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Events and workshops

Whatever your business needs, there’s an event near you.

Guides for business

Get your business off the ground.

Insights for growth

Articles, case studies and advice to help you expand your business.

Is Self-Employment for You?

An informal session where you can find out more about starting up in self employment.


Advertising and Promotion

This workshop will give you the knowledge and skills you need to identify the best methods of promotion for your business and to produce an advertising plan to boost…


Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.


Make the Most of Email Marketing

With marketing budgets coming under increasing pressure email marketing is becoming an even more attractive option for companies seeking to lower costs, but how do you…


Business Start-Up: ICT

This workshop aims to give you the knowledge to recognise where information technology can help you operate more effectively.


Business Start-Up: Finance

This workshop aims to give an introduction to the role of finance in business.


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Prepare a business plan for growth

Every successful business regularly reviews its business plan to ensure it continues to meet its needs and responds to variations in the market, the economy and customer base.


Write a marketing plan

Writing a marketing plan helps you decide which customers to target and how to reach them. A marketing plan includes factors such as: deciding which customers to target; how to reach them and how to win their business.


Help and support available for your start up

If you run a start-up business as an entrepreneur, you may be able to get extra support if you’re a woman, over 50, disabled, from a minority ethnic group, young or on a low income.


Grants: the basics

Grants can help you fund a specific project. Grants usually cover only part of the total costs involved, so you will probably need to provide match funding alongside any grant.

External resource

New Enterprise Allowance

If you’re getting Jobseeker’s Allowance and can show that you have a business idea that could work, you can apply for New Enterprise Allowance.

External resource

Support for innovation, research and development

If you plan to research and develop new products or services, you may be able to get funding for R&D, tax credits or support from the government.


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Need advice on USPs?

USPs (Unique Selling Points/Propositions) explained, as well as how to identify yours.

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Need advice on using Twitter?

Provided you work at it, Twitter can be a powerful business tool, especially if you follow our top tips.

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Need advice on social media?

Tips on using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and some of the other free online applications for business.

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Need advice on organising events?

With so much to think about, it pays to follow our top tips on how to organise a successful business event.

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Need advice on Google Analytics?

Using Google Analytics to discover what works and what doesn’t about your online presence. 

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Need some advice on training?

It pays to invest in training, even when times are tough.

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