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Digitise Your Business Processes - DigitalBoost

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

Stirling

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.

Ayrshire

Advertising with Social Media

Want to quickly build a relevant fan base or an active email list? Want to generate sales straight away?

Fife

Facebook for Business - DigitalBoost

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.

Argyll & Bute

MailChimp

MailChimp

Lanarkshire

Trading Online

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

Glasgow

Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

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

Aberdeenshire

Start Up Finance & Planning

"This workshop will help you get to grips with working the basics of running your business, making sure that everything is in place for your start date and ensuring that your business has the best cha

Dumfries & Galloway

Digital Marketing Strategy - DigitalBoost

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

Aberdeen

Website Data Analytics - DigitalBoost

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

Highland

LinkedIn for Business (Intermediate) - DigitalBoost

Want to boost your business with LinkedIn? We’ll take you beyond networking by showing you how it can market your products and promote your brand.

Edinburgh

Advertising and Promotion

This workshop will give you the knowledge and skills you need to identify the best methods of promotion for your business and to produce an advertising plan to boost sales.

Renfrewshire

Business Start-Up: ICT

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

Aberdeenshire

Mastering Selling Skills

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

Dumfries & Galloway

Digital Marketing Strategy - DigitalBoost

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

Highland

Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

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

Lanarkshire

A Beginner's Guide to Intellectual Property.

"Intellectual property is anything from the words you write, to the designs you create, or the ideas you develop and the brand you use - and protection can include copyright, patenting or trade mark.

Glasgow

Business Start-Up: Finance

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

West Lothian

Business Start-Up: Finance

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

Dundee

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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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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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