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Automatic Enrolment Explained- Ensure you are Compliant

The law on workplace pensions has changed to make it easier for people to save for a pension. Every employer in the UK will have a legal obligation to help more of their workers save for retirement.


Financial Management

This course aims to impart the skills necessary to effectively manage financial records, credit and cash flow.


1 Day Business Start Up workshop

"A one day business start-up workshop incorporating: business planning, finance, marketing and market research."

Argyll & Bute

Twitter & Hootsuite (Intermediate) - DigitalBoost

A workshop for businesses that already use Twitter as part of their digital marketing strategy, and wish to produce more engaging content, reach a wider audience and measure the effectiveness.


Website Data Analytics - DigitalBoost

This workshop unlocks Google analytics so you can clearly see where your website traffic is coming from and why, transforming your website’s effectiveness.

Argyll & Bute

Business Start-Up: ICT

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


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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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Dunoon pottery business is shaping up nicely

A Dunoon potter who makes hand thrown ceramics inspired by her surroundings has shops and galleries throughout the area 

Case study

Clackmannanshire business in great shape

Redunancy provides an opportunity to launch new business.

Case study

Falkirk's newest glamping site opens

Glamping destination provides chance to bed down in one of four unique wooden pods.

Case study

Finsbay chocolatier's sweet business success

A Finsbay chocolatier has almost quadrupled weekly production. 

Case study

Dentist fills gap in the market

Moderinising a dental practice helped Chris Pritchard set up a thriving business.

Case study

Business has great style

A love of fashion inspired Amanda Latham to become a personal stylist.

Case study

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