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Events and workshops

Whatever your business needs, there’s a fully funded 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.

Mastering Selling Skills

This course aims to improve your selling skills, thereby increasing sales.


Digital Marketing Strategy - DigitalBoost

Digital marketing can deliver real world business growth, and this workshop will show you a practical strategy for success.


Producing Engaging Online Content (Intermediate) – DigitalBoost

Producing quality content is an excellent way of helping customers develop a meaningful relationship with your brand, and ultimately boosting sales. Learn to understand, source and measure content.

Dumfries & Galloway

Successful Marketing and Promotion

This workshop will show you how best to market your business to attract more customers, increase your sales and improve your bottom line


Be Your Own Boss Roadshow – Kirkcaldy

"Our ‘Be Your Own Boss’ Roadshow is running throughout the month of September, at a range of venues in Fife and aims to give you the help you need to become self-employed and start your own business."


Start Up Day Workshop

This workshop aims to make you aware of the various requirements involved in setting up a 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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Moray bathroom company flush with success

Craig Horne set up Oakwood Bathrooms, suppliers and installers of bathrooms and tiles earlier this year

Case study

A gap in the market kept Heather on track

Spotting a gap in the market helped a conference and events organiser launch her own business.

Case study

Local company flushed with pride

A local company aims to build 100 toilets in Africa this year.

Case study

Funding helps Lanarkshire firm cut out a new future

A Cumbernauld company secures a funding package worth £240k.

Case study

Delivery business is the perfect cup of tea

The Coffee Perch bring afternoon tea to your doorstep.

Case study

New website helps catering company rise to the top

A Cumbernauld catering company has seen a 40% hike in online enquires following a website revamp. 

Case study

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