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Business Start-Up: Finance

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

Aberdeen

Business Start-Up: Marketing

This workshop aims to help you identify your customers, understand your competitors and plan an effective marketing strategy.

Edinburgh

Business Start-Up: Finance

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

Glasgow

Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.

Hillington

Social Media

This workshop will increase your understanding of social media and how it can be used for the benefit of your business.

Ayr

Business Start-Up: Finance

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

Falkirk

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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.

Guide

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.

Guide

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.

Guide

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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Echo Living

After appearing on TV to an audience of 1.2 million, we helped Sam Booth develop his business plan. Now Echo Living is set to launch the latest version of their acclaimed modular home at ‘Grand Designs Live’ in London.

Case study

Hebridean Sea Salt

After we helped Hebridean Sea Salt to secure £364,000 of funding, they were able to take on three new staff – including an operations manager and an export manager – to help the business expand.

Case study

The Big Cheese Making Kit

Ailsa Proverbs spotted a gap in the market for cheese-making kits as gifts. We helped her with business planning and the development of a sustainable growth strategy to help the business keep growing.

Case study

Stevenswood

We helped Scotland’s leading window manufacturer find grants worth £305,000. And we’re currently helping them with a further application too. 

Case study

Di Gilpin

Di Gilpin applied for funding to promote her knitwear business on a trip to Japan. The successful application let Di showcase her products and build a large Japanese following.

Case study

Just Slate

In 2006 The Just Slate Company came to us for help and went from a company of 5 people to a successful company of 25. 

Case study

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