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Events and workshops

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Guides for business

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Insights for growth

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Business Start Up

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

Argyll & Bute

Business Start-Up: Marketing

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


Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.

West Lothian

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.


A Guide to Starting up a Business

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


Presentation and Promotion

This workshop looks at the basics of creating the right image. It also looks to identify the right media channels to promote it.


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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.


Cyber Resilience Toolkit

Technology has revolutionised small and medium sized businesses. It improves efficiency and is a channel to access a national and global base of customers.


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

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New platform makes it easy to buy local in the North East

North East businesses can support the local economy with the help of a new website.

Case study

Funding helps Falkirk business branch out

An outdoor learning specialist has secured funding to create more events in 2017.

Case study

Social enterprise creates pattern for success

A social enterprise that arms women with traditional textile skills is looking to establish a permanent manufacturing base in Eyemouth.

Case study

Clackmannanshire business in good shape

Discovering yoga helped Jackie Patterson launch a business that is helping others.

Case study

Student books his place in business community

A young entrepreneur from Dunoon is aiming to help students throughout Scotland save thousands of pounds this academic year.

Case study

New website proves Falkirk mum knows best

A Falkirk mum hopes her new website will become the go-to place for Scottish parents and carers

Case study

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