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How to Create a Healthy, Happy Workforce

"This workshop is aimed at SME businesses who are looking at making positive changes to create a happy, healthy, productive workforce"

Ayrshire

Digitise Your Business Processes - DigitalBoost

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

Fife

Negotiation Skills

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

Falkirk

Business Start-Up: Marketing

"This workshop aims to help you identify your customers, understand your competitors and plan an effective marketing strategy."

Clackmannanshire

Digital Marketing Strategy - DigitalBoost

Digital marketing can deliver real world business growth, and this workshop will show you a practical strategy for success.

Glasgow

Digital Marketing Strategy - DigitalBoost

"Digital marketing can deliver real world business growth, and this workshop will show you a practical strategy for success."

Stirling

Digitise Your Business Processes - DigitalBoost

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

Argyll & Bute

Digitise Your Business Processes - DigitalBoost

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

Scottish Borders

Business Start-Up: ICT

This workshop aims to give you the knowledge to recognise where information technology can help you operate more effectively.

Clackmannanshire

Business Start-Up: Finance

This workshop aims to give an introduction to the role of finance in business.

Lanarkshire

Bookkeeping

This workshop aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage your finances and comply with regulatory and legal requirements through a relevant bookkeeping system.

Edinburgh

An Introduction To Running Your New Business

An informal session where you can find out more about starting up in self employment.

Fife

Trading Online

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

Aberdeen

Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

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

Aberdeenshire

Workplace Pensions: Employer Responsibilities

Workplace pensions simplified. The way through the maze of legislation

West Dunbartonshire

Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

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

Renfrewshire

Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.

Glasgow

Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.

Aberdeen

Women in Business 2: Marketing Skills

"Following on from the previous session, this session aims to help you develop a structured approach to sales and marketing, including how to promote your business, sell effectively and create the rig

Edinburgh

Mentally Healthy Workplace Training for Managers

Mentally Healthy Workplace Training for Managers

Lanarkshire

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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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New Moray business pops up in shops across the country

A former design teacher at Gordonstoun School has launched a new business creating wooden 3D postcards which are now on sale in over 140 outlets across the country.

Case study

Redundancy sparks new business idea for electrical engineer

Being made redundant two days before Christmas led Ross Henderson to start his own business.

Case study

Hairdressing business looking to grow

An Ardrishaig salon is looking to take on more staff after a busy year in which demand for its hair, beauty and gym services all increased.

Case study

Textile classes proving a hit in Inverclyde

A textile designer who has worked in the industry for over 25 years is attracting people from across Scotland and beyond to her specially designed workshops.

Case study

Angus company has grounds for success

Kathryn Baker and her business partners, brother Ian and Jamie Simpson, set up Sacred Grounds Coffee Company last year after the self-confessed coffee junkies felt there was a gap in the Angus market 

Case study

Edinburgh technology business scoops an illustrious award

Procure Wizard wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation.

Case study

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