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Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

This workshop aims to make you aware of the various requirements involved in setting up a business.

Aberdeen

Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

This workshop aims to make you aware of the various requirements involved in setting up a business.

Falkirk

Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

This workshop aims to make you aware of the various requirements involved in setting up a business.

Glasgow

Trading Online

This workshop aims to enable you to set up and manage an effective online trading presence.

Edinburgh

Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

This workshop aims to make you aware of the various requirements involved in setting up a business.

Thornliebank

Get Real Results From Your Website

This workshop aims to give you the expertise necessary to make your website successful.

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

Franchising

Decide if franchising is for you. How to find the right franchise, and the key issues you need to consider.

Guide

What to include in your business plan: step-by-step

Find out how to start creating your own business plan in this step by step guide that covers what you need to include.

Video

Starting a business: the basics

If you're considering starting up a new business, you should think about researching your business idea, business planning, funding and finding and keeping customers.

Guide

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Manage research & development

All businesses need to keep improving their products and services to respond to changing customer needs.

Growth article

New VAT rules in 2015

On 1 January 2015 the VAT rules for cross-border B2C supplies of ‘digital services’ will change. 

Growth article

Raggnar Power

With Scotland boasting world leading renewable energy targets, Alford based renewables provider Raggnar Power has similarly ambitious plans to make a mark on the industry.

Case study

West Coast Foods

West Coast Foods have built an enviable reputation in the supply of the highest quality meat and fish produce to consumers, retailers and top end restaurants and hotels across the country.

Case study

Three Sisters Bake

Since opening up their own café in 2011, sisters Gillian, Nichola and Linsey have taken the baking world by storm.

Case study

N J Slee Welding and Fabrication

A Garelochhead company that was founded 35 years ago is targeting growth after achieving a major industry accreditation.

Case study

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