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How to Talk About Your Business

Every business should be clear about the service/product it offers to potential customers. Are you sure you are talking about your business in the best possible way to…

Glenrothes

Practical Basic Book-Keeping

This workshop deals with practical basic book-keeping

Oban

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: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.

Greenock

Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

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

Inverurie

Trading Online

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

Dunfermline

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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

Becoming an employer

Taking on staff is an essential for the growth of most businesses. Even if you’ve had people working for you before, there have been some important changes for employers in recent years. So this article will give you a basic overview on the right way to become an employer. 

Guide

EU trading

While trading with the EU can initially seem a little daunting, the single market actually makes EU trade straightforward. There are a few things you need to know about though, such as the VAT implications, EC sales lists and intrastats.

Guide

Exporting goods

For Customs purposes, an export is defined as moving goods to ‘third countries’ – meaning any country outside the European Union (EU).

Guide

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Strathleven Distillers

A Scottish company that produces the world’s first single malt Scottish vodka VALT and a unique gin made with malted barley spirt, GILT, now exports to 15 countries.

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

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

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