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2 Day Business Start Up Workshop

"Over the 2 Days you will understand the need for a Business Plan in starting and running a successful business, be able to describe your business and learn how to present your plan."


Book keeping for VAT Registered Businesses

Book keeping for VAT Registered Businesses


How to Wow Your Customers

This workshop aims to provide ideas and practical advice on how to provide excellent service that keeps customers returning and sharing their experiences.


eCommerce (Intermediate) – DigitalBoost

A valuable workshop detailing practical steps that will help you increase the effectiveness of your eCommerce presence so you can grow your business.

West Dunbartonshire

Social Media

This workshop will increase your understanding of social media and how it can be used for the benefit of your business.


Scottish Edge Pitching Workshop

This practical workshop will give you advice and training on how to produce a perfect pitch, from how to present confidently to ensuring you communicate a meaningful and succinct message


Business Start-Up: ICT

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


Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

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

East Dunbartonshire

Effective Business Record Keeping

This workshop will help you to run your business finances more efficiently and ensure you are compliant with tax law


Importance of Branding and IPR

This workshop will explain: What we mean by branding. What we mean by brand identity. Why we should bother investing in branding. What the branding basics are and how to define your branding. Thi


Becoming an Employer

This workshop aims to help you understand the process of employing people. It will also deal with legal obligations and point you in the direction of further assistance.


Mastering Selling Skills

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


Business Start Up Weekend Course - 2 day

To provide an overview of what is involved in putting together an effective business plan and starting up a business.


Women into Business 1: Building a Successful Business

This workshop will focus on developing a strong foundation on which to build your business. You will learn tools to develop confidence and manage your time effectively exploring your motivation to ru


Marketing on a Shoestring

This workshop will provide a good understanding of what Marketing is and how it will contribute to the success of your business


Website Data Analytics - DigitalBoost

This workshop unlocks Google analytics so you can clearly see where your website traffic is coming from and why, transforming your website’s effectiveness.


Importance of Branding

This workshop will explain the importance of investing in branding


Start up Workshop 2: Marketing and Managing Your Business

This workshop is the second of a 2-part series. You will leave this workshop with an understanding of the skills you need and the actions you need to take to market and manage your business.


Women Into Business

A free networking event and opportunity to meet other women starting a business.Join us at August's Women Into Business Meet Up! A free networking event.


Business Start-Up: Marketing

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


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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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Programmed for success

Developing software product used around the world inspired Allan Jardine to launch a business.

Case study

Moray jewellery sparkles

Joanne Charlish set up her first business ten years ago and followed up with Poppy Jewellery last year. Here, she shares with us the story behind her business.

Case study

Culinary entrepreneur whisks up more Parisian delights

An Edinburgh macaron business has invested in a new manufacturing base.

Case study

Perth business leads the way in doggy day care

James Todd set up Perth Pet Care a doggy day care centre, after 35 years of working in the oil and gas industry.

Case study

Entrepreneur gives top marks to exclusive summer school

A North East business woman was handpicked to attend a coveted business summer school.

Case study

Business hits the right key

Spotting a gap in the market helped Sarah go digital.

Case study

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