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Events and workshops

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.

Facebook for Business

This workshop is designed for people who want to deepen their understanding of how Facebook can be used to engage with their target audience in order to boost conversions.


Developing a Social Media Strategy

This practical and interactive workshop will show you some of the tips and tricks that can make Social Media a business tool


Producing Engaging Online Content (Intermediate) – Digital Boost

Producing quality content is an excellent way of helping customers develop a meaningful relationship with your brand, and ultimately boosting sales. Learn to understand, source and measure content.


Basic Bookkeeping

Book-keeping is an essential element of running a business. How else will you know if you are making a profit? This workshop equips you with an understanding of business expenses and explains why keep

Dumfries & Galloway

Introduction to Social Media

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



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.


Business Start-Up: Finance

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


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.

West Dunbartonshire

HMRC Presentation - Tax and Self Assessment

This workshop is an introduction to Tax and Self Assessment presented by HMRC.


Employing People

This one day workshop will assist small businesses to deal with important employment issues and operate simple and effective employment practice


Understand your Business Tax Obligations From Day 1

This one day workshop is designed for new sole traders and small businesses


Facebook for Business (Intermediate) – Digital Boost

This workshop is designed for people who want to deepen their understanding of how Facebook can be used to engage with their target audience in order to boost conversions.


Business Expenses and Capital Allowances for the Self-Employed

Find out what allowable business expenses are and how to work out your tax allowances.


Business Start-Up: ICT

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


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.


Pop up Business Gateway - Girvan

Pop in and meet one of our business advisers for advice on starting or growing a business at our Business Gateway Roadshows.


Business Start-Up: Marketing

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


Producing Engaging Online Content – Digital Boost

This workshop will help you understand what kind of content customers need, and how you can source it and measure its effectiveness.

Scottish Borders

Managing Health & Safety: The Basics

Keeping your staff safe


Writing Your Own Blog

Find a voice for 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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Moray bathroom company flush with success

Craig Horne set up Oakwood Bathrooms, suppliers and installers of bathrooms and tiles earlier this year

Case study

A gap in the market kept Heather on track

Spotting a gap in the market helped a conference and events organiser launch her own business.

Case study

Local company flushed with pride

A local company aims to build 100 toilets in Africa this year.

Case study

Funding helps Lanarkshire firm cut out a new future

A Cumbernauld company secures a funding package worth £240k.

Case study

Delivery business is the perfect cup of tea

The Coffee Perch bring afternoon tea to your doorstep.

Case study

New website helps catering company rise to the top

A Cumbernauld catering company has seen a 40% hike in online enquires following a website revamp. 

Case study

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