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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.


Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

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


Facebook Strategy for Business

If your business currently has a Facebook Business Page and wishes to maximise its potential, tie it firmly into your business objectives and produce a strategy to grow…

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Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.


Improve Your Search Engine Ranking

This workshop aims to improve your understanding of how search engines prioritise results.


Business Expenses for the Self Employed

Business Gateway clients have the chance to quiz HMRC about “what expenses can I claim” in a 'LIVE' webinar.


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Financial options for businesses with ambition to grow

There are a number of options to consider when you want to grow. If you’re not using your own money, you’ll need to review your recent performance and prepare a detailed business plan, including a cashflow forecast.

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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.



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


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.


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.


Business insurance

The type and amount of insurance cover you’ll need will vary according to the risks your business is exposed to and how much risk you’re willing to bear.

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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

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


With continuing support from Business Gateway, Edinburgh based specialist tea leaf provider, eteaket, is enjoying a taste of success with turnover up by 10% over the past two years.

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