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

Guides for business

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Insights for growth

Articles, case studies and advice to help you expand your business.

Social media for Social Enterprises

This workshop will help you ensure your social media activity is closely aligned to your social enterprises goals. You'll come away from this session with an understanding of how social media can help


Build Your Own Website (Part 1)

Introducing WordPress - one of the most popular web building systems used on millions of sites across the world. This work shop will be delivered over 2 half days.


Time Management

This workshop will help you make more effective use of your time, through efficient time management.


Managing Customer Lists using Excel

A half day workshop for anyone who wants to organise their business customer records and help you make sense of information available about your business.

Western Isles

2 Day Business Start Up Workshop

"Over the 2 Days you will understand the need for a Business Plan in starting and running a successful business, be able to describe your business and learn how to present your plan."

East Lothian

Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.


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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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Growth plans are on the menu for Carradale business owners

A couple who bought a restaurant in Carradale three years ago are now hoping to expand the business

Case study

Academy is a belter of a business

Linda and Steve Weir set up Weir Black Belt Academy, based in Elgin, in 2011 offering a mix of martial art and fitness classes.

Case study

Programmed for success

Developing software product used around the world inspired Allan Jardine to launch a business.

Case study

Moray jewellery sparkles

Joanne Charlish set up her first business ten years ago and followed up with Poppy Jewellery last year. Here, she shares with us the story behind her business.

Case study

Culinary entrepreneur whisks up more Parisian delights

An Edinburgh macaron business has invested in a new manufacturing base.

Case study

Perth business leads the way in doggy day care

James Todd set up Perth Pet Care a doggy day care centre, after 35 years of working in the oil and gas industry.

Case study

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