced extra emergency funding for University and College students. A £5m package of emergency financial support is being offered during the Covid-19 crisis. Students will be able to apply to their institutions to access the money, which is being made available straight away. Read more

In true CeeD spirit, our partner and Growth500 content provider, Ethos Consulting have offered up their top tips to help CeeD members while working from home! See attached PDF documents below.

Keep your eyes peeled for a future webinar with Ethos Consulting!

CeeD member TRTL are pledging to donate 10,000 pairs of compression socks to NHS staff across the UK!

With the current global pandemic affecting lives all over the world, they wanted to give back to nurses who are combating COVID-19 at the front-line and are facing some of the toughest weeks and months of their careers.

The company have currently donated a total of 5,000 of their TRTL Compression Socks to acute nurses in six hospitals across Scotland and now pledge to give away an additional 5,000 to nurses in London

British engineering group @RenishawUK ramps up production of vital ventilator components at its factories in Gloucestershire and South Wales as part of a nationwide effort to help the NHS combat coronavirus #UKmfg #GBmfg

JFD, a world leader in breathing apparatus, life support equipment and hyperbaric medical equipment to support life-critical applications and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, today announced that it will bring to market a new patient ventilator system to support global health systems in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

JFD has responded to the UK Government’s Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator System call to manufacturers, to support the provision of essential medical equipment to the front-line NHS.

Our Partner/Member SCDI have been listening to members to understand the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on members, business, organisation, sector and community or region and looking to harness a collective voice to inform government action.

Fast Fashion Is Being Left In The Slow Lane: Why The Days Of Cheap Clothes Might Be Over Forever

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FAST START FUNDING - INNOVATE UK (Business-led innovation in response to global disruption)

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to respond to new and urgent needs in UK and global communities during and following the Covid-19 pandemic. Competition opens: Friday 3 April 2020 Competition closes: Friday 17 April 2020 12:00pm

Balhousie Care Group has launched a smartphone app for employees, as care home teams pitch in together during a challenging time.

The app, developed in a record 10 days by Balhousie Care’s in-house IT team, gives the group’s 1400 staff immediate and on-the-go access to company news, tips and guidelines, particularly surrounding Coronavirus.

The app features Coronavirus FAQs, a weekly staff newsletter, and how-to’s on subjects like hand-washing and putting on Personal Protection Equipment. There are also links to the latest news from Balhousie Care’s 26 homes.

This week I am writing to a number of individual businesses that are displaying the worst examples of payment practice by issuing standard communications to their entire supplier base advising that payments are going to be delayed or stopped. At this time of national crisis, every business is facing extraordinary pressure on cashflow. Although I understand the need to make commercial decisions in mitigation, I am concerned that this action will damage the supply chain, the economy and the reputation of their own business.

Foodmek has supported the Food, Drink & Pharmaceutical Industries for 47 years and has a wide experience in design, manufacture, and servicing of equipment used within these industries. In these challenging times, they believe they have capabilities that could be used to help support their critical national infrastructure.

The three Enterprise Agencies in Scotland indicate their role to help the economy alongside the support for the health crisis.

The Ventilator Challenge UK Consortium consists of a group of 14 companies and the manufacturing research centres in the UK.
Over the past week the consortium has been working hard to investigate production of a range of ventilator design options to meet a high-level specification for a Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator System (“RMVS”) developed by clinicians and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”).
The consortium has evaluated all requirements to design, manufacture, assemble and test components, as well as finished medical ventilators.

Guidance for businesses in Scotland on social distancing, including the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Technological innovation alone, however, is not enough to face the complex challenges of today’s disruptive world. Such thinking ignores the real and exciting synergies that can be created between human ¬potential and digital potential. There is choice in the way that technologies are designed and implemented – good choices blend technological ¬potential with human capacity for learning, creativity and innovation. Bad ¬choices remove people from the equation, and you can end up with expensive failures.

Blog by:
Deborah Miller, Partner, MacRoberts LLP

On Friday 20 March, the Government announced further measures to help businesses and employees in these uncertain economic times. The Government announced a new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to provide employers with access to “support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis”.