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

Mastering Selling Skills

This course aims to improve your selling skills, thereby increasing sales.


Negotiation Skills

This course aims to improve your negotiation skills when discussing business deals.


Improve Your Search Engine Ranking

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

Dumfries & Galloway

Digitise Your Business Processes - DigitalBoost

This workshop will help you identify a strategy for secure, scalable and cost-effective back office and technology requirements.


Business Start Up

"A one and a half day business start-up workshop incorporating: business planning, finance, marketing and market research."

Argyll & Bute

Twitter for Business

Helping your business 140 characters at a time. Twitter is the fastest moving social network. Find out how to listen to what your customers are saying on Twitter and how it can benefit your business.


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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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Ayrshire optician has an eye on the future

New owners ensure that Ayrshire optician is moving with the times.

Case study

Hunt for gift led to Perth business

Linda Hodes set up Kids in the City, a children’s clothes and gift shop in Perth earlier this year after spotting a gap in the local market.

Case study

Caithness chocolate maker whips up success

Ruth Falconer set up Caithness Chocolate in Wick five years ago

Case study

Local businesses count on Inverclyde bookkeeping firm

An Inverclyde business owner who worked for IBM for 20 years is now helping small businesses run their enterprises smoothly.

Case study

Ayrshire book business is a global success story

A Geography teacher who has created a series of children’s books which focuses on a family dog visiting European cities is proving to be a hit with readers across the globe.

Case study

Angus business training for success

Paul Barrett set up IED Training Solutions Limited (IED TS) in June last year with his friend Ian Clark

Case study

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