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Insights for growth

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Introduction to Social Media

This workshop will give you a basic introduction to Social Media and how you can use sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin as powerful business tools to interact…


Marketing, Advertising and Promotion

This workshop will help you create a realistic marketing plan designed to improve your marketing efforts and ultimately lead to more sales. It will give you the…


Social Media

To provide an overview of social media and its actual and potential opportunities for businesses

Isle of Benbecula

Website Builder Part 2

This workshop follows website builder part 1 (you must have attended part 1 first) and during a full days tuition you will learn more about Domain Names and how to…


Business Start-Up: Marketing

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


Get Real Results From Your Website

This workshop aims to give you the expertise necessary to make your website successful.


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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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Franchise provides teacher with the formula for success

A chance conversation 18 months ago provided Kathleen O’Donnell with the perfect formula for her own business.

Case study

Poporopo's popular Scottish popcorn set to explode onto UK shelves

Scotland’s only air popped popcorn company has created two jobs to help meet anticipated demand after signing a deal with one of the UK’s leading food distributors.

Case study

Safety first for new Dunoon based business

A senior fire officer who retired from the service after 30 years has set up his own company aiming to raise fire safety standards within the business community. 

Case study

Glasgow company set to light up film industry

A Glasgow company that can boast one of Hollywood’s top cinematographers as a client has now set its sights on significant expansion in the USA.

Case study

American retail idea finds success in Inverness

As mothers, Carrianne Matte and Donna Grant knew first-hand just how much clothes, toys and equipment children can amass and that is why they launched Piggy in the Middle. 

Case study

Fife duo turn hobby into thriving retail business

When Nadia Moreland and Lorraine Gardiner were looking to furnish their home they decided the best way to add unique, sustainable pieces was to upscale vintage furniture they found. 

Case study

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