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This course aims to improve your selling skills, thereby increasing sales.
This course aims to improve your negotiation skills when discussing business deals.
This workshop aims to improve your understanding of how search engines prioritise results.
Dumfries & Galloway
This workshop will help you identify a strategy for secure, scalable and cost-effective back office and technology requirements.
"A one and a half day business start-up workshop incorporating: business planning, finance, marketing and market research."
Argyll & Bute
Helping your business 140 characters at a time. Twitter is the fastest moving social network. Find out how to listen to what your customers are saying on Twitter and how it can benefit your business.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
New owners ensure that Ayrshire optician is moving with the times.
Linda Hodes set up Kids in the City, a children’s clothes and gift shop in Perth earlier this year after spotting a gap in the local market.
Ruth Falconer set up Caithness Chocolate in Wick five years ago
An Inverclyde business owner who worked for IBM for 20 years is now helping small businesses run their enterprises smoothly.
A Geography teacher who has created a series of children’s books which focuses on a family dog visiting European cities is proving to be a hit with readers across the globe.
Paul Barrett set up IED Training Solutions Limited (IED TS) in June last year with his friend Ian Clark
Scottish business case studies
A Fife business has secured three deals collectively worth in excess of £4.5 million
A Stirling business has seen its turnover increase by 80%
Tayside business has seven figure contracts on the horizon.
Mark Bush set up Summer Harvest Ltd in 2008, selling cold pressed rapeseed oil and dressings from his family farm in Perthshire
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