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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.

Marketing Your Business

This workshop will help you create a realistic marketing plan. It is designed to improve how you market your business and increase sales.

Selkirk

Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

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

Glasgow

Facebook for Beginners

Facebook course: Introduction to Facebook for Business (1/2 day introductory level – there is a follow-up/intermediate/advanced level course option if there is…

Dumfries

Social Media

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

Hillington

Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.

Aberdeen

Improve Your Search Engine Ranking

Making it easier for potential customers to find your website can only increase your chances of converting them into repeat clients.

Dumfries

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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.

Guide

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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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