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Business Start Up - Taxation

"This workshop will explain the basics of tax, National Insurance and VAT"

Falkirk

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.

West Dunbartonshire

Digitise Your Business Processes

Digitise Your Business Processes

Dundee

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.

Lanarkshire

Start Up Day Workshop

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

Aberdeen

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.

Scottish Borders

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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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Jewellery business continues to sparkle

When Mhairi MacDonald’s gran came over to visit her from Australia and showcased her jewellery making skills, it wasn’t long before the mum-of-two was hooked.

Case study

All aboard for Saltcoats' Cafe at the Station

With support from Business Gateway Tricia Smith's Saltcoats café is now welcoming a host of regulars from across Ayrshire and beyond.

Case study

Gallery puts Caithness company in the frame

Barbara Cowan set up Coo’s Tail Gallery in Thurso last year.

Case study

New Campbeltown business sparks into life

A former engineer within the oil and gas industry has returned home to Campbeltown to set up his own business.

Case study

Orkney business sets sights on future growth

Kyloe Partners just started trading a few months ago, but already the Kirkwall based software development business has built a 12 strong workforce.

Case study

Louise draws on experience to launch new business

With support from Business Gateway Louise Clifford found her way through the start-up maze.

Case study

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