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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.

Business Start-Up: Finance

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


Business Expenses and Capital Allowances for the Self-Employed

Find out what allowable business expenses are and how to work out your tax allowances.


Business Start-Up: Finance

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


HMRC Webinar Business Expenses

Business Gateway clients are getting the chance to quiz HMRC about tax and self-employment in a live webinar.


Business Start-Up: Marketing

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



This workshop aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage your finances and comply with regulatory and legal requirements through a relevant…


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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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Braw Beard Oils

When John Jackson launched Braw Beard Oils in 2013 little did he realise his business would spark a friendship with the lead singer of one of the world’s biggest rock bands

Case study

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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