I am not naturally a business person, so for business planning my adviser has been worth his weight in gold.

Sam Booth, Owner of Echo Living


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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.

Record Keeping

Run your business finances more efficiently and make sure you are compliant with tax law


Trading Online

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


Business Start-Up: Finance

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


An Introduction to Project Management

This sessions introduces attendees to the key skills involved in project management.


Business Start-Up: Finance

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


Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

This workshop aims to make you aware of the various requirements involved in setting up a 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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Furniture restoration business is perfect for Paisley

Within eight months of opening her furniture restoration and vintage gift shop, mum-of-three Jennifer McQuade has already taken on staff to cope with demand.

Case study

Architect draws on experience to create kids sketching kits

An architect who created a range of drawing kits for budding artists is now selling her products throughout the UK.

Case study

Wick designer fashions business growth

Jennifer Easton, launched her own fashion label JAED in 2010 after returning home to Wick. Now, she shares with us the story behind her business.

Case study

Moray coffee shop enjoys sweet smell of success

Amanda Adams and Gayle Johnstone took over a popular coastal café earlier this year and after revamping it the pair from Lossiemouth renamed it Aroma Coffee Shop. Now, they share with us the story behind the business.

Case study

Love of art inspires new business for Oban graduate

A science graduate with a childhood love of art has set up her own business making jewellery and crafts.

Case study

Dundee business has designs on future growth

Dr Mhairi Towler set up Vivomotion in 2012. Here she shares with us the story behind her business.

Case study

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