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We are sorry to hear about the sad and untimely passing of Gilbert Lawrie, Chief Executive of Dumbarton FC. Gilbert was a good friend to the Chamber and we held a number of great events at the stadium, notably an excellent talk by the then manager, Ian Murray.  http://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/obituary-gilbert-lawrie-chief-executive-of-dumbarton-fc-1-4010101

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West Dunbartonshire Council wants to spend more money with local businesses and is encouraging them to find out how they can win council contracts for goods and services.

Officers have invited interested companies for a 30-minute, one-to-one session to find out more about the procurement process ‒ including the types of goods and services the council needs to source and how to bid for contracts -  Wednesday 20 January. Appointments will be allocated on a first come first served basis and take place at the council offices in Garshake Road, Dumbarton.

To book email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it stating your name, business name, details of the goods or services you provide, and any specific queries you have.

The authority’s local spend for goods, works and services last year was £9.6million ‒ an increase of £1,400,000 on 2013-14  and more is planned in the years ahead.

Councillor Kath Ryall, convener of the council's Corporate Services Committee, said: “We are committed to improving economic growth and employability, so it is important to us to support local businesses, even in the face of financial challenges.

“Last year the council saved the taxpayer more than £700,000 through improved procurement and we are confident local businesses have a lot to offer in helping us make even more savings.”

Vice-convener, Councillor Tommy Rainey, added: “There are fantastic opportunities available and I would encourage any local business keen to find out more about working with the council to take up this offer and make an appointment.”


THE Scottish Government has increased the funding for SMEs working with Investors in Young People (IIYP) to 100 per cent – but only till the end of March 2016.

The funding covers IIYP accreditation and two days of advice which helps organisations with 250 or less employees to plan and improve their recruitment, support and development of young people as part of future-proofing their business.

IIYP was one of the recommendations to come out of the Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce agenda and is a key performance indicator for its regional groups.

Investors in People Scotland is currently working with over 200 organisations assisting them with recruitment, retention and development of young people.

For more information on how using IIYP could benefit your business call 0131 625 0155 or visit www.investorsinyoungpeople.scot.



Who are we and what do we do?

The Dunbartonshire chamber is a membership organisation which promotes, represents and supports all kinds of business in both West Dunbartonshire and East Dunbartonshire.

Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce offers business support, networking and a host of benefits included in membership such as Chamber Legal and Chamber HR, subsidised healthcare, business directory listing. Click here to find out more.

Our membership takes in a wide range of sectors and sizes ranging from sole trader start ups, social enterprises and public sector organisations to PLCs and some of the largest employers in the area.

Starting a business in Dunbartonshire or wanting to grow an existing business? The Dunbartonshire Chamber provides the perfect starting point. We can help advise on funding, finance and training for business including the grants and loans available from our partner organisations. We can also put you in touch with essential service providers from within our membership.

Download pdf of our leaflet for more information

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